Systema – The Entire Arm

Hey FC Crew,

Here is a quick video from last weeks class where I showed how to ‘work’ from the entire arm. The idea being that you try make one arm work like two arms. As you will see in the video the work is quite gentle for both me and my partner. There are a lot of people in the martial arts world that will criticize this stuff – maybe even I did years ago.

If we condition ourselves to respond to any movement with maximal tension we will begin to respond to all things with maximal tension – disagreements with our spouse, conflict with a coworker, road rage, negative self-talk, the list goes on and on.

Han Suyin wrote: “There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.”

Do not mistake gentleness for weakness. We must learn to apply appropriate force to each situation.

When we practice selective tension we practice gentle strength. We learn how to discern the appropriate force to resolve whatever situation is at hand. This teaches us how to prevent force escalation, and how to overcome hardship without making it more difficult than absolutely necessary.

Yours in Systema,


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