Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Systema Japan Wednesday 6th November Regular Class

It was a good class at Systema Japan tonight. We focused on understanding how to move without excessive tension by doing a variety of ground drills to soften the body, such as moving on the ground by only moving the shoulders and grabbing the ankles. The purpose was to restrict the students' movement, which creates tension, and they had to breath, relax and find the freedom to move continually in these positions.

Partners then worked together and they had to move through the limbs of the partner who was on all fours. They also did similar drills from the same position but the partner pushed and grabbed them while they were moving. The partner, who was grabbing and pushing, gradually got lower until they were basically on top of the person doing a variety of tight holds. The aim of these drills was to restrict and give even more tension and stress to the partner. They had to deal with it  by moving organically and reducing their tension so they could find the space to move around the tension, instead of into it. 

Similar work was done but instead of on the ground, they stood up and grabbed and escaped from one partner's or two partners' holds. This was done in the same way as before. They had to relax and find the space to escape by moving various body parts, rather than fighting against the resistance. They also did this while continually moving.

The final part of the lesson concentrated on some of the content from the Daniel Ryabko seminar the previous weekend. For example, you felt and shifted, in a very subtle way, the person's balance to a point that creates the maximum amount of tension in them without them falling. They literally kept themselves up with their own tension. Keeping this tension and "zero" balance point, as Daniel Ryabko called it, we practised manipulating the person's posture and tension. 

This is a great way to learn how to be more sensitive of a person's balance and tension. It's important not to use force to shift their balance or move them. Instead, it should be done very lightly and subtlety so they barely know what's going on.

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