Episode 55: David Merrill


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By Glenn Murphy, NC SYSTEMA, Glenn Murphy, and NC SYSTEMA. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In-depth conversation with David Merrill - veteran Systema practitioner, and the first American to be granted an Instructor qualification by Systema HQ Moscow. Here, we discuss Dave's early experiences in Systema, and how his concept of the style has changed over many years of training and teaching. Along the way, we also cover:

  • his (critical) motivation for learning Systema knife defense
  • his first training trip to Siberia and Moscow
  • his tough intitiation with Mikhail Ryabko
  • returning to form, and the tension-free state
  • the value of changing the way you think
    See a clip of David in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2faL58tSGj0

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