Urban Systema is a system of rules that increase you and yours' odds of surviving violence. Our methods focus on structure and movement, so size and physical strength are not required to becoming capable while the ability to stay calm, maintain precision, and follow the principles are critical.
We welcome people that want something that works, but have found traditional systems of self-defense uninviting, to come join us for a practice or two to see if it's a good fit. Our practices are structured so that you will regularly be matched with people up to 230 pounds and 6' 5" tall to practice both striking and manipulation/grappling. You will know, very quickly, how effective your efforts are and we provide feedback to each other to aid in improvement. You will strike and be struck, learning to use both to your advantage, as well as manipulate/grapple in standing and prone conditions so that you can learn how to deal with both. For women, the ability to test in close-to-real world-conditions is especially important since there are fewer traditional options for safely testing defense skills against much larger and generally stronger opponents.
Lastly, the point of Urban Systema is making you capable of defending yourself effectively. To do that you need to safely practice your skills under real conditions. That's what we do.
Mondays and Wednesdays
Gazebo in park at the corner of Red Line & Saratoga at the Alameda Point (old Naval Air Station - Alameda)
Guests, please send an email at least 24 hours in advance to confirm that you will be attending.