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Tom Floyd is a lifelong martial artist and specializes in working with children and adults to enhance their

confidence, self-esteem, and overall well-being. Mr. Floyd’s organic sincerity as an instructor and martial

arts practitioner is only exceeded by his talent for teaching complex, instinctually-based self-defense

strategies for children and adults from all walks of life.

Mr. Floyd began his study of martial arts at the age of eight. More than two decades later his structured

and highly effective approach to teaching martial arts has gained national notoriety. His current Systema

Floyd program, Active School Shooter: Teacher and Student Safety, combines escape and evasion

techniques with common sense, non-confrontational survival strategies to equip children with every

possible advantage should a crisis occur.

Mr. Floyd is a Certified Systema Instructor and holds a third-degree black belt in Ryukyu Kempo-Dillman

Karate, a second-degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu and an honorary first-degree black belt in Goju Ryu. He

has taught numerous seminars at the Muhammad Ali Training Center in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania. Mr.

Floyd combines this collective experience in his current discipline, Systema, a highly effective form of

martial arts that emphasize humility, power through relaxed movement, self-control and situational


Mr. Floyd excelled quickly while under the tutelage of Dave Merrill, the first certified Systema instructor in

the U.S. Having found his “true” discipline, Mr. Floyd soon caught the eye of Vladimir Vasiliev, the Director

and Chief Instructor of Systema Vasiliev in Toronto. Mr. Floyd continues his Systema training with Master

Vasiliev and has also had the privilege of training with Mikhail Ryabko, the founder of Ryabko Systema,

and a former military special operations director.

Mr. Floyd is the founder of Systema Floyd Martial Arts in Palm Beach, Florida. His school is nationally

recognized for its unique curriculum that instills a positive mental attitude in students while maintaining a

rigorous, dynamic and engaging learning environment. Currently he is a featured instructor at Systema,

and other martial arts seminars throughout North America and Mexico.

Tom Floyd currently resides in Palm Beach, Florida with his family, friends and martial arts




Systema is a Russian martial art designed to enhance one’s overall life. Systema is the study of one’s inner engineering and provides a guidebook to the body through awareness and movement of the body and mind. The goal is compassionate and non-destructive, making sure that the training and attitudes do not damage the body or the psyche of you or your partners. Systema is designed to create, build and strengthen the body, psyche, family and community.In Systema, a true warrior is of strong mind and body with a caring heart and strong moral compass.
Systema encompasses three components to create a true warrior: combat skill through powerful and precise movements, balance, coordination, and spontaneity; a strong spirit that’s calm, and free of anger, irritation, fear, self-pity, delusion or pride; and a healthy body free of tension, and filled with endurance, flexibility, and effortless movement.

George Schriefer

“I am a retired Attorney and have been training and teaching in the martial arts for over 30 years and training with Tom Floyd for approximately eight years in Systema. He is an exceptional student of the martial arts, especially Systema, and an outstanding instructor of the martial arts and Systema. He has a special gift for teaching and interacting with children and young adults.Sensei Tom uses his skills to teach a comprehensive and structured learning program for both children and adults. The class instruction is delivered in an easily understood format for all. Time is taken to understand each student’s needs.”

Josh and Denise Zager

“We have known Tom since our son started martial arts lessons with him six years ago. He is an amazing mentor, instructor, and friend to our son. My wife and I also consider him one of our dearest friends. He has a true passion for teaching. He has a natural gift for relating to children and his enthusiasm for self-defense and the Russian Martial Art of Systema is contagious. He teaches discipline, self-reliance, and responsibility. I recommend his instruction without hesitation..”

Gayle Galdame

“I have trained in Systema with Tom Floyd for several years. His ability to teach students according to their fitness level, physical abilities, age and development is un paralleled. Our class is extemely diverse, yet we are able to train together successully. Systema has been a tremendous benefit to me physically and mentally.”

Joshua S. Zager

“ I have had the pleasure of knowing Tom for almost ten years. During this time he has been an instructor and wonderful mentor to my son for eight years. I also spent a few years training with him as well. His enthusiasm for teaching is contagious. His knowledge base is extraordinary. He is a true master of his craft. Teaching adults and children the art of self defense while building there confidence and self esteem at the same time.”