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Daniil Ryabko Seminar – Veendam – Part 2

22 Nov

With the Stick
– Put stick on the floor, facing straight upwards and put both hands on top of stick, and let your legs and back relax in a wave motion and let the stick curl under you as you fall softly to a laying position, the same facing with your back to the stick
– Now one arm on the top of the stick supporting yourself, and let your body relax, then your shoulder, keep hold of the stick and fall softly onto your stomach
– Put the stick straight upwards on the floor and walk both hands down it and back up, supporting all your weight and balancing.

– Lay on the floor, place the stick near your head, (facing upwards) and walk your hands up keeping your body straight, you can curl your legs for balance and support or try it with straight legs.

– Again laying flat on your back, the stick upright, above one of your shoulders. Hold the stick with one hand, your thumb pointed down, and pull youself up in one smooth motion to a standing position

–  Holding the stick straight up on the floor, lay down in front and hold the stick in the middle with your hands and in one smooth motion pull yourself up, keeping your body straight.
– Do just enough. Equal to the amount of effort you need for these exercises, exert yourself not more and not less.

On Wall with Stick
– Put the end of the stick on the wall -straight – hold it with two hands supporting your weight with it, then you go underneath the stick , till at one point your head is looking up to the ceiling with the stick between you, keep climbing around until you come to a standing position again,
now put the stick lower, go both ways, then lower, until as low as you can. You can get really low.
Try this again with only one hand supporting yourself the full way around and then with the other hand. This is is a really fun exercise, breath and you can do it for longer 🙂
– Their were loads of other variations, experiement and create new ones

Group Stuff:

– Pushups with one arm on the floor, one arm on persons shoulder next to you, 4 people in row.

– Pushups with one arm, and with the other hand you hold the stick in the air, hands should be kept same level as go down in pushup, so stick is in the hands of all 4  people in a  row. Now change positions of people – two people facing the other two people, all holding the stick up in the air as you go down in the pushup.

Daniil Ryabko Seminar, Veendam October 2012

10 Nov

This was an extremely interesting seminar with Daniil Ryabko, and very well organised.

Here are my notes from the Saturday:
– Lay on the floor, put one hand above your head, with your arm stretched out, then slowly using just your hand turn your body over, as you go along, when you feel tension in your spine, relax and go furthur, then repeat.

Video of this in Moscow:

– Next, you lay on the floor, and your partner tries to turn you over, by levering your arm and doing what he wants, relax completely and he cannot do that, try laying face up and face down.

– You lay on floor, partner holds and locks your wrist/arm, then you move the tension around in him so that he loses balance, by just turn your hand

– By turning your hand learn how to switch the muscle that the person is holding and the tension shifts in them, you group them together, and move them as a whole.

– Standing up, your partner tries to lock you, you just relax your arms and turn your wrist, not engaging any other shoulder or arm muscle, two people then try to lock you in same drill, relax your arms and switch the muscles.
If you do this right you will switch the tension and they will have no support on your arms.

General things:

– If he doesn’t do anything, you don’t do anything.

– Work with his movement, when he gives you something, work with it
– Keep him connected to you
– His tension is towards a direction, turn his tension by just turning your hand, only your hand
(daniil made this look easy)
– When he gives you tension on one muscle, turn and change the muscle so you feel no pressure
– Changing the muscles happens inside you, so people cannot see it
– Make all your power go to your hands
– Turn just the hand, do not engage shoulder or arm muscles, keep them relaxed
– Pushups, leg raises and squats to clean ourselves
– Not only now, you have to relax all the time in your life

Moscow HQ Seminar March 2012: Mikhail Ryabko and Moscow Instructors – Sat

23 Sep

This was a two day seminar on Strikes, while i was in Moscow. Mikhail led the seminar and other instructors taught for an hour of two to show their own perspective.

Striking, Balance and Feeling

– You sit facing the opposite way from your partner, shoulder to shoulder then you push them with your fist, keeping the shoulder and body relaxed. If you – just do it, don’t tense up before or you give him support, you just push him to the floor.

– standing facing partner they lean onto your fist you hold them, to the point that they can’t recover balance then let them fall.

– Same drill as above but now as you hold them you squat, move around, then walk away taking all their support in one motion.

Drills to relax stomach

– Person lays down, other person kneels down and pushes fist into partner, person on floor breathes and relaxes and lets in pressure, lets pain go, spreads it out to the whole body.

– Then person kneeling down places knees on persons stomach and puts weight on them. person on floor lets pressure in and their stomach and body relax. Daniel kept saying “let it go” – “the pain, the fears”

Wall exercises

– Partner is against wall, leans a bit and you push them, just with your fist, into the wall, go inside the person to hold the weight/spine/balance then give them a direction left/right/up etc and push.

– Same exercise now with two partners on wall, both lean forward at different times and you catch their balance the point where there weight is floating, where they start to lean and their weight is free, you push with the fist. Relax your body, shoulders, hips – feel everything.

Pushing drills

– Pushing with fists simultaneous 1-20 then 20 to 1 punching.

– Person grabs you and you push them with your fists to release yourself, not so that he grabs harder or more. in 1 motion or in 2 or 3, counting outloud, 1 ,2 ,3 etc.

– Push and punch with whats there, arms, body etc. don’t pull arm back to punch again, the motion continues.

– Push one partner with your fist so their weight is on their heels, stay with them keep contact don’t lose him, then change direction of elbow and push more.

Words of wisdom

– If your stomach is tense, then legs are tense, if legs tense then stomach tense.

– Do it- don’t pretend to do it.

– No empty movement, know what you want to do and do it

– Stay in situation, focus, Wake up.

– Remain calm inside – breath

One last Post… Daniel Ryabko Striking Seminar Notes

29 Feb

One last post before i go to Moscow for a month, I will be filming some clips and making notes, they will be on here when i return.. Good luck with your training 🙂

For now i leave you with my notes from a seminar i went to in London 2007 with Daniel Ryabko:


The main focus was on striking and taking strikes.

– Getting hit/ taking strikes is more important than giving strikes

– 1 person lays on floor and lifts 1 body part in to the air eg arm, leg etc

Other person kneels next to person and positions/ places fist and tries to relax the group of muscles that is tensing to keep that body part in the air. Vibrate / move fist around in area where tension originates from to relax those muscle groups and the lifted limb should slowly lower.

– Same with striking, Person tries to get up and you try to find the tension and the point of balance “the moment” to stop the person getting up.

– A saying of Mikhails “timing is everything” , “the right place at the right time”

– When pushing on someone with the fist do not change direction or push in a different direction just place the fist differently and move it around to relax the person downwards.

– When pushing someone with the fist do not create tension in yourself and therefore the other person will not tense as there is no force in the push, there is nothing for him to resist against

– Person lays down and you push your fist in him, so he feels he has to move and he moves.

– Laying on floor, push your fist into the person, so he feels no pain only the power.

– Sitting down push each other with the fists and try to take away his force with a push of your own.

– Standing up push the person with the fist and you should place the fist so that it move the person (very light pressure is required)

– 1st strike/push to control the person – 2nd strike/push to take their balance “give them a direction to fall”

– Taking strikes you exhale on contact, you exhale the pressure of the strike from your upper chest

– The stomach should be full with breath and the breathing should tense up the stomach

– You should exhale in your mind before you exhale with the mouth

– You touch the person in a place that cause their form to be disrupted and they move around to distribute tension and ensure that no tension arises in them

– For fullness inhale and tense the body and exhale and try to keep the feeling of fullness in your body. Exhale into yourself.

– Getting hit by Daniel is an experience, whenever you can get hit by one of these guys do not pass up the opportunity.