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Episode 116: James Sommerville Systema For Life

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This week we talk with James Somerville - Toronto-based Systema student, academic, and author of Meditations on a Russian Martial Art. James has a PhD in History from Queens University, and wrote his thesis on the dictum Know Thyself, as popularized during the Italian Renaissance era. As such, the book presents an interesting - if somehwat critical - take on the origins, practice, and historical context of Systema. Here, we discuss several core themes from the book, including:

* What motivated him to write the book
* Systema as a modern military art (vs an ancient / medieval one)
* Martial arts as performance arts
* The mixed implications of Systema philosophy

You may not agree with everything the James has to say here, or in the book itself (https://www.amazon.com/Meditations-Russian-Martial-James-Sommerville/dp/B08C9CYZ49/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=meditations+on+a+russian+martial+art&qid=1601480879&sr=8-2). But at the very least, it is a thought-provoking account of his very personal quest to understand and contextualize the art.

This week we talk with James Somerville - Toronto-based Systema student, academic, and author of Meditations on a Russian Martial Art. James has a PhD in History from Queens University, and wrote his thesis on the dictum Know Thyself, as popularized during the Italian Renaissance era. As such, the book presents an interesting - if somehwat critical - take on the origins, practice, and historical context of Systema. Here, we discuss several core themes from the book, including:

* What motivated him to write the book
* Systema as a modern military art (vs an ancient / medieval one)
* Martial arts as performance arts
* The mixed implications of Systema philosophy

You may not agree with everything the James has to say here, or in the book itself (https://www.amazon.com/Meditations-Russian-Martial-James-Sommerville/dp/B08C9CYZ49/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=meditations+on+a+russian+martial+art&qid=1601480879&sr=8-2). But at the very least, it is a thought-provoking account of his very personal quest to understand and contextualize the art.

1 hr 2 min