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How To Get Better at Systema By Training Smart

31 Jul

A common question about training in general is; should i train everyday?

The answer for most things and Systema is, yes. The more you train, the better you get – you should of course listen to your body, but as Systema practitioners we should know this.

10,000 hours – An interesting idea

Think about this if you train 2 times a week for 3 hours in total that’s 156 hours per year. You may, if you’re lucky become a “master” in 40/50 years. But if you train 1 hour per day, 365 hours per year you can cut it down to 10-20 years.

A strange thing also takes effect- in that the more you train, the better you train. For instance if you watch Michael do some breathing, one short cycle is enough to relax his body and psyche and he’s ready to work. You start to train smarter, become more aware and develop balance in daily life.

Intensive training – What makes a difference

There are a few exceptions to improving skill and the best way to improve your skill rapidly is to; Train with the Russian Instructors, especially Michael. They can see things you can’t and correct mistakes you don’t know about. They accelerate your training, through 1: giving you the correct feeling of good work and 2: changing your psyche, removing fear, so you become more calm and confident and learn to just do it.

Lesson from Daniel

If you ask Daniel how do i become good at Systema, he laughs and says “time”. He goes on to say many people want to get good and they come to training 1 or 2 times per month or leave and come back. Commitment. Continual daily action, as with learning other things, is the most important.

Something that Michael and the other russian instructors teach is, breath, relax and enjoy ūüôā

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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

Р 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 ūüôā
– 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.

РPushups 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 Рtwo 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:

РNext, 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