Training involves drills and sparring without set kata. In Systema, the body has to be free of tensions, filled with endurance, flexibility, effortless movement, and explosive potential;
the "spirit" or psychological state has to be calm, free of anger, irritation, fear, self-pity, delusion, and pride. It focuses on breathing, relaxation, and fluidity of movement, as
well as utilizing an attacker's momentum against him and controlling the six body levers (elbows, neck, knees, waist, ankles, and shoulders) through pressure point application, striking,
and weapon applications.