Become a Systema Spetsnaz Instructor

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Systema Spetsnaz Instructor’s Benefits:

  1. Systema Spetsnaz Instructor receives all instructional DVDs at 30% off the retail price.
  2. Systema Spetsnaz Instructor receives a 25% discount for all seminars Worldwide! 
  3. An instructor has a right to open a school and teach group classes and private lessons.
  4. All instructors will be promoted on our website and all our social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest etc.
  5. We do not charge any monthly, yearly or any other fees from the certified instructors. All fees that instructor’s charges from students belong to the instructor!


Systema Spetsnaz Instructor’s requirements:

  1. Age: 18+
  2. Martial Arts experience: 1 year of training at our system or 3 years of training at any other Martial Arts.
  3. Certification/Knowledge confirmation:
  • Instructor level 1 – should take a re-certification test once a year.
  • Instructor level 2 – should take a re-certification test once in 2 years.
  • Instructor level 3 – none.

Online re-certification fee for level 1 instructor is $350.

Online certification is available only for level 1 instructor. Certification for level 2 and higher can be received only in person at the seminar. Read more details about Systema Spetsnaz – Self-Defense Instructors Levels – click here.

Systema Spetsnaz - Russian Martial Art

Russian Martial Art - Systema Spetsnaz



Online certification fee: $699

5 steps certification process:

  1. Fill out the certification form below
  2. Purchase all Spetsnaz DVDs
  3. Practice Systema Spetsnaz on your own and record 2 video clips using Instructor’s evaluation plan below.
  4. Upload videos to YouTube and email us links to your video. Your video should be in English or Russian language.
  5. After reviewing your video, we might set up additional skype conference with Vadim Starov.
    Note: If you pass the exam successfully and receive an instructor’s certificate, we will use your videos (fully or partially) at our website, YouTube and other social media networks to promote your new school.

The instructor certification fee includes:
– email support (for all your training questions while preparing your instructor’s video)
– the evaluation of your 2 video clips,
– skype conference/interview with Vadim Starov (optional)
– English-Russian translation for Vadim Starov during the skype interview.

Certification fee does not include instructional DVDs. They must be purchased separately!


Systema Spetsnaz Instructor’s evaluation plan:

Theoretical part
(Video #1 – 10 minutes maximum):

1. Introduction –  2 min.
Name, Age, Martial art & spiritual experience

2. Demo of your current martial art style – 3 minutes.
We would like to see a reality based sparring with 1-2 people, where you are using striking and punching techniques, defensive techniques against strikes and punches and defense against grabs.

3. Why do you want to become a systema spetsnaz instructor – 2 min
What do you like the most about systema spetsnaz? What’s the difference between systema spetsnaz and other martial arts? Your future plans (organize group/private training, getting certification for your professional career: security, bodyguard etc.)
Training materials: DVD #1 and DVD #18

3. History of Russian martial arts – 2 min
Shortly, what do you know about Russian martial art history, your favorite historical battle or a commander?
Training materials: DVD #1, DVD #2, DVD #18, systema historical articles and any other books about Russian history of your choice.

Practical part: Systema Spetsnaz Self-Defense training:
(Video #2 – 35 minutes maximum):

1. Physical test
Exercise #1: 10 regular push-ups.
Exercise #2: 10 times – in the plank position – bring your legs to his chest and bring them back.
Exercise #3: abs – lie on your back. Choose one of the followings:

  • 10 time – rise up your body vertically (90-degree angle) or
  • 10 time – bring your legs over your head or
  • 10 time – folding in – bring together your elbows and your knees

Exercise #4: 10 times – jump from a full squat or 10 squats (5 on each leg, touching the floor with your knee).

Repeat everything 4 times (4 cycles). For the real Spetsnaz test, a soldier under age of 30 should be able to do all 4 cycles within 3 minutes. The instructor of level #1 should be able to complete all 4 cycles, no time limit.

Here is an example:

2. Wave motion exercises, figure eights (with your hand and legs), rolls, safe falling techniques, joint development exercises – demo 3 min + explanations (these exercises are important and what common mistakes students can make)
Training materials: DVD #3, DVD #5, DVD #14, DVD #16, DVD #17, DVD #18

3. Primary movements in Systema Spetsnaz – 2 min demo + explanations
Training materials: DVD #8, DVD #15, DVD #16

4. Punches & Strikes 2 min demo + 2 min explanations (how to deliver a strike, primary striking zones, different types of strikes and when to apply them (punches, strike with the side of your palm, bear paw strike, double and triple strikes, elbow and shoulder strike, energy strikes)
Training materials: DVD #4, DVD #10, DVD #15, DVD #18, DVD #20

