About Gary

He started learning Systema attending a five day immersive camp in Huntsville, Ontario in August of 2008. After attending seminars and classes it was recommended that he start teaching to improve is understanding of Systema. He has been teaching Systema since 2010 in Georgetown. He regularly attends classes at Systema HQ in Toronto and seminars.

Gary holds a Black Belt in Karate, and is a Level A Kapap Instructor.

Against Tension
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Aug. 9-11, 2019

EDGE Seminar
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Feb. 23, 2019

Fighting from the Ground Up!
Instructors: Adam and Brendon Zettler
Date: Saturday Jan. 26, 2019

Strikes | Holds | Mass Attacks
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Dec. 9, 2018

Personal Protection 
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Feb. 10-11, 2018

Parameters of Power
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Aug. 12-13, 2017

Systema – Clothing as a Weapon, Improvised Weapons
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Apr 2016

Systema – Weapons
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: June 21-22, 2014

Systema – Disarm the Gun
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: January 26, 2014

Systema Short Work & Escape from Holds
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev & Maxim Franz
Date: January 19&20, 2013

Systema Knife in a Fight
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: November 24&25, 2012

Systema at Full Range Camp 2012
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin Komarov
Date: August 13th through August 19th, 2012 

Strikes on the move
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date:June 9 & 10, 2012

Escape from Holds
Instructors: Adam and Brendon Zettler
Date: Saturday March 31st, 2012

Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date:February 18th & 19th, 2012

  • 3 hours of non-stop Systema Training on physical and psychological preparation for strikes
  • Eliminating the fear of taking and delivering strikes
  • Correct positionning of the arm and fist during striking
  • Consequences of incorrect striking
  • Developing power and precision
  • Diversity of strikes

The Power of Movement
Instructors: Adam and Brendon Zettler
Date: Saturday January 28th 2012

Systema Ground Fighting Seminar
Instructors: Adam and Brendon Zettler
Date: Dec. 10th 2011

  • All aspects of fighting and striking from the ground
  • Using every part of your body to attack your opponent

Systema – Clothing as a Weapon
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev and Systema HQ instructors
Date: Nov. 19th and 26th 2011

  • Understanding clothing yours an the attackers
  • Using your clothing against the attacker
  • Using the attackers clothing against them

Systema at Full Range – From Soft to Devastating
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev and Systema HQ instructors
Date: June 25th and 26th 2011

  • Learn the all-encompassing spectrum of Systema, from soft work to devastating action.
  • Control your power, intensity and speed in all situations.

Escape from Holds Seminar – Short Staff and Knife Seminar
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev and Systema HQ instructors
Date: April 2nd and 3rd 2011

  • Learn to control any chokes, holds, locks, grabs, and strangulations from any position, distance and force, from any stage of hold application.
  • Learn how to apply a short staff for training and for defense against strikes, kicks, holds and knife. Study and practice the fundamentals of staff and knife fighting and disarming.

Systema Tactics of Confrontation Seminar
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

  • Evaluating Situations (Locations and settings, Types of threat, Opponents, Your resources)
  • Decision Making (Attack, Defense, Retreat)
  • Effective Physical Actions (Ways to approach and move away, Intercepting aggressive intent, Deception, Beat the odds)

Systema Health Training Seminar
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Saturday, October 16th, 2010

  • Visceral pressures
  • Basic anatomy and physiology related to stress and confrontations
  • Practical application working with a partner and by yourself
  • Activation techniques
  • Breathing and muscle work
  • Walking and tapping massages

Systema Summit of Masters
Instructors: Mikhail Ryabko, Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin Komarov
Date: August 16th to August 21st, 2010
Topics: Various topics of Systema taught in a bootcamp setting.

Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Saturday, February 27th, 2010
Topics: Working with a Knife offense and defense

Systema Seminar
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev and Sergey Ozereliev
Date: May 16-18, 2009
Topics: Breath training, Hand to hand combat, Short work – Escapes from holds & Joint breaks, Wrestling, Knife disarming and knife fighting strategies Stick disarming and application, Beat the odds: Defense against 2 or 3 attackers Distance, Decision making, Identifying the aggressor, Redirecting attackers against one another, Striking & Multiple strikes

Systema Knife Fighting 2
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Feb. 7, 2009
Topics: Advanced Knife work

Systema Knife Fighting
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Nov. 22, 2008
Topics: Strategies of a knife fight,Choosing a knife to match your personality, Linear and circular patterns of work

Systema Breathing
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev
Date: Oct. 18, 2008
Topics: The key principles of breath work

Systema Immersion Camp 2008
Instructors: Vladimir Vasiliev and Konstantin Komarov
Date: Aug. 18-23, 2008
Topics: Systema skills in the challenging settings of field, forest, water, day and night.

