Russian Systema – Weight Seminar Review

Working with Weight Seminar Review – Part 1 

~ by Mark Fan

On February 9th, 2020, Emmanuel taught a seminar at Fight Club about working with weight. As we know, the Systema approach suggests that we act with the minimum amount of muscular effort – so how do we respond to someone who is using muscular effort against us? Emmanuel explained that effective use of our body weight can help us respond without over-activating the musculature.

The Content and Progression of the Seminar

Emmanuel walked us through a clear step-by-step experiential process, with several stages (my memory of the exact order may not be perfect here):

  1. Feeling your own weight on the floor (static position)
  2. Feeling the transfer of your weight as you move (e.g., the weight falling from one leg to the other while walking)
  3. Jumping and being pushed while you’re in the air to feel how your weight moves
  4. Grabbing and lifting your partner and feeling them pour their weight into different directions, and how it can be used to load your body
  5. Pouring your weight into a partner who is grabbing you in a bear hug to overload their structure and lock them
  6. Transferring your weight through both of your hands to take down an approaching partner
  7. Transferring your weight through a stick that both you and your partner are grabbing with both hands
  8. Transferring your weight through one hand to your partner
  9. Placing your weight on two people are locked together in a tight grab; apply the weight in the right spot and you can help one person gain the upper hand
  10. Transferring your weight through your hand to an incoming knife stab hand

In each stage there was an attempt to impart the “feeling” of weight. As you can see, we progressed from grabs (where the linkage between partners is relatively stable, and allows for transfer of weight from one person to another), to more dynamic movements Russian Systema such as a strike with a single hand to an incoming stabbing hand, so that weight can be transferred quickly when the contact time is short.

I’m still processing the information and will write more over the next few weeks.


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Get Good – Martial Arts

How long does it take to get good?

Like most questions, there isn’t a definitive answer to “how long does it take to get good?” at martial arts or anything for that matter.

My stock answer to the “how many” question is to smile and say “Yes”.

That usually gets a strange look, and then I’ll explain.  Is training 1 year good?  Yes.  Is training 2 years better?  Yes.  Is training 3 years better still?  YES!

But there are certain things we need to be aware of ….

#1 – The number of years that you train doesn’t guarantee anything.  You can train for 5 years and have terrible fundamentals and mechanics and you train for 1 year and have great fundamentals and mechanics. Quality training always wins – So the key is ‘dedication’ to what you’re doing each time you train. If you do this you will grow stronger, healthier, and more alive and you will “Get Good”.

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Youth Martial Arts – Posture & Balance


For many kids, one of the skill sets that is often overlooked, but needs constant work and attention is balance and posture – basic skills necessary for almost any activity. I know it’s not glorious to talk about but take it from me… correcting your posture has countless benefits not just for kids – but for all of us.

We sit far too much and walk on solid ground that is very level. The skill of balance and Posture is slowly but surely deteriorating.  Poor posture leads to cramped organs, improper breathing, and a whole host of other unhealthy bodily expressions.

The youth martial arts training program at FightClub helps to build strong balance, healthy posture and balanced movement through the use of creative drills and engaging games often presented in every class to help developing students improve these fundamental skills.


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Archery Lessons – Lead to Self Mastery


Archery lessons require a little instruction followed by a lot of practice. An instructor can break things down into parts, but the student must play with the parts and put them back together. This process promotes self-mastery.

This self—mastery usually does not happen automatically, but it can be learned by almost any student with Correct study Habits and a good study environment.

There are so many benefits that await most students both young and old who learn to self—teach and then apply this skill to their work, school, and life.

“Good Habits Lead to Self Mastery”


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Benefits of Martial Arts – Step Forward and Upward


Most people allow their fears to cause them to avoid risk, even though without risk not only is there no reward, there’s no joy! Joy (or happiness) is what fuels us and its absence – boredom – is what devour us.

Whatever we fear most, we need to do. The thing that scares the hell out of us is precisely what we should be doing. Unfortunately, we live in an anti-fear society where we are averse to experiencing anything uncomfortable.

But you don’t have to be like “most people”. If you’re serious about being successful, about leveraging your fear into excitement and fortune, then you’ll try Systema at FightClub. If already training at FightClub then you need to ‘push it’ – Push into the Systema Curriculum. It has so much to offer but you need to WORK! If not, perhaps you’re just not serious enough right now and are more content to remain comfortable.

As for me the benefits of martial arts – I’m routing for your better, purer, more adventurous and successful self to step forward and upward. Hope to and see for yourself first hand. New Members Welcome!

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