Oct 5, 2010

Feeling lucky today. I am working from home and got a chance to drop by the class during lunch (you can tell, I am proud of my integrity). Also, Vladimir teaches the eventing class and looks like I can make it too.

On a different note, morning classes are somehow different from the evening ones. Different bunch, more unfamiliar faces. I guess, people are less tired in the morning and for some this is probably a replacement of their morning exercise routine (like for yours truly).

Links to the classes are here and here.


Sep 23, 2010

The subject of today's class was preparation to making and taking punches. Have to comment on that - I recently watched an episode of "the Deadliest Warrior" on SpikeTV starring Max Franz, one of the instructors in Vladimir Vasiliev's Toronto school. If memory serves, it was episode 6 of the first season titled "Spetsnaz vs. Green Berets". They showed how Spetsnaz was trained for punches - one operative tied to a chair and the other beating him senseless splattering blood all over his face.

This has little to do with reality, and even less with the way Systema students are trained. There are indeed exercises to teach a person how to take and process a punch, but they are not designed to improve your stamina or tolerance threshold. There are other and better ways to achieve that without hurting yourself.

Instead, the objective of this type of training should be to learn to properly manage a hit so as to sustain as little damage as possible when it lands. This actually gave me an idea for another point to be added to the Fundamentals section, it will be coming out shortly.

Anyway, here is a link to today's class.


Sep 22, 2010

This is my first official blog entry, celebration is in order. In the blog, I will cover my personal experiences with Systema and its followers.

The first experience that comes to mind is that although I live 15 minutes away from Systema Headquarters in Toronto, somehow I end up being late for the warm-up by five.

Apparently, there are a few new folks in the class today – one can tell by the choking sounds of their breath when doing leg raises. Interesting to observe, people seem to be shy to breathe frequently and loudly. Must feel rather difficult when you just start learning how to do it properly - in through the nose, out through the mouth, no tension in the lips, letting the air flow freely. One of the tricks that works for me is to focus on exhaling rather than inhaling which is contrary to our instincts. My class notes are here.


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