Kapap Seminar – Knife and Gun disarming
Instructors: Avi Nardiav
Date: Sunday, Jan 27th, 2019

Kapap Seminar
Instructors: Avi Nardiav
Date: Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Kapap Seminar
Instructors: Avi Nardiav
Date: Jan. 31st, 2011

Kapap Instructors Certification & Seminar
Instructors: Moshe Galisko
Date: April 2nd-4th, 2010

Kapap Canada
Instructor: Shihan Joseph Schlesinger
Date: Oct. 26, 2008
Topics: Striking, Hand to Hand Self Defense, Knife Disarms, Gun Disarms

Instructors: Abundio Salazar Baet
Date: Sept. 8-9, 2018

KU Ground work
Instructors: Sensei Paul Lopresti
Date: Jul. 28, 2013

Filipino Martail Arts
Instructors: Guro Roger Agbulos
Date: April 13-14th, 2013

World Champion Ciao Terra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminar
Instructors: Ciao Terra
Date: August 25, 2012 

Matsumura Passai Seminar
Instructors:Hanshi Patrick McCarthy, 9th Dan
Date:August 4-5, 2012

2012 North American Gasshuku
Instructors: Hanshi Patrick McCarthy, 9th Dan
Date:August 1-3, 2012

Filipino Martail Arts with a no-nonsense approach to Combative Self Defense.
Instructors: Guro Roger Agbulos
Date: Sunday, March 6th, 2011

  • Knife on Knife
  • Empty hand against Knife

McCarthy Sensei Seminar 
Instructors: Sensei Patrick McCarthy
Date: July 3rd-4th, 2010

Tactical Rescue – Ballistic Awareness Course
Instructors: Peter Deryk
Date: May 15th, 2010
Topics: Injuries cased by bullets, and projectiles, Hand Guns, Long Guns, Gun Disarms, Combat Medical Evac

Kyoshi Christopher DiLiberto
Instructor: Kyoshi Christopher DiLiberto
Date: March 28th, 2010
Topics: Kata Aragaki Niseishi

Kyoshi Christopher DiLiberto 
Instructor: Kyoshi Christopher DiLiberto
Date: Dec. 6th, 2009
Topics: Kata Aragaki Unsu and Kata Aragaki Niseishi

MMA Seminar with Dan Henderson
Instructor: Dan Henderson
Date: Nov 21, 2009

Brazilian Jujitsu Seminar
Instructor: Royce Gracie
Date: Sept. 14, 2009
Topics: Take downs, Holds, Counters and sweeps.

XSD Skills Development
Instructors: Chris Mark, Allen Keng, etc.
Topics: Stunt fighting, parkur, gymnastics, trick kicks, break dancing

Tomari Wando – Kata
Instructors: Patrick McCarthy
Topics: Bunkai, application and meaning of the Kata

Bas Rutten MMA
Instructors: Bas Rutten
Date:Jan. 13, 2007
Topics: Striking, Grappeling, signature moves

As a beginner in the challenging world of Systema, I’m grateful to have Gary as an instructor.  His proficiency in Systema combined with his years of experience in other martial arts give him endless insights to share, always with humility.  Gary has helped me understand the concepts that are foundational to Systema, and how to embody many of these principles in my daily life.  I find myself breathing as I move and relaxing my tension more effectively than ever before.  Gary is a natural teacher: he’s good-natured, patient, attentive, often giving helpful pointers and encouragement.  He’s a pleasure to train with and I always leave class feeling better than when I showed up.
James Franze
I have been training with Gary for over two years now. Gary has distinguishing ability to explain what and how everything should be done. I look forward to my Saturday classes with him, because I am able to work out the tensions created during the week. I don’t like it when I can’t make it as I always feel better when I have been to class. As a wrestler, Gary has helped me become much more relaxed with my regular sparing. I was welcomed when I was new to Systema, and am now continually challenged by the work and my training partners.
Ruslan Drygant, CCLP