We started with some mobility and warm up exercises. Then moved to breathing exercises with pushups, squats, leg lifts in various modes and exercises to prepare the body for striking. We then explored the different 'weapons' available in the body (fingers, palms, back of the hand, forearms, biceps, elbows, shoulders, chest, head, waist, knees, feet, legs, etc) and how they can be used. We then did more mobility drills and 'manipulation' drills with the partner. Then we worked on 'escaping, breaking structure and controlling'. First when attacker and defender have no hands (tied behind back)... and so they must use whole body movement. Then attacker has one hand, then attacker had two hands, then defender had one hand and finally defender and attacker had two hands. In the meantime we got some 'hammer punches' and did several drills of application for all the 'weapons'. We finished up with some 'fear and breathing drills' on the ground and then with some deep tissue massage.
Tonight's work focused on releasing our friend from an attacker holding him up with a knife... by understanding the situation, the kind of angle with the knife, the way the attacker stands, spotting the tension points on the attacker, what is supporting him and what can break his structure. Then in one quick and precise movement we take action and allow our friend to 'escape' while controlling the attacker.
Please share your thoughts. What did you learn tonight? What was challenging? Etc...
Tonight we had a special guest from out of town, our Systema friend Bill Parravano. Thank you Bill for visiting us and sharing your knowledge! We started with a great warm up, first doing some breath work and then combining it with 'soft' and smooth movement on the ground.
We then went to the parking lot and started working in and around the cars:
-Familiarization with your vehicle: the different angles and how they can help you or limit you in different situations. Getting in and out of the various seats in one quick movement. Moving inside the car and using the seat belt. Getting out and taking low cover as quickly as possible. Opening the door and getting into the driver seat as quickly as possible (with high heart beat and then with vertigo...).
-Familiarization with the street asphalt. Soft and smooth movement on the ground. Rolls, up and down, movement.
-Knife/Gun defense situations in and around the car.
-"Help your friend escape drill" - how to remove the threat from your friend in one quick and precise movement (without getting him slashed or stabbed).
We finally ended up inside with a good 'walking massage' to relax the psyche (and the body).
So what did you like tonight and what were some of the things you learned?