5. Kicks and working in lower plane – 2 min demo + 2 min explanations
Training materials: DVD #4, DVD #15, DVD #17

6. Grabs, Chokes, wrist, elbow and finger locks2 min demo + 2 min explanations (wrist, elbow, shoulder grabs, chokes and grabs by the clothes, grabs from behind, principle of working with point of support and rotation, 3 plane concept)
Training materials: DVD #7, DVD #8, DVD #15, DVD #18

7. Take-down techniques – 2 min demo + 2 min explanations
Training materials: DVD #8, DVD #15, DVD #17

8. Knife, Gun, and Stick – 2 min demo + 2 min explanations (Knife and Gun disarming techniques using a lever and the 3 planes concept. Turning a knife against an opponent, body integration into the knife’s plane, knife threats to arteries, neck, the threat of a knife from behind. Threads with a gun.)
Training materials: DVD #6, DVD #7, DVD #8, DVD #15, DVD #16

9. Tension and relaxation in hand to hand combat – 3 min demo + explanations (the difference between chest and abdominal breathing, why is it important to fight in a relaxed state, what will happen if you tense your body, what’s your favorite relaxation exercise and why, if your inhales will be longer then your exhales what state you will achieve and opposite – if you exhales will be longer than your inhales)
Training materials: DVD #11, DVD #12, DVD #13, DVD #15, DVD #16, DVD #17

10. Working with Internal energy – 2 min of explanations – how do you understand internal energy, what the difference between energy strikes and regular strikes, how to generate your own energy in combat, why is it important to control your inner state, why psychological methods do you know to influence an opponent, how voice, intonation, speed of your movements can affect your opponent, why do you want to copy your opponent, and what’s the principle of “reverse mirror”, describe the situation where it can be used.)
Training materials: DVD #5, DVD #9, DVD #10, DVD #11, DVD #12, DVD #13, DVD #15, DVD #16, DVD #17, DVD #19, DVD #20

Feel Free to contact us with any additional questions! We would be happy to answer all of them!

Featured SYSTEMA SPETSNAZ DVD for Instructors: 

Russian Spetsnaz

Systema Spetsnaz - Russian Martial Art


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Systema Spetsnaz Instructor’s Questions & Answers:

Systema Spetsnaz TrainingI’m interested in pursuing Systema training and instructor certification. I am an advanced Krav Maga instructor and would love to add the Systema principles and system to my own studies as well as my students. I’m interested in the 10 DVD video set. If I study this, would I be prepared after to travel to Russia and pursue instructor certification?  Does this provide enough content to adequately prepare me?

hand to hand combat training
Yes, 10 DVD set will provide a good content to prepare you for the seminar and I think it will give you a good knowledge for the instructor certificate. I also recommend watching Systema Spetsnaz 3 day Seminar.

Being a Krav Maga instructor, you understand that not everyone who watched all instructional videos can become an instructor. It will depend only on you. Watching all videos once is not enough. You will have to practice to master your new knowledge. With your Martial Art experience, you know that mastery comes from practice and dedication. Wish you all the best in your practice. Feel free to contact us with training questions that you might have in the future.



  1. August 17, 2014    

    Buna ziua. Studiez artele martiale de peste 20 de ani. Am inceput cu karate( Shoto Kan, din 1988 pana in 1994, in paralel am practicat Judo,), Din 1994 am inceput sa studiez Kick si thai box, in prezent sunt antrenor. De mai mult timp ma atrag artele martiale rusesti, in special sistema. Va rog sa-mi comunicati cum pot studia aceasta arta martiala, eventual sa reprezint acest sistem in Romania in calitate de instructor. De loc sunt din orasul Focsani, jud. Vrancea si sunt de profesie avocat. Astept raspunsul Domniilor voastre.

    • August 17, 2014    

      Hello Plesa, you should come to one of our seminars, where Vadim Starov can evaluate your knowledge and issue you a certificate. Another option is to invite him to come to Romania and organize the seminar.

      Meantime, I would recommend to learn systema from our instructional DVDs and Seminar videos.

      Please, let me know if you have any other questions. We are welcome new instructors and glad to help you in your journey!

  2. Dre
    October 30, 2014    


    I’m 21 and I’ve taken an interest in Systema. I’ve looked it up on the internet many times and would like to learn more knowledge and practice. I’m from Sydney Australia, I’d like to become a qualified Systema Spetsnaz Instructor and would like to know how ?



    • Administrator administrator
      October 30, 2014    

      Thanks for writing. You can find the answer to your question above – watch DVDs, practice and attend one of our seminar for evaluation!

  3. PETER
    December 28, 2014    

    i would like to become an instructor in the bahamas how can i go about this process can someone tell me how

    • Administrator administrator
      January 6, 2015    

      There are 2 steps:

      1. Practice your combat skills (I would recommend you to practice from our DVDs and it will be even more effective, if you can find a partner)

      2. Attend one of Vadim’s seminar, where he can evaluate your skills and give you an instructor certificate. If you can’t attend his seminar, then you may want to organize a seminar for him, perhaps you are already practicing some martial arts, you can talk to students if your dojo or other schools.) We would be glad to post information about the seminar at our website and invite other students to join!

