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Vladimir Zaikovsky: Movement and Balance

21 Jul

What follows are some exercises and tips given by Vladimir involving movement and balance:

Knife Throwing:

– This was one of the best exercises with a knife i have ever done, basically get a metal knife, blunted, then throw the knife firstly too  each other, the idea being to move away and catch the knife at the same time, with the moving away movement. After a bit of that, you throw the knife at each other – In this exercise you must throw the knife at the person, not too them. Slowly increasing in intensity and variety.

Knife Movement:

One person grabs the other by the neck and first of all stabs slowly into the other persons body, different ways, then increasing with intensity and hardness, so if you don’t move well you feel it. One idea give here is that the body moves first then the hands move, body first then hands. The person being stabbed could also put their feet together, so their body really has too move.

Vladimir emphasized that these drills are about using the knife as a training tool, not specifically learning to fight with/against a knife, that came later 🙂

– Roll on the floor keeping knife pressed against body with one hand

– Roll while passing knife from hand to hand in  the movement of the roll.

Stick Head Walking:

– You place a stick (facing forward), with the middle in the middle of your head- balance it, then start to walk, forwards, backwards, faster slower

– Same , but now switch position of stick so two end are pointing to the left and right, which the middle in the centre of your head, now move.

– Then place the stick on one of your fingers and balance it pointing straight up, and walk and move. (switch hands)

(for these try to stay calm inside and you’ll find that you’ll feel the stick more and it will move less)

– If you’re with a partner get a knife and throw that to each other, forwards and backwards. Otherwise, grab a knife and pass that around your body.

Stick – Floor Exercises:

– Lay on floor, with one hand hold the stick near the middle, kind of like an overhead hitting position, from there put one end on the floor and lift yourself up with one arm, using the stick as support.

– With stick use as balance support on the floor and roll around with it, getting up down etc.

You Are Always Moving

18 Dec

This is from the training at Zwolle and Meppel during the previous week:

Main things that stuck in my head:

– Conversation with arend, he said that if a body is balanced you don;t need massage to relax, but it is useful for other things, getting used to contact etc

– when we get touched a lot our nerve endings relax

– punch where the person doesn’t expect if he knows where you are going to punch him he can absorb the contact from that point so  punch him somewhere else, somewhere unexpected.

– short work, not chambering the fist, punching from where you are, it is powerful because it is not seen.

– go with the flow of movement, blend with his movement

– double work, two things in one movement, two strikes in one motion.

– learning how to restore yourself is very important, restore yourself at every opportunity, on the downphase of a pushup, when in pushup position,

– you are always moving, inside and out, blood flowing, breathing, constant movement is important even if you can not see it, when you watch michael it is there – look closer. even a turn of the palm or a shift of body position. always move.

Sonny Puzikas Belgium November 25,26,27

9 Dec

This was one of the most interesting seminars i have ever been to, sonny is an extremely honest, open teacher, his vast experience and strong character gave me a very real feeling of the reality of combat situations, and shattered many illusions that i sometimes build up of myself and others. Also being hit by him was an experience…

A few of my jumbled notes and the things that stuck with me from the seminar:

– Knife – hold it tight enough to cut something, not too loose, same as you hold a fist for striking, To see what it is like to cut through muscle and flesh – buy a dead pig hang it in your garden and stab it and slice noticing how tightly you have to hold the knife to make an effect, for me the feeling stuck in me that you do have to cut through a person when you use the knife, through muscle, ligaments, and you will/may get a lot of blood, Sonny said another reason for holding the knife tightly  “because blood is very slippery and you wanna keep a hold of the knife” .. Also leather jackets are hard to cut through- to find out put a leather jacket on the pig and find out, if the knife has serations then they will get stuck in the leather , if you try to slice a leather jacket you will more than likely disarm yourself as it will get stuck in there.

– Sonny said first of all that a lot of people just want to learn defense from a blade or defense from a  gun, but unless you know how to use these weapons as well it’s useless, as you will not know how to use the knife of the gun against another person. 

– In a knife fight, accept the possibility that you may get cut.

– “Only two ways somone else can be inside of you – one is pleasurable the other is not ”

– Good places to stab the thigh muscle in front, the back of the neck, both places with soft flesh and nerves,

– He asked us a question are knife, gun, and fist the same in a fight? He left it hanging, and said Flatly NO they are not the same, look at a fist when you get hit how many body systems does it affect, usually only the muscular system, sometimes respiratory, apart from a  handful of people mikhail, vlad, etc that can disrupt more than one, Then look at a knife you have the same as a fist + circulatory system, nevous sysytem. Take a gun, has the possibility to to go through all systems at once- your dead. No they are not the same, although the principles behind moveing with them are the same = systema. But your attitude should be different, this is not fun any more, this is serious life or death.

– A strong body can afford to be relaxed, if you’re not strong you can not be totally relaxed as your body wont hold you up, in systema we train the big muscle groups. 

– when punching don’t pull back for more power, punch from wherever you are, from the fist to the person. This is ego, you want to hit the person harder, if you get over this you find the punches are much stronger as they are unexpected, and relaxed.

– kicking from the foot, not from the hip, foot goes and bam. same as drill where we push the partner with fists, but now push with feet, stand on one leg and use the other to push your partner seeing the tension and places to kick, but push, work slow and push the person destroying his body structure.