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The Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast

Jan 1, 2019

In this week’s episode, Wade is interviewing Juan Zazueta, who has an interesting background in both his practicing of martial arts and his career in teaching martial arts. He teaches two unique martial arts; a Russian styled called Systema and an Asian style called Budo Taijutsu.


Juan started practicing martial arts at 18 (now 36) and has been training in Bujinkan since 2000 and Systema since 2005. Currently, he works as an instructor in these styles, teaching at San Francisco Systema and Bujinkan San Francisco Dojo.


In today’s episode, Juan explains the two different styles, how he was originally introduced to them, how they have impacted his life, how he sees both styles progressing in the future, and how he balances his personal life and martial arts.


Key Takeaways:

[:43] About today’s guest, Juan Zazueta.

[1:18] How Juan got started in the martial arts.

[3:30] How Juan got introduced to Systema, the Russian martial arts.

[5:14] Juan’s transition from learning and training to teaching.

[6:56] How martial arts has impacted Juan’s life outside of the dojo.

[8:41] Where Juan sees Systema and Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu progressing in the future (especially in the Bay Area).

[12:33] Why Juan thinks Systema may not be as popular as other martial arts in the Bay Area.

[13:55] Juan talks about a few of his favorite events and stories during his martial arts career.

[20:55] The vastly different body types and people that show up to Systema.

[26:00] Juan talks about how he balances his personal life and relationship with his wife and martial arts.

[27:17] Does Juan have a favorite UFC pairing?

[27:47] Juan’s parting thoughts on this week’s Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast.

[29:33] Where to find Juan and the dojos he works at.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Bujinkan San Francisco Dojo

San Francisco Systema

Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast episode: Arjun Dhingra: Balancing Business and Taekwondo

Systema Manual, by Konstantin Komarov