  4. fuat guzelbakan
    January 6, 2015    

    I want to get in touch with you about systema in Turkey..Thank you

  5. Arnaud Tiranty
    February 26, 2015    


    First, thank you for your very interesting website and videos.

    I am practicing Systema and I am very interested on becoming instructor later.
    My question is: After purchasing the DVDs,there is an imposed time limit to practice on my own and record the video ? Or can I take as long as I need to feel ready for it ?

    Thank you.

    • elena elena
      February 26, 2015    

      Hello Arnuad,

      There is no limit in time for your practice. When you ready, you fill out the instructor’s form and record the video. Take as long time as you need!

      And good luck with your Systema Spetsnaz training.

  6. kipros
    March 28, 2015    

    hello im from cyprus and i would like to be a systema instractor..i have karate,aikido experience..its nesessary to purchase all dvds?and onother question is i dont have a dojo. am i have to practice with someone else to send the videos? or mr Vadim Starov must come to cyprus..also what are the expenses? thank u very much in advance and im waiting !

    • Administrator administrator
      March 31, 2015    

      Hello Kipros,

      You can learn Systema Spetsnaz from DVDs or you can visit Russia and attend Master Class seminar in summer (https://www.systemaspetsnaz.com/classes-seminars/master-class-seminar)

      I recommend to purchase all DVDs, because each DVD covers different elements of systema and for the instructor it’s necessary to know all of them. Also, DVDs covers same subject from different angle/approach and you can see that same element can be used in different application with and without weapons, with one or multiple opponents. You will learn small details that are vital in hand to hand combat.

      You don’t have to have a dojo to become an instructor, but you will need a partner to practice with to pass the test(Instructor’s evaluation plan see above).

      If you’d like to organize the seminar in Cyprus, please, fill out the application here – https://www.systemaspetsnaz.com/organize-seminar
      After we receive your application, we will email you all the details.

      Have a great week!

  7. Kaleem
    June 16, 2015    

    hi I am still awaiting for your reply into joining

    Kaleem from the UK

    • Administrator Administrator
      July 2, 2015    

      Hello Kaleem,

      We replied to your email on June 19th, 2015. I emailed you again today – July 2nd. If you didn’t receive it, please check your spam/bulk folder. If you have any other emails, I can forward our reply to them as well.

  8. Melvin Rosales
    September 12, 2015    

    Hello, I am from Honduras, i am 18 years old and i’m interested in learning Systema, I am a former Taekwondo Black Belt 1st Dan, I train calisthenics, and i am fairly advanced in my training, however i want to know if Systema can allow me to achieve a greater knowledge of my own self, as that is my primary goal, to be one with my body, you may reply to my email if you desire for more information.

    I also want to add that i can no longer train at a dojo because of my studies I had to quit practicing Taekwondo at a dojo (i now practice with a partner at home), do I need a dojo for Systema? also the people who are willing to practice with me have no martial arts experience so I am pretty worried if that may affect my own Systema training (and his own for that matter), thank you very much for your time 🙂

    • Administrator Administrator
      September 13, 2015    

      Hello Melvin,

      Yes, you can train Systema at home, a dojo is not required. This is your personal preference.

      And, Yes, you can achieve greater knowledge in combat and self-development. Breathing, combat trance, meditation, working with energy take a huge part in Systema Spetsnaz training. I recommend you to watch our Self-Development DVDshttp://www.russiancombat.com/self-development

      Regarding the partners without martial arts experience, we recommend to practice with different levels of opponents. With stronger opponents (who has more experience in self-defense than you) – you can practice small details and advanced techniques. With opponents without experience you can practice the foundational principles of Systema Spetsnaz. By training others and showing your techniques you will discover a lot of hidden combat elements. You will definitely sharpen your self-defense skills by practicing with partners who is less knowledgeable than you.

      And, there are also a lot of elements that you will have to train on your own.

      I would say, go ahead and thank you for interesting in our style!

  9. Youssef
    April 8, 2017    

    Good evening sir. If I understand well. There is two options to become an instructor: we can do the online course and submit the test to you or attend the 6 days training and get the evaluation at the end.
    Is that correct? Or should we in both cases do a whole year of practice until we can get the level one certification?

    • Administrator Administrator
      April 10, 2017    

      You have 2 options to become our instructor:
      1. Online certification
      2. attend our seminar in Russia and get the evaluation at the end.

      For both options (if you want to become an instructor) – you should have at least 3 years in Martial Arts experience (any style)

      OR at least one year of training with us.

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