May 16th and 17th in Sebastopol, CA, Martin Wheeler will be joining us to teach this two day workshop on the unique Martial Art known as Systema.
We are very to host Martin for the second time in Sebastopol. The focus of the class will be Relaxation vs. Structure in both striking and ground work.
-11:30 Registration on Saturday May 16th
-Saturday class: 12:00-5:00 pm, workshop with minimal breaks, bring snacks and water
-Sunday class: 10:00-3:00 pm, doors open at 9:15
Systema is an ancient Russian martial art adapted for use in modern warfare by the Russian Special Operations and the Soviet spy network. Needing the fastest and most effective training regime for their elite fighters and undercover operatives, the Soviets experimented with many combat arts, only to rediscover the most deadly and sophisticated among their own traditional Slavic hill-fighting roots.
This two day event will be held by Martin Wheeler. After over a decade of training in Systema, Martin now teaches his highly effective combat solutions from his training facility at The Academy Beverly Hills. Born in England, Martin walked into his first training hall at the age of nine. One of his friends wanted to try a Judo class at the local YMCA in his home town of Paignton. His friends left. Martin stayed.
At age sixteen he began training in the Hawaiian street fighting system of Ed Parker’s Karate, at the ‘doorman’s academy’ in the same town. Named because many of the local bouncers trained there he was introduced to Kenpo in bare knuckle sparring sessions. A year later he began working at the local clubs as a bouncer, a profession he continued for the next ten years in clubs from London to the U.S. Twenty years later, after studying Boxing, Judo, Thai-boxing and Filipino weapons fighting Martin met Vladimir Vasiliev, the former Russian Special Operative demonstrating Systema at a seminar and knew he had witnessed something strange, unique and absolutely lethal in any environment. Martin now teaches his highly effective combat solutions to civilians, SWAT and Special Operations Units around the globe.
‘Martin wheeler is a skilled practitioner of Russian Systema and in the hands of a skilled practitioner Systema is a practical and highly effective system of defense and combat. Good for Law Enforcement and Military too.’ – Dan Inosanto, Inosanto Academy, Los Angeles, CA.
‘Martin Wheeler is one of the best kept secrets in English speaking martial arts instruction.’ – Black Belt Magazine.
“Martin Wheeler is one of the few instructors who understood Systema very quickly and has a very high level of skill and knowledge. I highly recommend training with him to anyone with a serious interest in martial arts.” – Vladimir Vasiliev