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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: M. Ryabko and Moscow Instructors – Sun

6 Oct

Sunday was also a very interesting day:


With a hammer

– Mikhail demonstrated on big Sergi with a rubber hammer, how to make the strike go in.

– I asked to try and had a go just with my fist and also with the hammer, but he was saying my strike was empty, he grabbed my hand and with ease, confidence and power lifted it up and dropped it onto big Sergi sending him to the floor. Without Michael holding my fist i could not produce the same result, they were just “normal” strikes. Very interesting to feel this..

– When you strike imagine you hit a nail in to the wall/floor

– You strike to the floor/wall/ceiling to go in and past/through the person.



– Intention to do something, know what you want to do with your partner.

– Relax everything and put all the power into the fist

– Tension in psyche stops the punch

– Punch him so his weight goes onto his heels then takes him to the floor.

– when punching, as you reach “him” inside squeeze fist a little bit

– Learn how to give tension and relaxation


Psychology, Breath and Balance:

–  Everything is psche, First calm your psche. If you can be sensitive and look inside yourself, find and know yourself then you can take the next step – sensitivity and perception

– Punch as if you had a stick/knife in hand, move elbow up and down and sideways to change direction of punch, straight elbow, elbow up or down.

– Rolling 1 inhale, 1 exhale in 1 roll (1 breath cycle), 1 roll – 2 breath cycles, 1 roll – 3 breath cycles etc up to 5 then back down.

– Inhaling for 1 roll exhale 1, inhale 2 exhale 2, adapting your breath up to 10/20 (getting faster when rolling), then back down.

– Hold stick in your hand, find natural position where you do not feel the weight of the stick, then using only your hand lean the stick one way and feel where the stick leads you, your body moves let the stick lead your movement, same with knife – let it lead and carry you

–  Michael showed an exercise that can only be seen, it was an exercise in sensitivity, feeling, tension and using body position and feeling, I’ll find the video and post it soon