by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: May 19, 2021
I'd like to tell you about a remarkable fight preparation.
Back in the old days when I was training with Mikhail Ryabko in Russia, we were invited to demonstrate Systema to some high ranking officials. I had to be in a real full contact confrontation against some famous martial artists and competition champions.
Needless to say, I was fairly fearful. To prepare me, Mikhail did not say any encouraging words, there was no cheering up or helpful tips, but instead he hit me very very hard and with extreme calmness. […]
by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: October 27, 2016
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 – tension in the 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.