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The Enemy of Improvement

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Hey Dedicated Systema Students,

 

*FightClub will be closed from August 28th until September 4th. Regular classes resume September 5th.*

 

There is a famous Japanese proverb that says: “After winning the battle, tighten your helmet.”  In other words, the battle does not end when you win. The battle only ends when you get lazy, when you lose your sense of commitment, and when you stop paying attention. The act of living with alertness regardless of whether the goal has already been achieved. We can carry this philosophy into many areas of life…

“The battle does not end when you publish a book. It ends when
you consider yourself a finished product, when you lose the
vigilance needed to continue improving your craft”

The enemy of improvement is neither failure nor success. The enemy of improvement is boredom, fatigue, and lack of concentration. The enemy of improvement is a lack of commitment to the process, because the process is everything. This lesson is repeated over and over every time students come to practice at FightClub. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with just commitment.

I like to think of Systema as a gift. A gift that we all share and spread to as many people that we know can benefit. Don’t let your friends and family fall prey to the drudgery, boredom and fatigue of life. Get them to try classes and make a step in a positive direction.

Respectfully,
Emmanuel

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Movement as an Art

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I like to think of the movements we use in Systema as a kind of ‘Battle Gymnastics’ to honour its martial heritage. Learning to move your body in space with smoothness, 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”. If you want to look like a statue, that’s fine; but make sure that you don’t become one. Train to develop your movement with power, rather than merely appearing powerful. Power means nothing without the ability to navigate unknown, surprise obstacles and resistance with ease and imagination.

Movement seems easy, but don’t make the big mistake of rushing! Be fully compliant to incremental progression. Short cuts 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 the 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!

Yours in learning,
Emmanuel

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Schedule Updates

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FightClub will be closed on Friday August 4th & Monday August 7th for the Civic Holiday long weekend. There will be a class on Saturday August 5th – So come for some good Systema Holiday Training!

 

Check out he latest Manny minute from the Outdoor Seminar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W-gE6m5kKc

 

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East York Bulldogs AAA Baseball Team

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Dear Emmanuel,

I am taking this opportunity to thank you on behalf of our team for the very caring and informative session on Saturday. It is hoped that the boys will remember your teaching for a very long time. Your team building was excellent and it reminded me very much of a team building session I had many years ago, which was hosted by Imperial Oil. If I wasn’t almost 73, I would love to learn under your teaching. It would have helped me in my hockey playing and coaching, not to mention my mental attitude.

Again we thank you very much.

Coach Bob Belbin
East York Bulldogs AAA Baseball Team 2017

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State of Mind

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Courage and fear.
Confidence and doubt.
Winning and losing.

The difference is, more often than not, a state of mind.

 

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