Systema For Life Podcast - Episode 11: Mark Jakabcsin

Interview with Systema Instructor Mark Jakabcsin, fomerly of Systema Charlotte, now teaching in Atlanta, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

Mark was the only certified Systema Instructor in North Carolina when I arrived here in 2007, and host to the first seminar I attended with Vladimir. Before coming to Systema, Mark served in the US Navy and trained extensively in Judo and Aikijujitsu. Always generous with his knowledge, he has trained several Instructors now teaching in the western half of NC.

Here, we talk about his skeptical first experience of Systema, the role of emotions in training, and allowing your motivations to evolve over time.

You can find out more about Mark's classes - and read his insight-rich, multi-year blog - at