Kevin discovered Systema out of the desire to learn self-defense. He was drawn to Systema due to the no frills style of martial arts training; no belts, no rules, no pre-determined movements. But he was quickly drawn into the depth of this Russian style of self-defense. According to Kevin, one of the things he finds fascinating and unique about Systema is that this martial art is easy to learn but hard to understand. And that is exciting to him. There is always something new to work on and discover about yourself and the world around you.
When asked to describe his teaching style, Kevin is adamant that he is less an “instructor” and more of a “guide” in that he is committed to helping his students achieve the highest level that they possibly can, but at a pace and understanding that is right for the individual student.
In regards to training in Systema, Kevin remarks, “Training in Systema can feel very strange for people. There is no uniform, no belt system, no set rules or techniques in a student must learn. That makes Systema classes very different from each other in structure on any given day, which may feel strange to new students. But everyone encourages each other in class. Systema is one of those styles that you learn from your fellow students as well as your instructor.”