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Systema Combative Body Massage – USAdojo.com

by Maryland Systema
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Any good massage is beneficial. The Systema combative body massage that we do in classes has its own unique and practical value. Done in a training session, it becomes an important part of overall development of the spirit and body. The Systema combative body massage practices usually include: Tissue Impact Bodyweight Massage Percussive Massage Joint Tapping Visceral Pressures Compared to passively receiving treatment from a masseuse, the combative body techniques are done within the spirit of action, training and fighting arts. While you exchange tapping, pushing, stepping on each other, controlling breath intensity, pain, balance, tension, and relaxation, you don’t […]

Boxing, Sambo and Mud Fighting

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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This incident took place when I was 14 years of age. I grew up in Tver, a fairly tough industrial city, 2 hours North of Moscow. I lived at home only on weekends, as for all 5 weekdays, I had to stay at a boarding school full of orphans and very rough kids from seriously troubled families. Naturally, martial arts were among our key interests. Out of 13 boys in my class, 12 trained in Boxing and one did Sambo Wrestling. Of course, I was quite skeptical about that one boy and had a much higher opinion of Boxing. Using […]

Systema Training for Effective Defense in Confined Space

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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Effective Defense in Confined Space comes from two essential abilities: – the skill of working (defending yourself) in one spot (for example, behind a desk in a small office, or on a mine field where one step away from your spot could be the last step you ever make!) – the skill of working without the full use of your body movements (it can range from a mild restriction, if you can’t let go of something you’re carrying, to being able to move only your fingers, if you are restrained or squeezed in a crowd. Based on this definition, here […]

Systema Drill To Overcome Fear of Contact

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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In the new SYSTEMA HAND to HAND film, there is a drill where the two opponents are approaching each other and evading contact. It is a very useful exercise to learn free and smooth movements and to identify the moment when you feel discomfort or fear. To expand on this practice, here is another good drill from Vladimir’s class. It will help you to further overcome your own psychological obstacles, your pride and your fear. Starting Position: Stand facing your partner, about 5 meters (15 feet) apart. Drill: 1. Your partner takes one step towards you, with any strike (arm […]

Systema Fist Walking Drills Help Improve Striking

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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Many factors prevent you from delivering strong and precise strikes. One of the main factors is the fear of hurting yourself, it maybe an unconscious fear until you become or are made aware of it. Most individuals are afraid of hurting their own hand upon striking (this explains why in many contact sports, such as boxing, people wear gloves or wrap-up their hands before fighting). This fear of hurting your hand leads to excessive clenching of the fist, the muscles of the forearm become tense and the strength is dispersed, thus the strike is no longer as powerful. It is […]

Systema Training Considerations

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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A human being is a complete system and for this reason we have to make our training a complete and whole system as well (thus, the Russian word for our training approach is Systema). Many sports and martial arts assume and presuppose that the person entering the training is healthy. In fact, this is almost never the case. The physiological parameters such as heart rate, blood pressure, lung capacity, posture, mobility and strength of the joints and muscles, condition of the nervous system are rarely ideal. And even less likely is one to have stable and balanced psyche, free of […]

Systema Breathing Application

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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How to breathe to prepare yourself for a fight using Systema breathing application? When an untrained person perceives danger, his heart rate and blood pressure go up, while the breathing gets disrupted – he usually holds his breath for a short time. As a result of stress, there is tension and restriction of movement so full breathing becomes impossible. Thus, the heart is working harder, the blood flows to the muscles, while there is not enough oxygen supply. In Systema, breath preparation is fairly simple – at the first sign of stress – begin to breathe and accelerate your breathing […]

Control Tension with Systema Conditioning

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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In Systema conditioning, we try to create all the exercises so that they lead us directly into the highest levels of fighting skill. Training drills are not distinct from the martial art but rather form the intensive energetic foundation for all defensive and offensive movements. One of the variables that interferes with our effective movements in any fight is tension. I’d like to present you with some useful physical drills that help you control your tension, while you are strengthening your body and developing your breathing at the same time. This progression can be performed as a stand-alone, independent training […]

Systema Pushups

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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A few years ago, when I was visiting Mikhail Ryabko in Moscow, he demonstrated a slow fist Systema pushup against the wall. I still clearly remember how standing next to him, it felt like a huge beast filled the room, the wall was droning and buzzing under his fists. Systema pushups are not just exercises for shoulders and chest, they are a comprehensive method to prepare for fighting and strikes. The way Mikhail did it, he had full sensitivity of the surface his fists were on, and he was not just moving his body up and down, he used the […]

Working Against Multiple Opponents in Martial Arts

by Vladimir Vasiliev
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Working against multiple opponents in martial arts is challenging both psychologically and physically. In Systema, there are a number of simple things to understand and practice to help you gain control over your external and internal opponents (i.e. your attackers and your own emotions). The first skill to acquire is moving away from the line of attack. It is important to learn not to freeze when a threat comes at you. If you are not very experienced in working against two or more opponents, your tendency will be to keep them in your field of vision all the time. You will find […]