Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Russian Martial Art?

  2. What is the difference between Russian Martial Art and Oriental Martial Art?

  3. How long has the Russian Martial Art been around?  We are often asked if this is new?

  4. Is this Sambo?

  5. Can anyone do this? 

  6. Do you recognize belts?

  7. Does it matter if I have martial art experience or not?

  8. Is this good exercise and a workout – health?

  9. How large are the classes?

  10. How formal are classes?

  11. Are the classes separated by age or gender?

  12. What is the typical age of your students?

  13. How intense are the classes?   I’ve heard of martial arts places where people have taken a real beating.  What am I getting into here?

  14. A lot of martial arts teach how to use weapons.  Do you teach anything like that?

 

1. What is Russian Martial Art?

Russian Martial Art is a hand-to-hand combat fighting system developed in Russia and utilized by some of the Elite Special Forces.  It is based on concepts, not techniques.  It is designed to be used in everyday real-life situations.  It is not a sport. (back to top)


2.  What is the difference between Russian Martial Art and Oriental Martial Art?

The Russian Martial Art is built totally on relaxation, breathing and free movement with the mind set of no malice or want of retaliation.  Its foundations rely on meeting a need- that need is survival.
There are no stances in the Russian Martial Art.  Therefore, there is no tension in the skeletal system, especially the spine.
There are no techniques, katas, stances or predetermined moves, such as “if they do this then I’ll do this”.
The Russian Martial Art works on the skeletal system of the body, NOT muscle.
There are no belts to be earned, just knowledge.
Russian Martial Art teaches concepts, not techniques.
Russian Martial Art also teaches how to survive against multiple attacks, which many arts do not specifically teach.  It also teaches how to survive in everyday situations and settings such as how to survive an attack against a knife, gun, bat, chain, and how to work in confined spaces such as a stairway, against a wall, in a car, on the ground, and many more real-life scenarios.  (back to top)


3.  How long has the Russian Martial Art been around?  We are often asked if this is new?

No, the Russian Martial Art has been around for over 1000 years being passed down generation to generation.  The old Russian Cossack and Slavic army fought against many nations, in different terrain, and all kinds of weather.  The Russians lived in many small villages and their past-time was music and dance.  As they danced they took that natural movement and put it to fighting moves, which makes it very relaxed and free moving.  One movement has natural flow to another movement including jumps and rolls.  The knowledge was passed down in this manner until 1917 when the Communist political party took control of Russia.  During the time of Communism all martial arts were outlawed.  Martial arts were only taught to military and police personnel during that time.  It was not until after the fall of communism in the 1990’s  that Russian Martial Arts started to emigrate out of Russia and immigrate to other countries.   (back to top)


4.  Is this Sambo?

No, Sambo or Cambo was originally for the Russian Special Forces, however it later became a sport.  Sambo is an acronym for SAMooborona Bez Oruzhiya which translates to self-defense without weapons.  One of the originators of Sambo was a Russian named Vasili Oshchepkov, who, prior to the 1917 revolution, studied Judo in Japan and during the revolution he taught hand-to-hand fighting skills, mainly Judo and Karate.  It contains stances, memorized moves, and the use of muscle. Yes, Sambo is a good fighting system however it has not reached the level of Russian Martial Art.  No, this is not Sambo.   (back to top)


5.  Can anyone do this? 

Yes, since Russian Martial Art is based on concepts and not the use of muscle, anyone has the ability to learn it.  We've taught women close to 80 years old.  They learned how to take down a large man, quick and hard, in a very short amount of time. However, more importantly they learned they could survive an attack.  We have also taught 12 year old boys how to defend themselves against multiple attackers.   (back to top)


