Start this drill with your hands naturally at your sides and hit each other all over noting and sharing how each strike feels and moves you. Try with open hand, fist, elbow and so on. Next raise the arms from the elbows to the common ready stance people take and repeat the process noting changes in effect. Next change the footing and repeat and than sitting and on the ground. Finally do this as you walk and move differentry on the ground and you will learn how our frame and tension changes as we move mass from limb to limb and how to relax more so we are free to move better.
I have just returned from a seminar with both Vladimir Vasiliev and Mikhail Ryabko hosted in Bern. It was a wonderful event of meeting friends and making new ones from all over the place. We al learned a lot by talk and by movement. The spirit of the teachers stands above all with generosity and skill we can all feel fortunate to experience. The topics were health and natural movement, single and multiple attackers and mass work. Working with knives and of course all was covered in a way to open the eyes of the novice and to bring further understanding to the sligtly more experienced. I enjoyed many lessons from both teachers and one that I think is important to share is that the basic drills they give are complete and should be understood and not left after a while. The mastery comes from being good at the basics and this is a great lesson for life.
Again my thanks, Sharon Friedman Systema Israel.
some bodyguard work:
Walk with a person in school and better yet in the field or in the street and maintain a fixed distance from him as you go together and from time to time change the hour you are to him (in front 12, behind 6 to the right 3 and so on)
Walk with a person and keep people from reaching him and touching him without hitting or intimidation. Use simple body mivements and gestures and stay calm. redirect and stop only as the last resort. For example you can point somewhere which is natureal and by that form a block with your hand that is impolite to cross and if it is crossed you can act withing social acceptence to protect your mark.
Walk with a person and as the shot is fired (hand clap, shout, can dropped on the floor) you move him swiftly away and cover him.
Walk with a person and have him act histerical (shout, run away and so on. You cannot expect the mark to work well with you all the time) calm him down as you continue to move and look for changes and developements as you do this.
protect a door or a corridor from people passing through with the least amount of force, try to explain and maintain a calm body language and breathing. Remember to look for new things all the time
Walk or stand with a partner and have others try to come up and steal grab a bag or hat and so on. Protect the life or the mark and remember your priorities.
In all your drills and work remember the goal behind it. As you move together you have fun and relax and learn about yourself. You should have the notion of blending into the movement of another deep in your head and body and self mastery shall grow from there. Stay humble and honest so you are all here and not partly thinking of how great X is or how good you will be. The key is right in the breath you are taking right now.
Some more on group work:
Lie in a row so your bodies touch from foot to shoulder and have one person lie on his back accross you. You roll together to pass the person along the line without loosing him to the sides and continue till everyone does this.
form a line with hands across the shoulders and do these drills together without loosing contact or creating tension: sit up and stand up. Walk in circles and around threats (unstructor with whip) rolling forward and backwards. Sitting against a wall with no chair and getting up again. Walking with the same leg or opposite leg. Do the same drill with people opposign each other and in couples entangling elbows while bach to back.
Now form a line with people in the static push up and have each end crawl under the people as they use their fists elbows torso knees and feet to strike them till all the people have passed through. Than do this drill with the people climbing over the row of people in the static push up.
form a circle and go down to a push up with one arm on the ground and the other on your friends shoulder, go down and up together and smile. Now sit side by side and cross hands over shoulders and legs and do sit ups with a straight back and leg lifts overhead and don’t forget to smile. Now stand in a circle or in pairs and hold each others leg at hip level and squat together
A bit of team building: One person closes his eyes and his partner directs him toward a knife on the ground (or a bag it doesn’t matter) so he picks it up with his free hand (not his favored gun hand) and do this drill without decding on direction protocol in advance so you learn about the preconceptions of each other and learn to adapt and work together as a unit.