Teaching situational awareness to kids

This guest post from our friend Emmanuel Manolakakis of Fight Club Toronto. — Halloween is here.  This is a great time to talk situational awareness or as its more commonly known as “street safety & smarts”. I’ve met and talked with countless soldiers and law enforcement professionals over the years and I’ve noticed that they[…]

Taking the plunge

I dropped in to see one of Roots Instructors Brad to ask him about his approach for beginners. Because how can you attract new students given the certain mystique and intimidation that surrounds SYSTEMA. “There is a heavy emphasis on working safely and slow enough to accommodate skill level. But the big thing is you[…]


..it. I came across a TEDx talk on “GRIT: The power of passion and perseverance”. In it, Angela Lee Ducksworth discusses the concept of grit as the biggest predictor for success, as opposed to other characteristics like IQ for example. In other words, those who possess it -grit- will be more ‘successful’ at whatever it[…]

Going going gone..

Masterclass review. I had the privilege of watching the first two days of the Summer Intensive we just completed with special guest instructor Emmanuel Manolakakis. ‘Masterclass’ sounds a little intimidating so I didn’t really know what to expect. And well, put Vali and Manny in a room together and you never really can predict… the[…]