Simon Burke-Lipiczky began his martial arts practice in 1993 with Aikido under Ron Ragusa Sensei in Great Barrington, MA. During the course of his Aikido practice, he also became a student of the beloved Chi Kung/ Tai Chi master Djie Han Thung who helped him move deeper into the internal side of Aikido and gain a fuller understanding of the energetic side of martial arts practice. With the encouragement of his teachers, Simon began teaching both Aikido and Chi Kung in 2005.
Simon holds a 3rd-degree black belt in Aikido and ran an independent dojo in Troy, NY for four years. He has been a popular instructor in a wide variety of venues from Kripalu Yoga Center and Berkshire Pulse to the Saratoga Martial Arts Festival and The Bloom Well Center in Albany.
After the sudden passing of his Chi Kung teacher, Simon began to look for another way to explore the internal work that he had begun with Djie Han and in 2007 he attended his first Systema workshop. Within minutes it was obvious that this was an art that not only spoke the same language of his earlier practice, but had developed a very open method for moving deep into the territory that most arts shroud in mystery. Through facing fear, pride, anger, and self-pity in very concrete ways, Systema offered Simon a new way to understand all his training up to this point.
After some years of practice, Simon’s Systema instructor, Emmanuel Manolakakis, suggested that he begin a group in the Capital Region. For over 2 years now Simon has been leading a group of Systema practitioners in Albany and Troy developing a base for this unique art in the area.
Through out this process Simon has remained close to his Aikido community in Massachusetts and has also developed ties to the local martial arts community. He is happy to see a trend toward inclusion and openness in much of the martial arts world. Ultimately these arts are all paths to learning how to become the best possible people that we can be. In the words of Morihei Ueshiba, “There are many paths up Mt. Fuji, but there is only one summit—Love.”
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Systema (Russian Martial Art)
Systema is unique. There are no uniforms, no belts, and no forms to memorize. The movement is natural and free. Techniques arise out of open ended practice with loose parameters that allow you to learn and work with both your strength and your fear.
Classes consist of varied exercises and drills that allow students to explore and develop their bodies, psyches, and spirits. No martial arts experience is necessary and all levels train Systema focuses on developing combat skills, strong spirit, and physical health.
• Combat skills include movements that are powerful, precise, economical, spontaneous, subtle, and variable.
• The spirit, or psychological state, has to be calm and free of anger, irritation, fear, self-pity, delusion, and pride.
• The body has to be free of chronic tension in order to be filled with endurance, flexibility, effortless movement, and explosive potential.
The key principle of Systema is non-destruction. Our goal is to make sure that your training and attitude do no damage to your body or psyche or that of your partners. Systema is designed to strengthen your body, your psyche, your family and your community.
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“There are many paths up Mt. Fuji, but there is only one summit—Love.” -Morihei Ueshiba