Systema For Life

Systema For Life

Episode 02: Emmanuel Manolakakis

October 04, 2017

"You see this manifestation in some of the highest levels of martial arts, where they work with very little contact. And it looks effortless. And everybody calls it bullsh*t. But then you watch Michael Jordan going for a layup...he's changing five different directions and sailing up there like a bird, and everybody's like 'WOW'. But nobody doubts it. That's interesting to me."

In-depth interview with Senior Systema Instructor and Chief Instructor of Fight Club Toronto, Emmanuel Manolakakis.
Emmanuel has been training Systema for more than 20 years, and has trained extensively under masters Vladimir Vasiliev and Mikhail Ryabko. He now teaches adult and youth groups at his own studio on the south side of Toronto, and teaches seminars and workshops around the world.

Recorded live at Fight Club earlier this year, this conversation covers a lot of ground, including: why he trains Systema, working with youth groups, building resilience through anti-fragility, and the benefits of quiet time and journaling.

For more information about classes and seminars with Manny, visit