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Welcome to the most informative SYSTEMA site in English on the world wide web.


My name is Paul Genge and I want to share what I know about the Russian Martial Art Systema with you.

The goal of Combat Lab is to share my experience of training Systema since 1999.  In more than 14 years I have travelled the world and spent over £50000 training with experts from different schools of Russian Systema.  Not only have I learnt from and taught for both Vladimir Vasiliev and Michael Ryabko I have study Sistema Homoludens with its founder Alexander Kostic and Systema Kadochnikova with the head of the Ukrainian Federation of Russian Martial Art, Alexander Maksimtsov and I am now am a student of the Russian Martial Art IZVOR under Michael Grudev. 

This site is my opportunity to share what I have learnt from them and many other masters of Systema with YOU.

Before you go any further I would like you to give me your email address so that you can receive the Combat Lab Newsletter.  

Get these vital training aids when you sign up:

  • You will get a free 30 minute MP4 on Systema punching that I guarantee will improve your punch.  That is a completely FREE video lesson that will demystify this powerful punching method.

  • You will get links to articles and video lessons teaching the Science of Systema including the biomechanics of structure breaking from Systema Kadochnikova.

  • Read articles and watch video lessons on power generation using efficient principle based movement patterns and develop devastating strikes based on a scientific knowledge of the body.

  • Learn how acrobatic techniques used by the Russian masters allow them to fall on concrete and move in tactical situations with the minimum of energy expenditure.

  • You will also get updates on new educational material and special offers that I release through this site.

  • You will get information about future seminars with a variety of instructors.

  • You will get regular updates of Combat Lab training events



Now that you have signed up to this exciting newsletter and taken advantage of our free video download take some time to look through  the video clips, articles and historical information on the site.

A good place to start is the blog index where articles are listed by topic.  Many of these articles combine a written article along with a video lesson on the topic being discussed.  There is no other site on the Internet that shares information on Systema in this way and it is 



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Also take a look at the Combat Lab shop for clothing, video downloads and our unique eBook range.  There is no other books on Systema like them in English. 

Our educational material includes the following books and our Combat Video Library where I am going to put a series of inexpensive video lessons shot at our classes for you to join along with our students and learn to use Systema as an effective self defence system.


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Study The Science With Systema eBooks 


Take advantage of our unique range of ebooks on different aspects of Systema and its study.  Unlock your potential by really understanding how Systema works and is trained.


Learn The Science Of Systema Biomechanics From The Only Manual On Systema Structure Breaking In English 



  • No longer leave yourself guessing what you should do to break an opponent’s structure using the science of biomechanics. 
  • Learn how to find the different triangulation points of the body
  • Discover how the triangulation points effect the application of the 45 degree principle
  • Classification of levers and how they can be used to maximise the force or speed of your takedowns
  • Couples of paired forces and how they increase the torque of the opponents rotation
  • How to remove an opponent’s equilibrium with rotation in three planes
  • Learn how pressure to the correct points on the body can maximise the effects of your movements
  • How the side / side hypotenuse is used to remove the degrees of freedom in the fingers and wrists
  • The Question mark used to accumulate your opponent’s force with your own and gravity
  • Short locks and their application
  • Escapes from holds using the principles of mechanics and simple machines
  • You will learn the truth about working without contact


You can buy a PDF copy of this eBook for only £9.99 by clicking the buy now button.

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Have You Ever Wanted To Know The Goal Of A Systema Drill Or Are Simply Wanting New Ideas For Your Own Class Or Solo Practice?


Taken from over 12 years of experience studying and teaching using the teaching methods of various Systema Schools this manual will teach you tried and tested progressions for Systema drills that are designed for People teaching Systema groups and students wanting to structure their solo training.

In this 100 page manual you will learn:

  • You will learn how to structure drills so that your students make measurable improvements in their Systema
  • You will learn tested drill progressions that I know rapidly speed up Systema learning
  • You will learn specific teaching techniques from Systema Kadochnikova, Sistema Homoludens, Systema Vasiliev and Systema Ryabko
  • You will learn drills and exercises I have developed to help my students learn Systema efficiently 
  • You will learn exercises that you can practice on your own that I guarantee will improve your Systema
  • You will learn methods for learning low acrobatics movements as taught be the top Systema Masters.


To get this unique eBook in PDF format for only £14.99 click the Buy now button.   

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Do You Want Better Health?  Systema Could Have The Answer…


When I first started to study Systema in 1999 many of the students carried out various practices such as dousing and fasting as part of the greater goal of Systema, to produce a stronger and healthier student. 

I was later to find out that many of these powerful healing methods were being practised by over 100000 people world wide and that they too were amazed by the benefits they gained from them.

As the Systema Kadochnikova instructor Alexander Maksimtsov points out, 'If a combat system of men’s preparation doesn't have a sense of practical health for those who use the drills, than it’s not a perfect one.'

Systema and its instructors know this and have invested many hours on research and development of methods to promote health and improve your life.

The goal of this book is to discuss the various aspects of the Russian Health System and provide both scientific and anecdotal evidence of it benefits.

These simple ideas can massively boost your health and well being.  

In the Russian Systema Health System eBook you will learn:

  • The power of cold water dousing and how there is scientific evidence that it boosts your immune system.
  • The different types of dousing and how dousing helped me through an asthma attack.
  • The historical source of dousing in Vasiliev Systema.
  • The proper method of fasting as recommended by Vladimir Vasiliev and some other varieties of fast that offer amazing health benefits including weight loss and how it can prevent the proliferation of cancer cells.
  • How to fast and why fasting is good for your brain.
  • Joint mobility exercises designed to promote natural movement and how these are linked to breath.
  • Burst breathing from Systema Ryabko will be de-mystified with an explanation of its mechanics that I got from Konstantine Komorov.
  • How Systema teaches you to order the priorities in your life.
  • How the ability to operate your life is the ultimate goal of Systema.
  • The correct method of taking a Russian steam bath and how it can revitalise the system.
  • The benefits of the Russian massage techniques and how to perform them safely.
  • When and when it is not safe to carry out massage.
  • Methods of increasing the mobility in the back when you do not have  training partner available.

All this information and much more is available for the small investment of £15.99. (This comes as a pdf download compressed in .zip format)


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