Enjoy the Process

 

“One should approach all activities and situations with the same sincerity, the same intensity, and the same awareness that one has with bow and arrow in hand.”—Kenneth Kushner

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We live in a world obsessed with results. Like Herrigel, we have a tendency to put so much emphasis on whether or not the arrow hits the target. If, however, we put that intensity and focus and sincerity into the process—where we place our feet, how we hold the bow, how we breathe during the release of the arrow—then hitting the bullseye is simply a side effect.

The point is not to worry about hitting the target. The point is to fall in love with the boredom of doing the work and embrace each piece of the process. The point is to take that moment of complete awareness and focus and carry it with you everywhere in life.

It is not the target that matters. It is not the finish line that matters. It is the way we approach the goal that matters. One of the most important archery lessons to learn

 

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Everything Is Aiming

 

What should I practice during Archery Classes? The answer is simple Everything is aiming!

Great archery masters often teach that “everything is aiming.” Where you place your feet, how you hold the bow, the way you breathe during the release of the arrow—it all determines the end result.

In the case of Awa Kenzo, the master archer was so mindful of the process that led to an accurate shot that he was able to replicate the exact series of internal movements even without seeing the external target. This complete awareness of the body and mind in relation to the goal is known as zanshin.

Zanshin is a word used commonly throughout Japanese martial arts to refer to a state of relaxed alertness. Literally translated, zanshin means “the mind with no remainder.” In other words, the mind completely focused on action and fixated on the task at hand. Zanshin is being constantly aware of your body, mind, and surroundings without stressing yourself. It is an effortless vigilance.

Archery classes at FightClub – In practice, though, zanshin has an even deeper meaning. Zanshin is choosing to live your life intentionally and acting with purpose rather than mindlessly falling victim to whatever comes your way.

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Anti-Bullying – Youth Martial Arts Training

Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Kids who bully use their power – such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity – to control or harm others. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally and purposely excluding someone from a group. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may experience serious, lasting problems.

Youth Martial Arts Training at FightClub approaches anti-bullying head-on by using principles of redirection and straightforward assertiveness. Students are taught to manage situations without the use of violence first, learning ways to assess threats, redirect verbal assaults and mobilize the audience, which is a critical factor in empowering the bully.

In a nutshell, I want to teach your kids how to deal with a ‘bad guy’without becoming a ‘bad guys’ themselves. I want them to find power and confidence in what it means to be good.

If you facing these challenges with your kids please bring them by FightClub for a few classes and see what Systema Training at FC can do for them first hand.

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Fail Fast, Failing Often and Early

 

These are not exactly the words you want to hear, let me explain…

To me failure is not the opposite of success, it is apart of being successful. Failure teaches us so much, why then do we avoid it? Shame or ego possibly – At the end of the day avoiding failures means to avoid the #1 best teacher of the human race – Failure. Show me any successful person out there from Olympic athlete to top leaders and when you talk to them they will tell you that they failed a lot to become successful.

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I have a simple motto that I use for myself… “Try – Test – Fail”. I apply it to all so many aspects of my training and life. It works so well for me and I want to show every student that trains at FightClub this same perspective. Too many people trying to be perfectionists and they need to unlearn this mentality quickly or they will not learn all they need to learn from school and life.

The big question becomes can you stomach the losses? The answer should always be yes I can. Training in Systema Russian Martial Arts at FightClub will prepare you!

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Battle Gymnastics

 

I like to think of the movements we use in Systema as a kind of ‘Battle Gymnastics’ to honor its martial heritage. Learning to move your body in space with smooth, speed and power has so many benefits to your life, not just fighting. Personally, I really love to move with that kind of “silent power”.

If you’re looking to burn fat or bulk up, sure, you’ll build muscle and lose body fat practicing Systema, but these are not their primary goals; much like the warrior physique is merely a by-product, not the intent, of fighting efficacy. The appearance is not the destination; just a part of the journey.

You can appear to have a massive, powerful frame. You can look as if you could withstand any crisis. But without the malleable form, you will lack the ability to express that power. You will remain encased in a ‘prison of muscle’

I’ve often alluded during class to the difference between “show muscle” and “go muscle”.

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If you want to look like a statue, that’s fine; but take care that you don’t become one. Train to develop the fire to desire to move with power, rather than merely appearing powerful. Power means nothing without the ability to navigate unknown and surprise obstacles and resistance with ease and imagination.

Movement or moving seems easy but doesn’t make the big mistake of rushing!  Be fully compliant to incremental progression. Shortcuts are plentiful but lead down the wrong path. We cannot make the progress shorter, but we can make it much longer, with significantly more severe consequences.

I cannot help you shorten your Systema training journey. No one can. But I can help you not lengthen the journey. I can help you lessen the severity of the consequences through Systema training at FightClub.

I call to the mature warrior within you, to awaken! Come and train to find your movement and your power!

See you at FC,

emmanuel

 

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