Andy Seatherton has been practicing martial arts since 1972, when he began learning Judo in Exeter, Devon in the South West of England. Andy has been teaching Systema since 2012 having attended many Seminars with some of the world’s top Systema masters over the years, including Vladimir Vasiliev, Martin Wheeler and Emmanuel Manolakakis Andy is passionate about martial arts that are effective and practical, having previously studied Judo, Aikido, American Kenpo, Ju-Jitsu, Tang-so-do, European Boxing and Escrima.

The Legends Seminar 2014 DAY ONE

The long awaited Legends seminar hosted by Jamie Robson and Matt Hill, kicked off on the 4th of October in Lillieshall, Shropshire, at the National Sports and Conference Centre. The instructors in residence were Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev. The subjects to be covered would be, unarmed combat against single and multiple opponents on day one and weapons against single and multiple opponents on day two. The first session began with Mikhial giving instruction to the nearly 200 strong class Continue reading

“Build a warrior, don’t break his spirit!”

It’s funny the parallels we see in the world around us, I was watching a program on TV a few weeks ago. It was based in a small working museum near my home town, a place was called “Morwellham Key”. A group of three people, two Archaeologists and a Historian, were spending a whole year living and working in the environment of the British Edwardian era, based between the death of Queen Victoria and the outbreak of the first world war. In one episode a new horse was required on the farm, so a herd Continue reading

“Want to learn to Fight? Then learn to breath!”

The human body is an organic machine, but like all machines it needs a fuel source to function efficiently, and like any other machine if you put the wrong fuel in this will impair that function. Now a day’s most people are aware of the crisis facing the world due to the obesity epidemic that is occurring globally. In 2008 figures were showing  1.4 billion adults overweight, and 500 million being obese. Over 40 million preschool children were overweight, and 2.8 million people dying every year as Continue reading

Systema South West The Story So Far

Our school of Systema has been running for around 4 years so far. We began training as a group of enthusiasts in a small hall use by a local play group. The group leader was good enough to allow us the use of this hall for free, as she knew how much Systema meant to us all. After A while the training became much more frequent, and our group became bigger. We out grew the small hall and needed to find a bigger venue. That venue is still our current location, but like any new venture we had to take Continue reading

Modern day Martial Arts becoming ineffective from competition

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Martial arts has always been a way of challenging yourself against others, but this has now come to a stage where the fighting itself has become impotent, by this I refer to competition. I do not mean to disrespect anyone reading this who has excelled or is training to excel in competitive fighting or sparring, but the take on this subject is as real as for a ring fighter as it is for a combatant who trains to survive on the street. Reality is different for everyone, my reality is a world apart Continue reading

Systema training? Love it but I don’t have time to practice!

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So how do I get the time? Well that’s quite a question, I can see many of you reading this blog going “Yeh! Been there, bought the t shirt. This guy is going to bleat on about going to the gym every day, do hundreds of push-up’s, squats, and sit-up’s.” Whilst you are in some ways correct, the need to regiment yourself into an exercise regime that can hinders your social life to a degree when you don’t actually have one is as counterproductive to healthy living, as eating all the wrong Continue reading