Hello community/forum. Since I am pretty much in to Russian culture and kind of grow up with Russians and it's culture, I still started quiet late to learn about Systema, since I've never practised systema or know anybody specific who practice it, I would like to ask you a couple of questions. 1. Is Systema as effective as people claim it is ? I've seen many split opinions about it, some say it is totally effective and the self-defense/combat system of the future, the other hand says it is total BS. What do you guys say about this ? 2. How spread is systema in Russia ? 3. How common will Systema be in the actual western world in the next 10 years ( UK,Germany,France,Sweden,Italy,USA,Belgium ). ? 4. For some reason, systema looks similar to Wing-Tsu, is this correct ? Are there many similarities ? 5. Would systema even be able to get common in countries like the UK, since weapons are forbidden ? As far as I know, systema teaches a lot about defense against armed enemies. 6. Is there some sort of grading or ranking system in systema ? 7. Did somebody of you, did actual use systema in a real life situation ? For self defense.. 8. People claim, Systema would come from a medieval tribe which developed and used it in combat, is this correct or not correct ? 9. Are there any connections between Sambo and Systema ? 10. Where has systema been in the cold war ? Neither me or my uncles,parents heard about systema, all of them served in a soviet allied nation in the military, they said they were only told kicks and punches from Khjoksul.