Mindwork Seminar Saturday

20 Feb

There were a lot more people on saturday with a bigger place, this changed the feeling and energy of the seminar, it was one of the funnest i’ve been to.

We started off running – systema style, relaxed body, ankles, feet, hips, shoulders starting from 1 step inhale 1 step exhale then onto 2 steps inhale 2 step exhale up to 14 then when we reached 14, we were to began again 1 step inhale, 1 step exhale. This was explained that you could do 1 to 14 then back down through 13, 12, 11 etc, but this way of going straight to 1,1 afterwards makes you change your breathing pattern quickly, you have to adapt more.

– 5 pushups with our whole body tense as possible slowly with burst breathing, same exercise – 5 situps, then 5 squats the same, going as far down in the squat as you can manage with full tension.

– 5 pushups with half tension burst breathing and slow! same with situps and squats.

– 5 pushups completly relaxed, let your body flop down as a unit then wiggle up with your shoulders. 5 situps completely relaxed, flop down as a unit then kind of wiggle up using as little tension as possible – imagine no tension. Then 5 squats completly relaxed, the same letting your body drop onto your legs then waveing yourself up different ways.

Then rolling on the floor completly relaxed, the softer your breathing the softer your rolling. Change the breathing and change the movement with it, inhaling one movement, then exhaling the second continuously.

Then we did a few exercises with a stick, here are my favorite:

Person puts the stick over their shoulders – scarecrow style, then falls down, gets back up. Do this foward backward and roll. Then same exercise but with stick behind back in elbow crutchs.

Then Person 1 puts stick behind head again and Partner 2 pushes and pulls the stick to take the partner down to the floor, working slowly and softly, making it harder for the partner with the stick by positioning him to fall in awkward positions.

Then a few things with a knife, one of my favorite drills, was you kneel opposite the partner, then you try to stab them with a knife, they disarm you staying on knees, then they stab you.

An important thing i got from working with the guys from systema finland was Staying Calm Inside. This is more difficult than it sounds, and it shows me how much i have to work on.

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