Letting go ….


Letting go is the most important thing

To train thinking that you will cover every possibility is to fly in the face of reality. No matter what level of training you receive, no matter how advanced your weapons are, no matter how just your cause is, there simply no guarantee you will survive. If you can accept this terrible piece of bad news, then your chances of survival will drastically increase. Survival is the goal of Systema, not winning and certainly not the glory of victory…. Just survival.

“Systema is for living, for surviving”

Being able to perform a technique in a fight means nothing. Fierce looking fighting postures will not save you. Just because started a technique does not mean that you need to finish it. You have to let go…

The need to hold onto something – forms, names, facts and figures, skills and experience … all very seductive. It is terrifying, this thought of embracing uncertainty, But it must be done. We have to let go of our definitions, of our knowledge, of our contingency plans and tactical concepts. We have to let go of our tank and our power. We have to let go of what we do not need in order to keep moving higher.

“Art is the Elimination of unnecessary”

As students watch my demonstrations or ‘work’ they really only see very simple things. Kind of boring, to be honest with you … lol (see the video below). The path of the martial artist is often compared to the act of climbing a mountain. I would agree with this, but add a little something to this metaphor… You see what they don’t tell you is that there is no “glorious view” from the top of the mountain. There is a gigantic swirl of darkness, a black hole of sorts, an absolute nothingness. The maintain top is beautiful because it is alone.

I hope this helps you ‘Let go…’


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