September 2021 / 14 posts found

Tense Shoulders – The Bigger Picture

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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When I observe students in class, at seminars, or when I evaluate instructors through the Systema Video Program (SVP), I see one most common limitation – tense shoulders and hips. In this article, let’s look at the tense shoulders. We should understand how it seriously damages our moving and fighting potential. 1. Unfortunately, it is not obvious to many people that with tension-filled shoulders, we are not able to lift the arms freely or maintain good posture. Therefore, everything including balance, power, and precision will suffer. 2. The sight of tense shoulders in a fight is a signal of your […]

How Hard Should Your Systema Training Be?

by Vladimir Vasiliev
Your Goal The goal of Systema training is to accumulate power and not tension. I believe that with each training session, while doing the same or higher workload, we should get less tired at the end of the class. We should try to perform each exercise in such a way, that with practice, we are able to do it with less and less exertion. This is achieved by utilizing only the muscles needed for the movement and keeping the rest of the body tension-free. Moreover, if you move naturally and correctly, your psyche also relaxes and your physical and psychological […]

Mastering Systema: Striking Spirituality

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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I attended two days of the Mastering Systema seminar in Toronto, Ontario. It was a week long event, and I was there for the weekend finale. There were different themes for each day, Saturday’s was health and fitness and Sunday’s was knife work. Photo by Melissa Vasiliev They were exciting, busy days where the training was set within the framework of the daily themes, but the lessons were broad and deep. It was expertly shown to us that Systema is a method of self-defense based on a specific type of physical and mental conditioning, enhancing sensitivity and bringing forth inner […]

Be a Moving Target

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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Everyone knows that shooting a moving target is much harder than a fixed one. It requires additional efforts and skill. Something similar happens in a fight. If a person utilizes continuous movement, the complexity of working against him is infinitely higher. It makes not only his single opponent helpless, but also a multiple attackers. Even a group of armed attackers looses the advantage when faced with a relaxed person who is always ready to react on a free and spontaneous level. Working on the move provides a unique feeling of distance and almost chess-like combinations in a fight dynamics. Such […]