Russian Martial Art Seminar
Close Encounters: Close Quarters and Short Work
June 22-23, 2013
Saturday & Sunday, June 22-23, 2013
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Family Martial Arts Center
231 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010 (Click here for a map to FMAC).
Parking is available to the south of the school in the lots near the railroad tracks.
Early Registration: $100 per day if pre-registered by Sat., June 8
Early Registration:  $125 per day at the door
To pre-register, send signed form and payment to:
Lance Rewerts, 238 17th St., Ames, IA 50010
Payment may also be made through PayPal. Click the link below and
send payment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A t-shirt, BDUs, sweat pants, shorts or any other comfortable workout clothes are recommended. Training knives are always welcome.
For more information contact Lance at 515-663-9822,
or send email to email@example.com
For those needing overnight accommodations, there are several hotels within easy drive (or walk) of the seminar location:
University Inn, 226 South Duff Ave, Ames, (515) 232-0280 (Within walking distance of FMAC)
Ames Microtel Inn & Suites, 2216 SE 16th Street, Ames, (800) 771-7171
AmericInn of Ames, 2507 SE 16th Street, Ames, (515) 233-1005
Quality Inn, 2601 East 13th Street, Ames, (515) 232-9260
Martin Wheeler started his martial arts training at the age of nine and has been training for more than 30 years since. He holds an advanced Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate, has trained in Judo, Thai Boxing, Filipino Escrima, and is one of the top practitioners of the Russian Martial Art (Systema) in the Western Hemisphere. During that time he spent more than ten years as a professional bouncer, working as and training bouncers in London and the US. Martin now brings the benefit of his extensive training, experience, and skill to a wide varierty of groups, including S.W.A.T. teams, the Boat Teams of Naval Special Warfare Groups Two and Four, Special Operations Groups and civilians around the world. Mr. Wheeler currently lives in LA where he trains and teaches RMA.
I was fortunate enough to attend Martin's 4-day Master Class in October in San Diego. Unfortunately there isn't any of that video available yet, but enjoy a taste from last year's class:
Systema is a comprehensive art based on centuries-old Russian martial arts traditions and developed and used in
modern times by the elite units of the Russian Special Forces known as Spetsnaz. The style is based on natural, free movements
and has no set stances or forms. All tactics are based on instinctive reactions, individual strengths and characteristics,
specifically designed for fast learning. Training emphasizes proper breathing and movement, and encompasses many combat situations
including single and multiple attacker hand-to-hand, groundwork, striking, and the use of knives and other weapons.