A Manny Moment – Systema Training Tip
By utilizing an exercise ball you introduce an unpredictable element into your own movements. Check out the video, comment and share it with anyone that could benefit.
Movement is paramount. The body is in constant movement, even when you believe it to be still. Blood is moving and organs functioning, slowly shifting the body. The world is also in constant movement, even though one could swear it’s standing still. Training focuses on understanding movements versus techniques. The ability to move your body in an efficient and safe manner is of extreme value. Everyone has a unique form of movement, as unique as their own written signature. Many friends of mine have noticed me in a crowd just by my walk. Training, therefore, begins with an array of drills and exercises geared towards a student coming to terms with their own movements and understanding others.
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):
- Feeling your own weight on the floor (static position)
- Feeling the transfer of your weight as you move (e.g., the weight falling from one leg to the other while walking)
- Jumping and being pushed while you’re in the air to feel how your weight moves
- Grabbing and lifting your partner and feeling them pour their weight into different directions, and how it can be used to load your body
- Pouring your weight into a partner who is grabbing you in a bear hug to overload their structure and lock them
- Transferring your weight through both of your hands to take down an approaching partner
- Transferring your weight through a stick that both you and your partner are grabbing with both hands
- Transferring your weight through one hand to your partner
- 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
- 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 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.