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Systema Warrior Women

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Real Women’s Systema So what is real women’s systema? Russian systema is a system of fighting developed in secret for super soldiers in the USSSR. Real Russian systema is traceable and the notable founder and inventor A. A. Kadochnikov utilized physics, biomechanics and traditional western fighting to create it (Russian Fencing, Boxing and Family Russian Style). Not to be confused with the rotund systema guy that punches others in the stomach, and not fake women’s […]

Balance is Key

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Temple Knights motto: Estu prudenta kaj simpla In the previous post, we discussed finding a martial art system to play with, something that you love. Now in the next level the main law is balance. Systema Maksimtsov Law of Balance Once you have found a system that you love, and there are many if you need some suggestions – the next level of master is to apply the law of balance. Balance in health, balance […]

ISAI Natural Motion practices – Quasimetrics

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qua•si kwā′zī″, kwä′zē adj.Having a likeness to something; resembling. What are quasimetrics? quasi meaning resembling or like isometric exercises. As Monya Gorelik explains on the ISAI blog: “During power-stretching we actually perform kind of almost isometric contraction. It means that during muscle contraction we perform very slow 3D rotational motion, less than 20 degrees in second or even almost completely stop. The most important here is a “motional intention” during this act, honest attempt to continue […]

What does scientific and natural martial arts look like?

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There are many styles of martial arts which I have referred to before: sport, combat, military and energy work martial arts. Some arts main focus is on killing the enemy like Fairbairn’s WW2 Gutter fighting. Some are focused on containment and control like police work Jiu Jitsu (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). Sport styles are fairly well recognized and do not need further mention here (Although looking at the more ancient forms of sport like Indian Kabbadi […]

Spiral movement transitions

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Simon Thakur of AncestralMovement.com has been working on evolutionary movement for some time now. Here he shows how to combine all three movement planes into transitional movement practice for the body. You can read Simon’s write up Spiral Movments by clicking on the link. Kadochnikov Spiral exercise On another part of the planet- in Russia, a very similar movement for training the body and nervous system for combat had also been utilized in the Russian […]

Straight but Relaxed Spine

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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: 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 […]

Embrace the Unusual

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When people think of unusual martial arts styles they may think of this guy from Youtube Systema “Chkharyok” Viktor Matveev. Many jokingly refer to this as vodka style. But sadly no, this is just his own style…. We will get to drunken style after a short introduction of unorthodox thinking. Musashi Miyamoto In the famous duel in SAMURAI III classic Japanese cinema Musashi, one of the best dueling samurai in Samurai history, has to think […]

Homo Ludens (man at play)

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“Don’t be dead serious about your life; your life is just play.” Sadhguru “Life is essentially Play ” – Philosopher Alan Watts “The whole point was to dance, while the music was being played. ” – Alan Watts Martin Wheeler Systema I have a background in Russian Systema in the Vasiliev school of teaching. One of the main things that drew me to it was the play and fun element. Here Martin Wheeler shows instinctual […]

Hard styles vs Soft Styles

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In Chinese Kung fu there is an understanding of yin (soft/ feminine) and yang (hard/ masculine) martial arts Embodiment of Hard Monkey Kung Fu is what many would consider classic movie kung fu. It requires a lot of strength, body conditioning and is considered very yang or masculine style. The Embodiment of Soft Aikido was developed by Sensei Ueshiba after he spent many years doing a brutal, very hard, martial art style. This is a […]

Survival Martial Art – Strikes

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In survival art, boxing gloves don’t just protect your hands, they produce bad technique. Modern boxing technique was developed from European fencing styles. To learn real survival striking techniques you have to go back at least 100 years in Traditional Western Boxing schools, and thankfully we have the surviving Wing Chun techniques that also show the natural boxing stance: Compare Bare knuckle boxing poses with Wing chun pose Notice how the head is back, the […]