Monday, October 16, 2017

Mikhail & Daniil Ryabko 3 Day Mt.Fuji Camp and Special Classes Review 2

A couple of days have passed since the Fuji Camp and two special classes with Mikhail and Daniil Ryabko and looking back we learned so much. For the entire time, we focused on maintaining and returning to a comfortable posture. By doing this, we could return the power the person was giving us or not allow them to apply their power to us. Simply making yourself comfortable gives you power, and making them uncomfortable makes them weaker.


What Mikhail gave us was not just essential to the physical practice of Systema but also a glimpse into how he lives his daily life using this principle. Mikhail said that when he’s in a room he always positions himself in such a way where he’s safe and comfortable because he can see everything that’s going on. This enables him, if needs be, to deal with the situation or escape in one motion. This also goes for any place where there are many people, such as on the subway. Another example he gave was how to park a car. He said that you need to park in such a way that it only takes one motion to drive your car away rather than two, therefore enabling you to escape more quickly. He said that he always knows his location in the world.


Mikhail also shared the importance of analyzing the information you receive when working with your partner and giving feedback to each other. He did say that everyone experiences the same work in a different way, which is why it’s necessary to speak to each other. Training in a slow and precise manner will allow you do this better. It’s important to gradually be able to explain your experience in a clearer fashion as you continue in your training. This will not just help you, but also your partners, and, in the end, your ability to share Systema with other people in a more concise and clearer way.


However, maybe most importantly, Mikhail continued to reiterate the importance of continual practice. He said that one of the reasons why he can do what he does is simply due to the amount of practice he’s had. In one of the special classes, he said that every one of the 70 participants came to him to be struck, which means he practiced his striking 70 times, definitely more than anybody at the class. He said that just because you can’t do something at the start, doesn’t mean you should give up. Like anything, you need to persevere with your training until you get it. There’s no secret, except good quality practice. Like the way Mikhail described how to deal with fear, little by little with practice you get better.


Mikhail and Daniil will be in Osaka this weekend for what will be another great event, so if you have the chance please go. You’ll learn so much. Thanks once again to Mikhail, Daniil, Systema Tokyo and all of my training partners. 

Mikhail & Daniil Ryabko 3 Day Mt.Fuji Camp Review

Just finished the 3 Day Fuji Camp! I'd like to thank Mikhail and Daniil Ryabko for sharing with us so much during this seminar.

The main principle that was explored was maintaining or returning to a natural balanced posture where you have maximum comfort. Mikhail explained and showed clearly that by keeping or returning to this comfortable condition, we were able to return a person's power back to them or not allow them to transfer their power into us, therefore keeping it for themselves. It didn't matter how strongly you held Mikhail, he was always able, without a hint of effort or power, to return the power we were giving out back to us.

We started from the ground up first of all being fully grabbed with power and then gradually doing it before contact. It was also applied to knife work and strikes.

This was very deep work that enabled us to find a deeper level of relaxation while at the same time uncovering unconscious tension that we have. The main thing was to remain comfortable or if uncomfortable return back to a comfortable safe position. 

There were so many profound experiences had and so much information shared that it'll take a long time for it to sink in but I'm looking forward to continuing this work from now on. As Mikhail said many times during the seminar, practice is most important. 

Thank you again to Mikhail and Daniil for their patience and generosity throughout the event. And thank you also to  Taka and Aya and all of the Systema Tokyo staff for organising such a special event.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Ryo Onishi 25th August Special Class & 26th August Seminar Review

I would like to say thank you to Ryo Onishi for a great special class and seminar last weekend. The main theme was opening your perception and practising this principle in many circumstances. The principle was about opening up your perception rather focusing on a specific area.
Physically in Systema we usually practise opening up by returning to a good posture after fear has set in and the body has closed in, say after a strike. When the body is relaxed there's freedom and when there's tension there's fear. Ryo came at this from a different perspective though and suggested that we change literally how we look at things.
Instead of focusing too much on the problem, for example a grab, or what you want to do, for example a strike, you relax your eyesight and use your peripheral vision as much as possible but in a relaxed way. By doing this the body followed your perception and opened up naturally and you felt more freedom, rather than being constrained by the immediate problem. It also helped to look at different people or places.
This change in perception had a dramatic effect on the effectiveness of whatever you were doing. By changing this perception, it relaxes you and the problem becomes no longer a problem and it gives you more freedom and power. This also relaxes your partner slightly too. Open perception equals freedom while focused attention equals imprisonment.
This was work that we had practised previously at other seminars but Ryo came at it from a different direction, making it accessible for students to experience for themselves. It's very hard to write about this, so you really have to experience it for yourself but it's something everybody can do. It's slightly like when you're trying to find your car keys you can't but when you give up they suddenly appear.
Also big thanks to Masashi Ueharaand the Systema Tobu club for the great organistaion and all of my training partners.

Adam Zettler Systema Japan July Special Class reviews

July 4th Special Class

In Adam Zettler's special class last night we worked on grab & escape with a focus on moving from breathing. He said that the breath should lead the movement. To practice this, we did the work while exhaling and inhaling. He said that working while inhaling is especially good because you can feel your tension and limitations more clearly.
Adam explained to us that we should be "empty of tension, full of breathing." This really sums up what we've been working on during Adam's time with us.

July 5th Special Class

Adam Zettler's last class in Tokyo last night was like the cherry on top of the icing of a cake. Even though it was the last class of a very inspiring and challenging 5 days, a lot of people came to get a final experience of working with Adam. Such a fun and intense class. It was non-stop movement on all levels separated by intense static work with intent to relax everybody further. And the result was obvious. 
The feeling at the end of this class and week was a very similar feeling to that when you have been in Toronto for a week. Fully energized, with a feeling of free movement without fear. But this was all possible because Adam progressively helped us to breathe more fully and relax more deeply over the week. And when working with him, he gave you that clear feeling of relaxed power, so that automatically after working with him, you immediately felt more energized and relaxed to work.
So on behalf of Systema Japan and all of the participants that attended the seminar and 3 special classes, we would like sincerely thank Adam for everything he gave us while he was here. Such an unforgettable experience. And, of course, we would like to show our deepest thanks to Vladimir and Valerie for their unending support and guidance.

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