Good VS Evil: How to Reach the Person and Develop Fighting Spirit

21 Jul

This post is part of a number of conversations I had with some of the Russian instructors, including; Michael Ryabko and Vladimir Zaikovsky;
-The Question: It is not Good vs Evil, evil makes this up. You should only remove what is causing the evil to work. If you work the same way as darkness you become darkness. You don’t fight it, you just do it.

-Spirit: Reach him, reach him with your fist and heart. Why is Michael so good? because the body is secondary, the soul (intention/awareness) is first. Reach the person/his spirit with your whole body.

-Punches and Kicks: Work with the person. Don’t fence with a person, feel the support, the tension. Feel where the move starts from.


How to Reach the Person:

(IMPORTANT: In these drills a relaxed, strong contact is necessary. The contact needed to take or reach the person- should be; not to little and not too much. When you feel your muscles tensing that is too much, just before your muscles switch on. Stay soft)
Drill: On the floor, one person grabs you and throws you slowly, then you feel the power he applies, let it go inside you, go with momentum and then put the power into him.
Drill: One person holds a stick, you hold the other end, reach inside the person through the stick and move him.
Drill: Spar slowly with the person and reach him. Don’t fence him, reach him.

With Resistance:

Exercise: One person stands in one place, they resist, the other person has to push them, take their spine and make them lose balance.
Now try doing the same thing- take the whole person/his centre of gravity/his balance by pulling his T-shirt, trouser pocket etc. Not through force, but through reaching the persons core.


Two Russian Exercises for Developing Confidence and Spirit:

DRILL: Two partners face each other, one has a wooden stick in front of his foot. One partner rolls the stick back on his foot, flicks it up and at the same time kicks it towards the partner-at him. Not so he can catch it, but reach him, his whole body and spirit.
DRILL: Throw a knife at each other, reach the person, not so the person can catch it, but at them, reach them. Once you reach the person you know it. Person that is having the knife thrown at them, should relax, move away from the knife and with this movement also catch it.

Final advice that was given to me and helped a lot; Don’t take the passive role, be active, be switched on.


2 Responses to “Good VS Evil: How to Reach the Person and Develop Fighting Spirit”

  1. Jerome July 23, 2015 at 1:44 am #

    Great post !

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