I Am Sorry You Stopped

To those who have come and gone, who started and stopped training, I really am sorry. You added to the group. You added to the school. You added to the art. Mostly, you added to yourself. You may not have realized it but you were a better person when you trained. You were happier. You…

Is Social Media Ruining Martial Arts?

“Systema is garbage. It doesn’t work and it is just this ________ martial art” If you have taught for longer than 2 weeks, you have undoubtedly come across these types of sophomoric, crass comments.¬† As I have said many times, with the advent of Anti-Social Media anyone and everyone is a critic. Credibility and experience…

Best Non-Martial Arts Books for Martial Artists

You undoubtedly have 3 copies of “Book of 5 Rings” and “Tao of Martial Arts.” It goes without saying, “Strikes” and “Let Every Breath” is on the bookshelf. ¬†These are the obvious ones for every Systema practitioner. Here are others, though not always directly related to Systema (or even martial arts), they can hugely impact…

The Most Tense Area and What to Do to Correct It

You will probably get it on the second try but not on the first one. Ready? What typically is the area that holds the most tension? Most people answer “neck or neck/shoulders.” Hard to argue with this one. If not this answer, then “back or low back” is the usual reply. They are certainly valid…