This past Thursday the class focused on strikes. Now, it may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am not in the habit of going around and hitting people. It was an interesting psychological block to work though, which I am now thinking is very important. If I need to hit someone, I have a lot less qualms now. Granted, I have made it 40 years without having to hit anyone, and here's hoping that continues. All the straight-wrist
Since I wanted to take my time with the reps, I chose a modest weight, the. The handle is thicker than the , so there's more to grasp, but the lighter weight allowed me to go super slow. I also wanted to get my heart rate up, so I added in some swings. Here's the simple workout I did, which could be easily scaled up or down, or done for a longer time as well.
Suddenly having access to a great outdoor training area has inspired me to step up my daily training and general activity level. Thankfully, by this age I've figured out that I can't go "all in" all the time. Recently, there's been a great series of articles by Dan John on DragonDoor.com and the first one (go read all five though) addresses the idea of consistency and continuity in training---and that most of our workouts should be on the medium-low level. This makes a lot of sense to me, especially now as I'm looking to add two days a week (hopefully schedule permits) of an 1.5 hour Systema class. When I took the trial class months ago (when I was considering moving to this area) I was impressed with the wonderful and mobility warm-up, and the fact that the training did get significantly strenuous (I judged this by my extreme need for dinner afterwards). Given that class is tonight, I didn't want to show up recovering from a crazy all out bashfest and not be able to keep up with my cool new friends.
I decided to use my they update this from time to time, so be sure to check here if you're preparing for an Certification!)Test weight for my weight class (women's open class 121-135lbs = ) (
A celebration of movement in Boston next weekend! No prerequisites required for either event, but do NOT hesitate on registration, limited-registration, small classes on purpose. and the Primal Move Fundamentals class oversold last time by one so we had to actually kickOUT so that there was room for everyone.
We're kicking off Saturday June 29th, 2013 from 9AM-12PM with a Systema Fundamentals class with Fred Mansfield, Jr.—an accomplished martial artist who has studied Systema with Vladimir Vasiliev and others since 2006. This 3 hour introductory seminar will focus on the basics of self defense and the core principles of Systema: breath, movement, relaxation, structure. Other topics covered will include striking, escape from grabs/holds, and moving in a frantic crowd.
On Sunday June 30th, 2013 I'm leading a 3 hour Primal Move Fundamentals class, which will give you a solid intro and understanding of the system and how to use it to enhance your workouts, sports performance, and life! Rumor has it that some leadership might be showing up to this class too. Bring your best questions as brains-to-be-picked will be close at hand. Register while you still can!