Straight but Relaxed Spine

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What is this? Why this is a dragon... [Kenneth Snelson’s tensegrity sculpture]

This is one principle of natural strength I’ve known about for some time, but it wasn’t until recently while watching this video from Solovyov systema, that I thought it was worth writing about on this blog:

Technique teaching control of the spine – Solovev systema

Look at how he is able to throw his opponent once he engages the spine.

Posture in Systema

Martin Wheeler explains the importance of posture when fighting multiple opponents. The classic hunched or closed posture used in boxing or hakka Kung fu, is good for one focal point, but to be able to engage multiple targets around you… for this it takes a straight spine.

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