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Systema movement - Part 2 - Nov 25, 2014

This is the second post in a series on Systema movement focussing on movement off the line of attack. After learning to move from contact in the first part, one should be able to move continuously in any situation. The next step is to learn to move efficiently. Efficiency means escaping with shorter steps in the right direction to prevent the attacker from chasing you with follow-up strikes or kicks and positioning yourself for a counter-strike at the same time.

 

Systema movement - Part 1 - Nov 24, 2014

This is the first in a series of posts on Systema movement. It deals primarily with movement from contact. Movement from contact is the first level in learning to move; it helps to make your movement automatic so that if you get hit from behind and can't see the attacker, you will still be ready to move to minimize the impact of the strike.

The key here is to move with your whole body as opposed to just tilting the body (usually, away from the strike). To move the whole body, a foot must step at the same time as attacker's fist or leg comes in contact and then the weight of the body is transferred onto the foot.

 

More tips on free work - Oct 29, 2014

Got a bunch of new material to post but decided to write about free work (again).

For a martial arts student, free work is as close as it gets to real combat and also the most difficult type of exercise to master. To be clear, by "master" I mean doing it with the sense of being in control of the situation and your body and coming out with the feeling of accomplishment and positive learning experience (rather than jumpy, beat, and aching).

 
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