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How to Train Systema and Develop True Power

21 Jan

In Systema what are we training? Speed, Strength, Power…

Absolutely. But what many people miss is the deep connection to breath, and that the most important thing in any exercise is our Focus. Focus on : our breathing, internal condition, movement, timing and our overall psche. Which is what makes Systema training different, is that we can control our awareness, pulling it inside, feeling our internal condition/tension level or putting it outside, just going with the flow (Just doing it)

Eg – in a pushup – relaxing our body, aligning the bones, feeling the pulse, flow of the blood pressure, breathing cycles, breath holds.

So we do develop strength, and power in our body but by focusing our attention in a way that connects and balances our whole body and psche. When we focus ourselves in this way and do an exercise that pushes us to a new level by overcoming our weakness, we get not a rational concept or principal but a Feeling.

These feelings we get, are our key to understanding systema/ourselves and the reason why michael, vladimir, valentin, ancient chinese and ninja masters can whup our asses!

They have inner strength, calmness and understanding – True Power.


State, Feeling and Training

18 Oct

Ever had one of those days where you feel shit?
like your training is a bit off, you feel tenser than usual.

I felt like that today, I decided to eat some crap to start the day off, 3 chocolate croissants and a cappuccino – gone 😉
They tasted really good, but then I started to feel crap. (I have one day a week or so where I eat crap other days I eat healthy – I think this is why 90% of the time my mood and energy is high and I feel happy)

Today was a day to eat crap, and it is incredible how much it influenced my state; to do things and to train.
I am in between part time jobs at the moment, which is cool with me, I like to have more free time, and I have worked 3 weeks straight – time for a break I think 😉

Although, today I called these companies called “uitzendbureaus” (in Holland kind of like job centres in England, but they seemed to be used more frequently here and are mostly privately run) and I possibly have work for next week so I will enjoy the free time, while I have it.

Down to training –
I started with stretching and breathing, pushing the limit of my focus and attention to relax all unnecessary tension and especially the body part being stretched.
I will make a video of this as well. – as to watch it is quite interesting, how far you can go when you learn to master your body, and awareness.
This took quite a while starting from my legs, and going up to my spine and arms and neck.
stretching and relaxing all body parts.

Then I did some rolling exercises with breathing.
One old exercise I did was lay face down on the floor and then roll forward without using your legs , just your shoulders a bit, midsection and back, then rollback trying to relax all unneeded body parts as much as possible.

After the rolling, I laid on the floor and relaxed my whole body with breathing, then breathed in through my stomach and out through my arms, then in through stomach out through legs then in through stomach and out through both – arms and legs.

After this training I felt a lot more whole and better.
I discover this almost every day newly, that breathing and Systema have a lot of power in changing how i feel and making me feel more whole/ free/ connected/ one – a word can’t really describe it, but try some of these things and feel it for yourself.
Have a good day 🙂