Episode 79: Ivan Butsan


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This episode, a frank and heartfelt discussion on the practice and benefits of Systema with Ivan Butsan - longtime student of Vladimir Vasiliev and an Instructor at Russian Martial Art HQ, Toronto. Few who have trained with Ivan at HQ will forget the experience. He is at once a powerhouse of structure, a skilled opponent, and for those who are open to his insights, a generous teacher and training partner.
He is also the author and presenter of a popular Systema Blog, detailing lessons and principles he has learned at HQ.
Here, we talk at length about:

  • his first impressions of Systema
  • how and why he started his Systema Blog
  • the relationship between physical and psychological practice (including "energy work")
  • why it's important to tailor your Systema (for proper fit)
  • why he hates the phrases "stay loose" and "self defense"!
Check out Ivan's YouTube Channel here, and visit the accompanying Systema Blog at www.systemablog.com

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