|Sent on:||Friday, May 25, 2012 7:21 AM|
I would like to share with you my response to an email I received from someone who has never trained at self defense and is wondering what we do and how we train. Please take a moment to read it, and if you have been thinking about training, perhaps this will move you one step further along the path to a new beginning.
Dear ____ - thank you so much for your interest. We welcome anyone with an interest in being safe and healthy in their daily lives. No prior experience or training is necessary. All of our work is performed in a slow and controlled fashion, and safety in training is paramount. Systema, the Russian Martial Art which we practice, in unlike anything that I have done in my 46 years of training. All of what we do is dedicated to relearning and experiencing Natural Body Movement. If you take a look at the movement of Vladamir Vasiliev at you will get a sense of how we can learn to rediscover how our bodies move naturally if we Breathe, Move, Maintain Structure and Relax. Systema is based on those 4 principles. We do not practice repetitive techniques, or prearranged scenarios.During my years of training, I have had the great fortune of training with the best instructors and fellow students. I also have had occasion to be exposed to less than optimal and caring students and martial arts schools. I have never forgotten what it is like to be new at the practice of learning to defend oneself. And really, every day that I practice I am a newbie to all of the experiences and joy that come from training. I am always learning. Take a look at the Norcal Meetup website and visit the Systema HQ Russian Martial Art site as well. We are also in the process of putting up new video clips of training on the site and Youtube. I suggest that you stop by our Monday or Thursday meetings in San Mateo, just to say hello and see what we do. There are usually 3 - 4 of us. It's a small group and we are always happy to have someone new join us. I am always available at other times for someone like yourself who has a real desire to seek a practice that will provide them with the skills to be safe and healthy. Don't be too concerned about the "martial" aspect. Vlad, the Senior Instructor at Systema HQ says that, "Systema is a way to become healthy. It just happens to have martial applications." We always have a lot of fun! Please join us, or let me know when you are available. I would be most happy to show you how we train and what we do. Yours in humility & respect, Jerry