Recently I participated in a conference in which our group had a demo and two-hour training session to present to whomever wanted to see what Systema is all about. I don’t remember when was the last time I laughed so hard and had so much fun. Despite the bruises, minor cuts and aches, I felt happier and in my element. Out of these intensive training sessions, my friend David and I collected key points that have helped us in our movement and precision of executing Systema. There is work in progress and much more to learn but these key points help us define our Systema:
- Work as a whole, not as parts: body in aligned structure, balance and connected with energy and direction of the attack
- Work from the ground up; that is, move your feet first: feel energy and direction of attack and move feet in that direction (escape)
- Keep your eyes on opponents but do not stare. Soft focus: aware of surroundings never leaving opponents sight while moving
- Move with the pace and speed of opponent: do not anticipate movement, redirect away from your body or block the angle or direction of attack.
- Work on all 6 levels ( wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle): look for the opportunities to break structure and connect for take down
- RELAX and keep breathing: unrestricted breathing keeping the body free of tension.