About Instructor


Central Florida Systema school was founded by David Orman. David started CFL Systema in 2006 and was the first to bring this art to the Orlando area.

He has been training in a variety of martial arts since 1985, including karate, kendo, aikido, modern arnis, tai qi, bagua, kuntao, qi gong, kempo, iaido and escrima. He holds black belts in Toyama Ryu Japanese Sword, Karate, Kumdo and Aikido.

David is the first Certified Systema Instructor in the Greater Orlando area. He has had the honor of training with Vladimir Vasiliev, Sergey Ozereliev, Konstantin Komerov, Valentin Talanov, Maxim Franz, Alex Popeskou, Emmanuel Manolakakis, Martin Wheeler and others, as well as being a long-time student of Senior Instructors David and Rick Merrell.

David Merrell Senior Systema Instructor

David is an outstanding Systema practitioner and overall martial artist. He has been a dedicated, hard-working and talented student of mine since 2006, and has become an exceptional teacher as well.

David Orman’s Martial Arts Accomplishments

    • First Full Systema Instructor in Greater Orlando
    • First to establish a Systema School in all of Greater Orlando
    • Trained directly with Vladimir Vasiliev, co-Founder of Systema
    • Completed Systema Senior Instructor Martin Wheeler’s MasterClass
    • Senior Student of David and Rick Merrell
    • Black Belt, Aikido
    • Black Belt, Karate
    • Black Belt, Kumdo
    • Black Belt, Toyama Ryu Sword
    • Title of Sifu, Pai Lum Tai Chi
    • Instructor, The Approach: British Self Defense System
    • Instructor, Internal Power/Internal Arts

David Orman (left), Steve Young (center), David Merrell (right)