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4 Responses to “Contact”

  1. Jerome April 8, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    Great blog on Systema with excellent information ! Keep up the good work and have fun training in Russia.

  2. peterbyl February 2, 2018 at 5:58 am #

    Hello Thomas.
    Thanks for your blogs. I have a question from your blog dated 25/05/2022 ‘Vladimir Vasiliev Seminar in Hamburg. You wrote than when you go down in a pushup you relax the elbow muscles and drop.
    Am I to understand that the drop down is fast?
    Also don’t we always release elbow muscles when going down or am I missing something?
    One more question if that’s ok.
    Why do very slow pushups develop powerful strikes?
    I look forward to your reply. I don’t mins if the reply is long.
    Again thank you for writing so much about training in Systema. I find it a valuable resourse plus it’s encouraging.
    Peter Byl

    • thomas February 21, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi, Peter,
      Glad to hear the blogs are useful and valuable for you!
      In this particular exercise, it involved dropping down, by just relaxing the elbows. Letting go and just dropping down.
      Usually yes we do relax our elbows, however this is one of many different drills to help you understand the different muscles/tensions involved in a pushup. For example, another one is where you focus/visualize on pushing the floor away from you, rather than pushing yourself up. Just different ways of looking at the same exercise, and ultimately will help you punch better, and use your arms in more effective ways.

      Slow pushups are one of many exercises used to develop powerful strikes and honestly there are a lot of reasons.
      On a basic level they give you the arm and wrist structure necessary for delivering a good punch.
      They strengthen the tendons and connective tissue in the right direction, allowing for maximum transfer of power.
      On a deeper level, they allow you to work with your tension, in the rest of your body and your psyche. In a slow pushup you learn how to relax the other parts of your body, that are unnecessary to perform the action, and also how to relax your mind throughout the full phase of the pushup.
      In relation to punching, this will teach you to punch using only the necessary muscles and relaxing your other muscles – conversely to what we imagine, more muscles tensed is not better, it actually “blocks” or “holds” your punch, and drains the power and natural weight out of your fist.
      Additionally, most people tense their pschye during punching someone, which makes them freeze or tense their body, again causing the punch to weaken, and also means you may be unprepared for what might happen next, i/e the opponent punches you back.
      The slow-pushup pushes you to be aware of your internal and external state, throughout the full range of the movement. Simulating the action of a punch or general body movement.

      There are many more reasons, however rather than telling you it is better for you to discover them during your own training. Then you’ll develop your own understanding and Systema!

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