Vladimir Vasiliev (1940)
Vladimir Vasiliev is Director and Chief Instructor of the Toronto School of Russian Martial Art located in Thomhill, Ontario, , where he teaches Ryabko´s Systema. .
He was born in Russia and received intense training from the top Special Operations Units instructors and is the top student of Mikhail Ryabko. He has 10 years of extensive military service with the Special Operations Unit, including regular high-risk covert assignments and missions. He also served as trainer for paratroopers, SWAT teams, and elite bodyguards. He moved to Canada after the fall of the URSS and in 1993 founded the first school of Russian Martial Art outside of Russia. He has since personally trained and certified over 100 qualified Russian Martial Art instructors in 13 countries, and has created a number of instructional films.
He is the author of "The Russian Systema Guidebook" and "Let Every Breath... Secrets of the Russian Breath Masters".