Matt Hill was born in Newport, South Wales, UK. His fascination and passion has always been exploring human potential in the realms of mind, body and spirit. He started training in the Martial Arts in 1987 and by 1991 at the age of 19 he was living as a full time live-in student of Aikido giant Morihiro Saito in Iwama, Japan, where he lived for two years. Matt is a qualified Systema Instructor under Vladimir Vasiliev, a 5th Degree Black Belt in Aikido and a retired Parachute Regiment Captain. He now resides in Wiltshire in the UK teaching full time at his Systema Academy as well as leading camps and workshops throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He is committed to his personal training and sharing the gift of Systema with as many people as possible.