Tag Archives: Calm

Just Do It…

29 Feb

I found the last few classes with Arend extremely interesting in their simplicity and at the same time in their complexity.

Some insights, drills and ideas:

– Do your movements, as you butter toast, drink tea, as you pick up a stick/knife from the floor. You just pick it up nothing more nothing less, you don’t contort your body in any strange way, you just pick up the stick and notice how your body leads the movement, and you move as a whole.

– One simple exercise that you can do to observe all of these amazing things is: Kneel down and relax in that position, put a stick next to you and just pick it up . Notice how normal, free and whole you are. You are just doing it, our work should be the same. Notice also you don’t tense or prepare your body you just do it, calmly, softly and naturally

– Stay soft and movement comes from the body.

– When you walk, you are just walking, there is no need to walk strangely, just walk normally, calmly, relaxed. An example: when you watch models walking, they walk with very straight bodies and feet facing forward, but does it look natural? Relaxed?


– Everything is inside

– An interesting conversation over meditation, resulted in the following thoughts: That meditation makes your mind clear, so you are in fact happy and have nothing in your mind all the time, but if you have this, then there is room for all kinds of negative/bad thoughts or good thoughts to come into your mind. Think about this you banish all thoughts, you have a clear mind, you skip merrily down the road and suddenly a car comes and knocks you down, but because of having no thoughts you didn’t worry or take action to produce what you wanted (to live) you just went with the flow, whatever happened – happened¬†, you didn’t make a choice. Something Arend said “You must make a choice in Systema and in Life” Profound.

– This goes further, with giving the person a clear intention or not, making a choice is key, if we don’t show the person where we want them to go or do something, then they will just keep coming towards us.

– Own your own space, (don’t be a pussy) notice michael “he is just there, he doesn’t shrink away if someone comes into his space, neither does he tense up and extend more, he is just there”) whole, calm and powerful.

Warning: 3D Movement

26 Feb

This class was inspiring and interesting with ideas flowing the whole time.

Here are the insights i got from the lesson:

– 3D Movement – you work on all plains of movement not only left or right but also up, down, foward, backward, diagonally. The more directions the better as then the partner becomes intwined in your movement and is easily tangled in their own tension.

– Intention – when you start to push someone, their intention goes their, some people tense, others relax. The important thing is knowing how to work with their intention, know where they are full and where they are empty. If you start thinking about what you want to do, your partner feels your intention and can escape, if he does’nt know what you are going to do/ where you are going to push before you do it, it becomes difficult to move away/tense up or escape from it. Try touching one part of your partners body, watch how he/his mind jumps to ¬†that part, then another part, then try to trick him go to touch one part but touch another. What is his feeling?

– When walking towards a person, how you move towards them, subtly influences their body, twisting your body, moving into their space in certain ways – even before you touch them, influences their inner tension.

– Stick exercises, with a stick hold it anyway you want – warm yourself up and relax yourself, rolls, pushups, situps, leg raises, squats, rolling on stick etc..

– Massage yourself with the stick, create your own ways, an interesting idea is to put one end of stick against the wall and the other end pokes into your stomach, you move the stick to the points you feel a lot of tension in your stomach and leave it their, poking it in more when you need to. This is an excellent drill for relaxing the stomach and getting into those small, tense areas.

– Be calm inside, have patience.