Originally posted by glock glockler
Systema is generally soft and it does NOT emphasize grapping at all, when you grap someone you lock yourself up with the opponent and you cannot grab them as well as hold onto your gun, knife, or club.
Another example of the difficulties with semantics- when people ask me if something is "hard style" or "soft style", I generally interpret "soft style" to mean "like aikido, tai chi, etc.".
Essentially, it is a soft style in the same sense that aikijujutsu styles are "soft styles"- "hard" in comparison to their "do" counterparts, but not as "hard" as, say, most styles of Karate.