||Vladimir Vasiliev - Director and
Chief Instructor of the Toronto School of Russian Martial Art
Born in Tver, Russia, Vladimir studied at the Moscow Spetsinstitute and
received intense training from Mikhail Ryabko. Vladimir's work spans
across 10 years of extensive military service with the Special
Operations Units in SPETSNAZ, including regular high-risk covert
assignments and missions. He also served as trainer for paratroopers,
swat teams, and elite bodyguards. Vladimir moved to Canada, and in 1993
opened the first school of Russian Martial Art in North America. He has
since personally trained and certified over 300 qualified Russian
Martial Art instructors throughout the world. He continues to offer
training in fundamentals of the System as well as specialized training
for law enforcement officers, military, and other goverment personnel.
- Colonel of the Special Operations Unit with the Russian Military,
former Chief Instructor of tactical training for the Emergency Response
Team, former Advisor to the Supreme Judge of the Russian Federation.
Trained since the age of five by one of Stalin's personal bodyguards,
Mikhail was enlisted to the ranks of Spetsnaz at the age of 15.
Currently, his role is that of a tactical commander of hostage-rescue
teams, counter-terrorist operations, and armed criminal neutralization.
Mikhail resides in Moscow where he is Chief Instructor and host of the
annual Russian Martial Arts Camp Program in Moscow. He continues to
provide specialized instruction in all aspects of Systema through
regular classes in Moscow and seminars around the world. He has been in
numerous military campaigns and holds many government medals and
awards. Mikhail is
also the author of several publications as well as a textbook on
Tactics of Spets Operations.