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Systema Bladework: At Close Range

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Target Time Defense

2410 NW South Outer Road

Blue Springs, MO 64105

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Target Time Defense is proud to welcome Joe Mayberry, owner and lead instructor at Systema Vasiliev: St. Louis. Joe is a Detective with the St. Louis Police Department Major Case Squad, former Diplomatic Protection Officer, and U.S. Marine Veteran.

Systema (Russian Martial Arts) is a concept based non-traditional martial art dating back to the 10th century. During the Soviet era, it was practiced by Soviet Special Forces Troops (SPETSNAZ) and Intelligence Operatives (KGB, GRU, MVD) and was a closely held state secret. With the end of the Soviet Union, the practice of Systema spread to the west and the rest of the world.

Using the Systema methods and concepts of training, participants will train to control and manipulate edged weapons. Using empty hands to defend against various types of knife attack and also how to defend oneself when armed with a knife as a tool of self defense. This training will concentrate on working "at close range" or the realistic distance of 0-3 feet.

This seminar will assist the everyday person interested in self-defense as well as the experienced martial artist (regardless of the art) to better defend themselves by learning to incorporate Systema Knifework into their self-defense plan and/or martial art.

This is not a physical conditioning course and we will seek to take into account physical limitations of the attendees, if possible.

What to bring:

-An open mind and positive attitude

-Training Knife (if you have one, if not we will have training knifes available for loan)

-Wear comfortable clothing, you can move in (everyday casual or workout)

-Notetaking materials, if you’re a notetaker -Water and a light snack

-Clear lens eye protection: if you wear prescription glasses or have a set of eye protection you wear for other activities bring them, if not we'll have pairs available.

All other training materials and equipment will be provided.


For questions or inquiries, please contact Scott Van Kirk at: scott@learntocarry.com

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