I came to Systema through videos that looked too amazing to be true. Both curiosity and a very young part of me seeking super-powers compelled me to contact Glenn. Now, I train because Systema is the best form of meditation, all-around fitness regimen, and personal growth catalyst I've ever encountered. Plus, I develop the occasional super-power!
I run PlantYourself.com, a health consulting service that empowers people to go from managing conditions to achieving true wellness. As a researcher, speaker, educator, and coach, I help clients make informed decisions about options and take control of their health destinies.
I am contributing author to T. Colin Campbell’s WHOLE: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition and the upcoming Proteinaholic by Garth Davis, MD. My family and I live in Pittsboro, where I garden, practice classical guitar, play Ultimate Frisbee, and figure out how to use a scary-looking compound miter saw.
I went to my first Systema class with a friend who was familiar with the form. I had never been taught any form of combat or martial arts before, and I was interested in learning some self defense. I've definitely picked up some ways to defend myself, but I continue to come back to class because they're enjoyable and they make me feel balanced. NC Systema is an incredibly supportive community and the classes have helped me discover my own strength.
I am a recent college graduate working at a research institute in RTP. When I'm not working, practicing Systema, or watching Netflix, I perform weekly at an improv theater in Chapel Hill.
I originally came to Systema purely for the self-defense aspect of it but stayed for the confidence it gave me. There is so much to gain from training in Systema but if one had to sum it up in a succinctly it teaches you to move, breathe and relax during stressful situations. I would say Systema is as much a lifestyle as it is a martial art and I continue to train because I cannot imagine my life without it. In addition, this is a great group of folks with a fantastic teacher, Glenn Murphy, at the helm. Time spent at NC Systema is always quite challenging and a lot of fun.
Outside of Systema, I am research scientist at UNC and truly enjoy my work. When I am not at work, I cherish time with my family as well as hiking, running and biking although there seems to be little time for the later. Such is life!
I'd been interested in self-defense for some time, but had a hard time finding a martial art that fit my energy and worldview. The specific techniques of judo confused me, and the fierce aggression of Krav Maga turned me off. What I found in Systema was more than just self-defense (though it's awesome for that) — I found a better way to live. Whether I'm pitching a creative concept to an advertising client, embodying a variety of physical characters on stage or screen, or just trying to fall without getting hurt, Systema helps me control my tension and breathe through whatever comes my way.
Outside of my Systema passion, I'm a writer, actor, and marketer who specializes in digital content creation. When I'm not dodging punches in class, you can find me acting in a live theater performance, writing a screenplay, or trying to impress people that I know more about cigars and whiskey than I actually do. Like Systema, I enjoy pursuits that leave me plenty of room to grow.
I began Systema as a way to stay active in the winter months, since I prefer to play outdoor sports, and on the recommendation of a friend who used to mercilessly wrestle me until I had no escape. Tired of losing, and interested in the concept, I gave it a try and was hooked. Systema taught me an increased awareness of my body and those of others, as well as how to connect and disconnect mind and body. It continues to be an excellent mode of distressing and rebuilding after working on others, and I finally don't lose (all the time) at wrestling. The group of training partners has become like family and keeps bringing me back.
I am a physical therapist by day, movement nerd and recreational sport enthusiast at night and on weekends. I enjoy rock wall climbing, playing sports, and getting outdoors.
I started attending Systema classes in the Spring of 2015, to find an activity my husband and I could enjoy together to build up strength and learn self-defense skills. From the first class, and with every session since then, I have found Systema extremely fulfilling, challenging and rejuvenating. The instructors and training partners provide encouragement in every class, and pushme well beyond my comfort zone to achieve things I didn’t think were possible. I always leaves the class feeling empowered and refreshed. Systema has helped me address years of chronic back pain and to regain my youthful outlook on life.
I enjoy hiking, camping, scuba diving, hanging out with extended family, and spending time with my Systema partner / husband Henry, and our Australian cattle dog, Mattie. I lead a team of Business Operations Managers at Cisco Systems, and have a BA in History.
I had trained in another Russian system (ROSS), but finding good instructors is difficult. To find an excellent Systema instructor like Glenn in my area was great. I get from Systema an increased sense of confidence, an ability to deal with the various ups and downs of life, and of course a great workout. I continue to train for the depth hidden in the apparent simplicity and the great people. Besides Systema, I enjoy diving, improv, shooting and programming when I'm not working as a psychologist.
I have been wanting to learn Systema after I watched Vladmir's videos many years ago. Finally, I have this great opportunity to learn from and train with Glenn. I enjoy exploring the power of body and mind in every class I attend. My 7 year old son also takes private Systema lessons with Glenn, and I can see that he benefits from various techniques of breathing, relaxing and moving.
I am a faculty member at Duke Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. As a biomedical engineer and imaging physicist, I have been developing better imaging technologies for mapping the neuronal networks of human brains. I enjoy walking, swimming, reading, playing board games and video games with my family, and trying out different types of food.
I dropped in to Systema at the urging of good friends to see what it was all about. If you've ever stumbled across something you didn't know you needed, you get the drift of my experience in that first class. Whether we're concentrating on breathwork, finding relaxation in the flow, building/breaking structure or staying on the move, there's something new with every class, every training partner, every motion, every breath, every thought. Systema is both a mirror facing in and a window looking out, a place to train, learn, and grow should you be standing in the shallows of experience or climbing the next mountain in your life. Good people and many great memories later, in and out of training, and I keep coming back. You might even get to punch this guy. What's not to like?