Moscow Systema HQ – Classes

19 Apr

On March 1st 2012 i set out to Moscow for one month, i would be staying in the systema hq and planned to train everyday and experience as much as possible.

I want to post my experiences and notes of the classes there. I think it is interesting to see the difference between teaching in Russia and the rest of the world. Also how different teachers show things differently. There were many drills that i had done before, but they were shown on a different level.

Day 1 – Class 1: Peter Konstantinov

– Walk up person with fists (both from a standing position), the person tenses the muscles being used for support, relax the rest of your body.

– Partner stands with his back to you, you raise arm and just let the fist drop onto the persons, trapezius muscle (runs along both sides of neck onto shoulders) the person having the “punch” had to feel how deep the strike was going. The person letting the fist drop had to feel where he was tense and relax it. True relaxation, i found, is difficult. But every now and then i attained and higher than normal degree and the punch felt effortless, but was very deep, according to my partner.

– same drill as above dropping the arm, but now into the stomach from the front.

These kind of drills were done for the whole of this lesson, in Russia i found that in a class you do fewer drills, but you go deeper into the exercise and do it for longer.


2 Responses to “Moscow Systema HQ – Classes”

  1. vince March 19, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    I’m reading your posts about training in Moscow with great interest since I’m planning to go there pretty soon.
    Does the language barrier make it difficult to train?

    • thomashogarth March 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

      Hi Vince,

      Good to hear you’re taking a trip to Moscow!

      The language barrier is really a non-issue, as 3 or 4 of the instructors speak excellent English.

      Besides as with Systema training in general the training is all about feeling, so you don’t really need words.

      Let me know if you have any more questions.


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