Why the name Convergent Systema:
The name Convergent Systema represents that Systema is the arena in which the various martial arts I have trained are allowed to be expressed together in a fluid and spontaneous manner for self defense. To me, Systema was the missing link to make me combat effective in the turmoil of real time and under real pressure. Systema made me better at the arts I knew, and much more.
What is Systema:
It is a Russian martial art taught to select Russian Special Forces units.
It emphasizes 4 principles:
These principles are used to create a freedom of movement and to allow for exploration; which, allows for spontaneity and adaptability in any type of altercation or combative situation to develop.
Systema does not have techniques and is instead learned through interaction with others and failing until you succeed in the task at hand whether it be taking someone down, avoiding the knife stab, dealing with getting struck, etc.
A good source of information is http://www.russianmartialart.com/
About the Paul McInnis the instructor:
I started training in martial arts in 2000 and began training in a combined style that included Chinese Kenpo, Jiu Jitsu and Hapkido where I trained one on one four days a week for 5 years.
In 11/09, I began training in Systema consistently three to four times a week under Brad Scornavacco in Longmont, CO and was an instructor in his school from 11/13-9/14.
I began to train in the Filipino arts in the Spring of 2011 and have participated in a Dog Brothers Open Gathering along with numerous informal full contact stick fights.
I moved to Colorado Springs, CO in 10/14 and received my certification as an instructor in training in 12/14.