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Mark Z
 
Mark Zamarin is an accomplished martial artist with over 35 years experience.  Mark's started with Shotokan Karate and then immersed himself in 'hard style' Aikido under Chiba Sensei in San Diego.  Mark studied weapons extensively under various masters including Chiba (San Diego), Von Krenner (Kalispell) and Ishikawa (Osaka).  Mark's study of Aikido, Zen philosophy and meditation shifted his emphasis toward what he calls the "original intent" of O Sensei (Morihei Ueshiba) the founder of Aikido.  Mark was drawn to a more formless version of Aikido (kata no nai) which had been practiced in Park City for over a decade. 

In 2005 Mark traveled to Canada having been given a tip about Systema from an old Aikido friend.  A week with Vladimir Vasiliev convinced Mark that "everything had to change with our martial practice."  Mark felt that he had witnessed someone who possessed the freedom that O Sensei had exhibited in his prime.  He had just trained with Vladimir Vasiliev in Toronto, Canada.

Since that pivotal summer in 2005 Park City Aikido integrated Systema principles into its practice.  In 2007 our Saturday Aikido class became a 'Systema Saturday' class.  The appeal of Systema was obvious as our Saturday participants numbered twice anything that we had seen in Aikido.  Under Mark Zamarin's direction, the Park City group continued a path that combined the formless Aikido with the Russian Martial Art called "Systema."  By 2010 we had shed our uniforms and were training Systema. 

In the summer of 2012, Mark was awarded full Systema Instructor status after years of work.
Rob K

Rob K was the first Aikido student to join the Park City Aikido group.  Rob eventually became an instructor in Aikido.  After Mark shifted to Systema, Rob followed and attended various camps and workshops in Toronto, Colorado and Phoenix. 
Rob was fully certified in 2018 by Vladimir Vasiliev.
Mitch D

Mitch D
is the latest addition to our instructor ranks and is in the Instructor In Training Program.   Mitch has attended a series of seminars and worked closely with Vladimir, Constantine, Kwan, and Martin Wheeler.
 
The Park City Systema Group includes people from all over Northern Utah.  We are fortunate to have many talented Systema practitioners who are avid students of Systema.  As such, they are able to help beginning students who attend our classes.