Systema Seminar - November

I’ve been so busy. A couple of gym sessions, Tai Chi on Friday. Then a two day Systema seminar this weekend, just massive. Unfortunately meant I couldn’t train Uechi on Sunday morning

The instructor was Adam Vounoridis from Melbourne Systema, has trained with Vassiliev and Kevin Secours, and others. Excellent, enthusiastic instructor. I cant possibly remember all  the stuff we did over the two days, just a huge amount of amazing material.

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Knife Play

Tuesday Systema – Loren broke out the training knives. First we all stood in a circle throwing the knife quite sweetly to each other – have to catch it safely – one hand, two, or against the body in some way. This ramped up somewhat, then we added a second knife to the mix. Then a third. Knives flying everywhere, hilarious.

Then one partner on the ground, other applies the knife point to a part of the body, have to move the body to make the blade flat and roll so the point hits the floor. Done slowly, working on sensitivity, mobility, this is not a self defense exercise. Then repeating but have to trap the knife hand against the floor. Then trapping and adding a gift – some nice opportunites when you roll.  Then some pushups using the knife in one hand (not me, shoulder getting bad again).

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Holiday over, feel energised and positive.  Just three plus Marcus this week. Started with usual drills, added new twists. I got to have a play with the pocket stick – Ben and Janet did it last week. Felt a little weird to start with but I can see the huge benefits of this deceptive little training tool. Then played with the knives, excellent fun. Ben and Marcus did some stickwork. Ben got to be meatpuppetman. Conditioning to finish.

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Tuesday Systema

October 6th, 2010 by heretic

Started with a walking-breathing drill  – five of us walking quite quickly and continuously in a circle, breathing in and out on consecutive steps, then two steps per inhale and exhale, building up to 8 steps and back down. Then holding the breath while walking. Then the leader has to hold their breath and head off at a faster pace until they catch up with the end of the  group. Then the same but have to exhale all the  air first – surprisingly stressful, which of course was the whole point.

Then putting increasing, sgifting pressure on your partner lying on the ground. Worst place is the thigh. Have to breath and relax through. The the same, have to feel the pressure and roll away staying close. Then same with various side mount positions, turns into a kind of tumbling drill.

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