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Below is a list of articles with the most recent ones listed first.
by Martin Wheeler Published: March 26, 2017
Think fast, think on your feet, move your head, duck, punch - these are the words you will hear in most arenas of full-contact fighting. And if you want to win, it is excellent advice. Most martial arts require your brain to make snap decisions and act reflexively for the combatant to survive. But Systema is not most martial arts.
Tension makes you think fast. Or should I say, lack of recognition of your own tension makes you have to think fast. ‘Boxing’ is often thought of as striking, with pure striking skill as the key to victory. But this is only half the story. […]
by Jason Priest Published: December 19, 2016
Breath training is a foundation of Systema and gets plenty of attention in class. Breathwork is easily done on your own, without a training partner, in your home, on the way to work, playing with your children, and while dealing with the everyday stresses. It is easy to experiment with and valuable to explore. Be sure to keep in mind the seven key breathing principles. […]
by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: October 27, 2016
When I observe students in class, at seminars, or when I evaluate instructors through the Systema Video Program (SVP), I see one most common limitation – tension in the shoulders and hips.
In this article, let’s look at the tense shoulders. We should understand how it seriously damages our moving and fighting potential.
1. Unfortunately, it is not obvious to many people that with tension-filled shoulders, we are not able to lift the arms freely or maintain good posture. Therefore, everything including balance, power, and precision will suffer.