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Jan Bloem Stickfighting Seminar – Veendam, Nederland 30e Oktober 2011

31 Oct

So i travelled to the north of holland yesterday, to train in a seminar given by Jan Bloem, whom I’d only seen once at a seminar a few years ago in england. I remember him being very smooth, relaxed, and one of the best systema-ers i’d ever seen.

The seminar started out at 11am, and at the train station I saw some guys with sticks, so I knew either they were gardeners of Systema-men .

There was about 20-25 people, and or all had done Systema before.

we started off without the stick, moving on the ground to warm up, a collection of rolls and movements to relax us.
Then we stood up and practiced moving the stick around in circles and learning to move the stick using our whole body. 

Then an interesting drill, was about 10 people stood in a square and one person had to be in the middle practicing there stick movement, and the others had to watch, for a little bit of pressure, this is a good experience, and i felt this was valuable.

After that we moved on to being poked and held down with the stick in different ways while we were doing the push up and squat, then after that laying on the floor with people holding us down with the stick and then we had to escape. i liked this, because i felt challenged and had to make my body more relaxed in order to escape.

Throughout this seminar i noticed just how much the tension had built up through my 2 years of only systema “life” training and not in a gym of with other people specifically training or devoted to systema.

We then went on to a two person drill, where each person held one end on the stick and we had to tangle them up, through pushing, pulling and twisting, and feel them through the stick, in order to take them to the floor. Then it was both people moving at the same time and both relaxed in order to develop a flow with the drill.

We then went on to training standing up one on one with a stick, one person attacking with a stick and the other person doing something. Then with one person punching and the other person using the stick to do something.

Then the final part and one of my favorites was stick massage, i have not had a good systema massage from hitting, walking on my back etc for a long time, and this time it was a stick massage, With a small stick, you lay on the ground, your partner rolls the stick first slowly over the individual muscles around your body, all over, jan said “not on the joints” and then very slowly over the individual muscles again, stopping on the bubbles of tension that appear and working more with them. My partner knew what he was doing, a at times the pain was quite extreme, maybe also because i havent felt it for a long time, i continued the burst breathing when it got very painful and by the end, I felt a lot calmer and more relaxed, and my lower leg muscles especially, felt nice and soft, to the touch.

(There were more drills during the day but i cannot remember them fully now)

Overall a good day of training, as well as some interesting thoughts and discussions from jan.

Just what i needed to jump-start back into Systema.