Buza is one of the more traditional styles of Russian martial arts and is the basis on research of Grigorii Bazlov, who discovered existing fisticuffs, stick and knife fighting traditions in various villages in North Western Russia (Tver region).
The training includes martial dancing along with armed and unarmed combat and includes the Cossack fighting system called Spas as well as methods taught by Boris Timofeev (Prince Golistyn).
As opposed to many other systems of Systema, Buza start their practitioners out with hard fisticuffs training first and only later transition to the softer more sophisticated methods of fighting.
The system was preserved in part by Martial “artels”, a clan of men who’s job were to preserve peace and order (settle disputes, conflicts and participate in various martial contests) in the Northwestern parts of Russia.
Many of the lessons in Buza are passed on through various traditional games and dances, along with oral tradition of the arts.
The video footage is from Russian Television and is a demonstration of various aspects of Buza (including dance, fisticuffs, weapon training and more).
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