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Systema Professional Course – Starts October 17th 2013!

21 Sep

Systema Professional Course in the Netherlands!

Due to popular demand, a new course has been created by Systema Scheveningen:

The main theme is “How does Systema apply in a professional environment?”

Taken from PDF of course program:

“This training is designed to prepare any person, typically a professional or a person with previous martial art, security, police or military experience, for combat. Using the Systema methodology you will go through a series of training and drills, designed to work directly and precisly with your mind and body. Training will gradually increase in intensity and difficulty. Classes are once per week for 1.5 hours over a period of 8 weeks”

For More Information: http://www.systema-scheveningen.nl/procourse

To Sign Up: https://www.systema-scheveningen.nl/signup

Seminar with Alexander Andreychenkov – Berlin 2013

31 Aug

There is a seminar in November with Alexander Andreychenkov in Berlin, there may be some spaces left.

I highly recommend training with Alexander, one of the oldest students of Michael – 30 years+. He has a unique and deep knowledge of Systema.

Contact Systema Akademie Berlin for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/604266542946405/

Alexander Andreychenkov – Warmups and Massage – Berlin May 2013

12 Jun

This is an extended post of the seminar with Alexander to give you an idea of the warm-ups and massage ideas he gives. He is one of Michaels oldest students so he has a lot to teach, i recommend anyone to go to a seminar with him, you will not be disappointed.

– Walking – relaxed breathing 2 steps inhaling, 2 steps exhaling, 4,4 , 6,6 etc up to 20 then turn around to walk backwards and go back from 20 steps inhaling 20 steps exhaling.

– Running – same drill as above but with running, and arms above head palms straight and turned inwards, facing each other.

– Feet together, jumping around facing forward – do 1 circle, then jumping around the circle but this time jumping backwards, then jumping sideways one way, then the other way (this is a fairly simple but interesting exercise as in the beginning many peoples bodys are not whole or collected and their limbs flail around unconnected, but as time goes on they begin to collect their body into one mass)

– Rolling forward do one circle of the room, then rolling backward one circle, then one circle of a forward roll followed by a backward roll and continuing.

– Alexander gave an interesting idea, he said that when the pressure from someone is less than 3kg you move towards the pressure and when more than 3kg you move away from the pressure.

 Massage

One person lays down on stomach, the other person stands above them.

Directions for the massager

– Put one foot on the persons lower leg, and shake the person with the foot, the aim is to create a wave which travels up the person and makes their whole body shake.
– Then move the foot upwards onto the upper leg do the same shaking, then higher, onto the stomach, chest then onto one shoulder, down the arm, to wrist and hand.
– Now go back from the arm to the same leg, then repeat the other side with the other half of the persons body.
– Now using your heel massage the persons backside bu the same shaking method, give more pressure here.
– Start again from standing by the persons feet, then begin walking on the person – as per usual – avoiding the knees.
– When you get to the spine, put one foot on the persons backside and to start one foot on the lower back, shift your weight to the foot on their backside again and move the other foot higher onto spine, keep going up like this to the neck then go back down.

Then the person lays on their back, repeat the above.

– After that hold the persons two arms in your hands lean with your weight back, and stretch them – to lengthen them. Then do the same holding the heels, pulling them to lengthen them.
– Hold persons head, tilt it to one side, then push the head and the shoulder (the shoulder the head is not tilitng towards) in opposite directions – then repeat tilting the head in the other direction
– Put two of your fingers at the lowest part on the persons neck and slowly walk them up either side of the persons neck- giving pressure which will lift their head.

There were many different massage ideas but above are some of the main ones i remember that Alexander showed. Most importantly your aim is to relax the person, so they trust you and feel calm.

 

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

Ryabko Systema Massage – Video Lesson – Alexander Moscow 2013

28 May

At each Moscow seminar each instructor shows his own interpretation and ideas of an aspect of Systema, with Michael being the main teacher.

At the end of the internal work seminar Alexander or Sasha, showed us the correct method for Systema massage. I was lucky enough to be chosen for the demonstration:

If you have any questions; comment or send me an email: thomas.hogarth@hotmail.co.uk