6.  Do you recognize belts?

 No, we do not recognize belts per se. If you earned a belt in another art we respect your hard work and dedication.  But when you come to our school you will start fresh because the truth is we will teach you a new approach to self-defense and fighting.  The Russian Martial Art is very different from other martial arts; therefore many of the techniques you may have, while very worthwhile and respected, will not be utilized in a Russian Martial Art class.  The Russian Martial Art can give you a completely new perspective on fighting and a completely different set of skills to utilize.   (back to top)


7.  Does it matter if I have martial art experience or not?

No, if you do not have any previous martial art experience that is completely fine.  Actually, it is often easier to learn Russian Martial Art if you do not have any previous experience.  However, if you do have previous experience that is also fine.  While the Russian style is very different from other styles, we have had many students that have had previous experience in other martial arts.   (back to top)


8.  Is this good exercise and a workout – health?

Yes, but we work on your ability.  Let's explain-we have warm up before we start class.  This includes warming up the muscles slowly to get your lungs moving.  This can include push-ups, sit-ups, leg lifts, rolls, etc. We don’t judge though- if you can only do one push-up then it is up to you to do 2 or 3 the next time. The class is not an aerobic workout like people typically think of when they think about exercise.  You will not be doing multiple reps of exercises designed to get you sweating, panting, or gasping for air. However, there are several health benefits incorporated into what the Russian Martial Art teaches.  You can learn to breathe better, have better joint mobility, increase your flexibility, reduce tension and stress in the body, and improve your physical condition and health in an overall capacity.   (back to top)



9.  How large are the classes?

Classes vary in size from generally 2-3 individuals to up to 8-10.  It just depends on how many people show up for class on any given day.  At this time classes are relatively small so that leads to more individual instruction time for each student.   (back to top)



10.  How formal are classes?

Classes are not formal at all.  There is no bowing, belts, competitions, or rituals.  For everyone’s comfort we try to keep the atmosphere light, do not judge others, and more importantly, encourage others when needed.  We do not yell, bark out orders, degrade, or ridicule others.  We ask that you be polite and use common courtesy when talking and working with others.   (back to top)


11.  Are the classes separated by age or gender?

No, they are not.  Everyone works together.  Honestly, you would not get to pick your attacker on the street, so we do not separate by age or gender in class.  A major benefit to this is you will be able to work with people of all different ages, sizes, and abilities.   (back to top)


12.  What is the typical age of your students?

Most of our students are adults anywhere from 20-70 years of age.  That is just a range though.  Individuals over 70 are welcome to attend and we will take students as young as 14, however there are additional rules that apply to any student between the ages of 14-18.  Please see our rules page for those requirements.  We do not offer any classes for individuals under the age of 14.  (back to top)


13.  How intense are the classes?   I’ve heard of martial arts places where people have taken a real beating.  What am I getting into here?

Our classes are not intense per se.  We realize that everyone has different abilities and comfort levels.  We will encourage you to test your limits but do not force you to do things.  As your ability and desire grows so will your skills and confidence.  We also realize that all of us have lives to live outside of class.  We DO NOT want our students to get hurt or sustain an injury that affects their daily routine.  Actually, the opposite is what we endeavor to teach.  Because the Russian Martial Art is based on breathing, relaxation, proper alignment of the body, and movement, it is our goal to teach you skills that could save your life in an attack, and this same set of skills can help you be healthier overall.  You should not leave class feeling like you or your body have “taken a beating.”  You should leave class feeling relaxed, confident, and with the knowledge that you have learned a new skill that could potentially save your life.   (back to top)


14. A lot of martial arts teach how to use weapons.  Do you teach anything like that?

Yes and no.  What we teach is hand-to-hand combat, so your body is your weapon. While we do not teach how to use a gun or a knife to attack someone, we do teach how to defend against such weapons.  In addition, because of the unique nature of the Russian Martial Art, you will learn that essentially any item has the ability to be a weapon.  Weapons can include your clothing or the clothing of your attacker, a book, chair, or just about any item you can get your hands on.  The Russian Martial Art will teach you how to use improvised weapons such as these and many more.  (back to top)