The Russian martial art Systema includes a range of combat disciplines, from grappling to knife fighting. But the real hallmark of the sport is the almost mystical idea that a person\u2019s psychological state can transfer like an invisible hadouken down through their unconventional slaps and punches. And so, Systema players spend a lot of time freeing their bodies and minds of tension in hopes of translating that psychic wizardry into explosive, deep-penetrating strikes that defy our materialistic conceptions of modern combat. If you practice the art, I am sure you\u2019ll observe that I\u2019m simplifying things and sounding patronizing. Well yes, I am. But there is no doubt that the discipline includes a magical component. It is the Merlin to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu\u2019s Sir Lancelot. As a woman said in a famous bullshido video that looks absurd to the untrained observer, \u201cYou\u2019ve gotta see the person\u2019s soul.\u201d\u00a0 Systema is a strange looking art. But how you look doing it is less important than where you look. In this curb-side instructional by Frank Arias, he demonstrates the tiny window that opens for the perfect strike the moment you make eye contact. \u201cYou need him to look at you, and then you hit,\u201d Arias explains. \u201cIf you look in his eyes, you\u2019re screwed,\u201d says his sparring partner. According to him, it is worse than if you don\u2019t even see it coming. And sunglasses won\u2019t save you. No, he is wearing a nice dark pair of them and still finds himself redirecting phantom energy flows through his chakra centers like a violent air traffic controller. So if you find yourself in battle with a magician with a Russian accent, take this advice: close your eyes.