Alexander Andreychenkov Seminar – Berlin May 2013

2 Jun

This was a great seminar, over a few seminars I’d become quite friendly with Alexander – not only is he one of the most skilled Systema-ists in the world but he’s also a great teacher and a good person.

I worked with Alexander throughout the seminar, and it makes it very clear to me again that the best way to learn Systema is from feeling how the masters work. Not every instructor can give you a feeling, but the ones that can, will improve what you do enormously.

The seminar was a mixture of topics, punching, knife and deeper work on support and tension.

Movement/Tension/Control Exercises (Friday)

– One person puts both of their hands on your shoulders and you turn your body to disrupt their form do it slowly, and relax your shoulders. If you tense up you will lose control of the person. Move your shoulders to tense and relax the person in the ways you need to.

– One person grabs you on one of your arms – you follow the movement and tension and bring them to the ground, move around their tension, not into/against it.

Knife (Saturday)

– Someone holds a knife to your body with force, you move so the flat is against your stomach and then move in such a way as to bend the persons wrist (tension) and cause a change in their body and spine. Feel where their support is, follow their movement and bring them to the ground.

Punching/Support exercises (Sunday)

– When someone uses a knife against you or punches you, psychologically and physically they use that arm or knife to support themselves. To feel this:

– One person stands against the wall, feet to wall. The other person puts their fist on the person and leans their weight on them. The person on the wall, moves away from the pressure, feeling where the leaning person has support, they use this to disrupt the persons body form and spine while giving a direction.

– Same position as before but now, the person against the wall, pushes against the persons arms (bicep, wrist, foream) with their fists – to change the persons point of support on their body, through changing their body form and disrupting their spine. Again gives the person a direction and bringing them to the ground.

Video below shows freestyle work with Alexander, if you look closely you can see very fine work on tension, support, and body form.

Next Post: Alexander’s Massage Walk-Through

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4 Responses to “Alexander Andreychenkov Seminar – Berlin May 2013”

  1. Jerome June 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Great videos for training with very subtle moves ! Thank you. I wish I was living a little closer to Moscow to attend seminars with you.

    • thomashogarth June 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      Thanks Jerome. If you can get to any seminars with the Russian instructors i recommend it, it will take your training to a new level.

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