Schedule updates

Posted in Uncategorized on May 13, 2013 by Lexington Systema

We will not hold Saturday classes on May 18th or 25th due to other major Systema events.  Our Wednesday classes will continue as regularly scheduled, from 7-9.  Saturday classes will resume on June 1.

And remember, if you are a senior citizen, or have a senior citizen in your life in the Lexington area, Lexington Systema is hosting a self-defense class tailored specifically for the over-50 community through the Maury River Senior Center in Buena Vista.  Click here for more information on registering for this class!

Knife Work Series Starting!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2013 by Lexington Systema

Over the next few weeks we’ll be focusing our attention on knife fighting. We will look at defending against the knife, knife disarms, knife-on-knife work, and offensive knife work. I hope you will join us!

Street Crimes Video

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2013 by Lexington Systema

This video is available now for download from the Systema HQ website. I was there when it was filmed, and I highly recommend it as an enlightening look at protecting yourself from petty theft, pickpocketing, and similar street crimes. If you have an organization that would be interested in learning more about this, and other aspects of self-defense, please contact Lexington Systema through the link on the right sidebar.

Upcoming Events

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2013 by Lexington Systema

Adult and teen classes will continue meeting at Lexington Systema on Saturdays from 1-3 and Wednesday nights from 7-9.  We encourage you to come visit us at 60 Cloverleaf Ln.  We encourage you to contact us for detailed directions, as some people have had difficulty finding us.  Watch this page closely for upcoming announcements on summer women’s self-defense classes and kids classes!

NC Systema will be holding a seminar on outdoor training on May 25-26th.  Spaces are very limited; visit the event page on Facebook for registration information.

And finally, we will be hosting a 5 week self-defense class for senior citizens through the Maury River Senior Center in Buena Vista.  We welcome all participants over the age of 50, as well as their younger family members.  People of all levels of fitness and ability are encouraged to attend.  Pre-registration is required, please contact the Senior Center via their website, or by calling them at (540) 261-7474. 


Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2013 by Lexington Systema

First, as a reminder, we will not meet for classes tomorrow, Saturday April 20th.  We will resume our normal schedule Wednesday from 7-9.

Second, beginning today, discount certificates are available at  These certificates are good for 2 months of training for the price of one.  If you’ve been interested in checking out Systema, this is a great chance to give it a try!

Systema FAQ Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2013 by Lexington Systema

Why are so many of the drills in Systema so slow?

  • Much of Systema is taught by a progressive sequence of drills that emphasize proper movement, breathing, posture, and relaxation.  These are all things that need to be learned, initially, in slower drills.  You may have heard the quote before that slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.  To be fast, you must be smooth, and to learn to be smooth, you must practice slowly.  Your speed, and the speed of the drills, will increase as you improve.

Can Systema benefit me outside of a violent confrontation?

  • Yes, in many ways.  The physical skills can help with almost any active pursuit.  You will become more comfortable and efficient in your movement, and learn to avoid unnecessary tension.  You will find that you start to move more intuitively and smoothly; for instance, you will find it much easier to move through large crowds of people because you will be able to make the small adjustments in your movement necessary to take advantage of small gaps in the crowd.
  • In addition, the psychological skills you gain can help every aspect of life.  You will learn to breathe and relax in stressful situations instead of becoming tense and anxious.  You will began to control and eliminate fear, freeing yourself from the constant tension and worry so many people are prone to. 

How long does it take to become proficient at Systema?

  • This varies widely between individuals, and also depends on what you define as “proficient.”  In general though, you can expect to see substantial progress in your ability to defend yourself within the first 3-4 months.

As always, if there are questions you would like to see answered, please leave a comment and we will address the question in a future FAQ.

Systema in Still Motion

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12, 2013 by Lexington Systema

Thanks to Brendan Beavers of Shattered Images Photography for putting this together. Still motion allows an interesting slow-motion look at Systema ground fighting. Have questions about what you see in the video? Let us know in the comments!