Points to work on:
1. first move with the knife as a whole from the body , If you try to move the part touched you will be cut sooner than later.
2. Keep breathing and note where the breathing effects your form. If you are stabbed in the stomach avoid pressing the diaphragm down.
3. When you pinch and hold you become static and a statistic. Move and keep moving. Move and in more directions than one in each hand.
4. Keep your eyes relaxed to see the entire picture and walk so you naturally cover what is around you. This releases you in the mind and in the body from attachment to the partner.
5. Only lift the knife hand and anything else you move as much as needed. Get to where you want to go and sink in.
6. Sinking means you relax the elbow and let the knife move or the hand align and move according to the tension you feel and go into the open door rather than working hard to make one.
7. Once you have worked on this for a while, work as both are moving and remember to avoid contact if you feel uncomfortable and from the partner side to move the knife without the partner seeing it.
8. Move what is free to move. If you are stabbed from the side and attempt to move from the same side leg (ignoring the hip) you will tense that part and keep it in place more than if you move as a whole and relax.
9. NOTHING IS WRITTEN IN STONE. DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU IN THAT INSTANCE AND REMEMBER THAT IF IT WORKED ON HIM ONE TIME IT IS LIKELY TO FAIL IN THE NEXT TRY. HE KNOWS MORE NOW.
10 Avoid technique refining. every moment is different. See what you have and work with it.
Have fun and don’t bruise your friends face if he has a date tonight. 🙂
Take a key or a coin and hold it comfortably using the fingers closer to the thumb. Stand at a comfortable distance from your partner and move your hand outside of his line of sight and pinch the back of his neck or the lower part of his arm (just a suggestion) between the object and your thumb. Now you have to avoid stopping and gripping him because in this way you are simply anchoring yourself and stopping yourself so the pinch needs to be simply a part of the moving hand and you use it to guide and control your partner toward what is safer for you. Work on this from different positions such as when being chocked or from a seat of a car (keys are usually used in a car) and remember that the pinch is just a distraction and concentrating him at one point so the rest of him is free for you to control. Avoid focusing on your pinch and just keep moving and if this does not work try something else. As long as you are breathing there is hope.
Consider pinching without an object as well and remember it is just a tool.
Keep the movement to the minimum as you work and remember that each part of you can move separately.
(If it is a specific question just send it)
1 What is Systema for you? How would you explain the work to someone else?
2 Where can you feel the pulse in your body?
3 Check the major areas in your body and tense and relax them. Which parts also tense and relax in addition to what you want done and can you relax them once you are aware of them?
4 Stand on one leg and close your eyes. How long does it take for you to loose balance if you are doing simple movement like head turning, shoulders rotation and writing with your hands and leg in the air. How does it feel? Where do you tense up?
5 Take a tennis ball or something alike and roll it on the ground. Walk and squat and pick it up a few times without stopping the movement and note if your alignment is affected, Do you look down, Do you stop at any point and so on.
6 Place your hands behind your neck and with the breath sit down and get up a few times. Avoid using your knees to get up and write how you did this.
Repeat the drill lacing fingers behind your back and write if and how you tensed and changed the alignment of your back.
7 Lie on the ground and use both legs to draw your name in the air and do the same in reverse. Write how it felt and how did you move.
8 Take your ankles or feet in your hands and roll with the face toward the knees a few times and write where did the movement start and how did you roll.
9 Take your ankles or feet in your hands and bring your hands to the lower back forming a loop. Now roll side to side. Again, How did you move and breathe.
10 Start square breathing and rise in the count as you walk. What is the highest number you can reach and hold for at least ten minutes? How does it feel. Where does the tension lie ?
11 How did you feel when you where doing these drills. What did you focus on, Which parts of the work appeal to you? Which parts of the work where uncomfortable or meaningless?
12 What questions do you want answered using Systema?
13 (last questions) How do you use Systema in daily life?
A video will be welcome but not mandatory.
Another way to go about this is to move in a circle or around an object such as a house or tree while at all times facing the same direction. Next you walk this circle while all the time looking either in or out and avoiding the open legs, close legs work. Find a way to move naturally and remember you have two hips.
An example for this can be sitting on your drunk friends chest and trying to take away his car keys so he will be safe for the night. If he grabs your wrists in resistance simply let him push your wrists and extend his arms while you move your elbows forward and lever his extended elbows and than take away the keys.
Not everything in life is one sided.