Russian Martial Arts is very different than its eastern counterparts. Millie and Michael Gonzales, who own Systema Russian Martial Arts in San Antonio, call it a more “mindful” approach to martial arts because of the emphasis on breathing, relaxation and proper body positions and movements.
Their approach to self-defense emphasizes real-world events and skills that focus on force redirection, balance disruption and injury avoidance rather than a mastery of specific self-defense skills.
The Systema approach to self-defense fits women well, says Millie Gonzalez, which is why Systema will begin offering special fitness and self-defense classes for women in January. Women’s fitness and self-defense classes will take place Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., starting in January. Systema classes for men and women take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-11 a.m.
Systema is located inside Roots Fitness, 2334 Jackson Keller Rd. For more information visit www. sanantoniosystema.com.