SYSTEMA is rooted in martial culture of Slavonic nations. This culture was and remains now one of unsolved mysteries in world history. Did it ever exist at all? Previously this fact was being doubted. Data and opinions on weapons, tactics, military and social structure of Slavonic army were ambiguous and contradictory. However, more and more historical evidences point that martial culture of Slavonic nations did exist. And it did not yield an inch to other systems that were created in the East.
After the Revolution the art of hand-to-hand partly moved abroad along with emigrated officers and replenished arsenals of foreign secret services, partly was only practised within family ambience, partly got into criminal environment during times of repressions, partly started serving for the Soviet power in bodies of national security and militia, and partly was lost. Soviet power tried to prohibit or conceal everything having common roots or anyhow associated with the church, belief, God. Thus, having the origin of martial arts, we were forced to draw information from abroad...
According to historical notes and sources, SYSTEMA remained in service of the Soviet Army but all associated activities were classified as “top secret”.
Mikhail Ryabko was trained from the age of five and involved in combative training from the age of fifteen. He worked in militia in RF Ministry of Interior Security Department, trained the Minister's security guards. He was a tactical commander of hostage-rescue teams, counter-terrorist operations, and armed criminal neutralization. Mikhail resides in Moscow, holds the rank of Colonel and was an assistant to RF General Prosecutor. He is a veteran of military actions and veteran of labor. He has been in numerous military campaigns and holds many medals and awards from the government and from the Russian Orthodox Church. He continues to train many students as the Master Teacher of Systema.