You can also do this while driving, walking the dog and so on. Use the time you have to give yourself more freedom. If you learn and leave the lesson in class it is worthless. Let it lead you and help you in everyday life.
Always take note to how people perceive you in order to handle situations more clearly and avoid problems as much as possible and note that we are stating something with how we dress and carry ourselves. For example a person with a small suitcase boarding a plane is usually on a business trip or a short trip but not always and a woman with a diamond ring on her finger is more likely to be married or engaged.
Another drill of such nature is to finish a defense from attack with the same breath you started with. This will help a lot in simplifying things and avoiding unnecessary movement.
And relax the face.
Fore example if Johny places his hand on the back of my neck and pushes backwards, I take a step foreward and turn at the same time and lift my lebow to lever his elbow. If I turn in place he can kick or hit me to let me know I am a sitting or stading target and using him as a point of reference in space.
Next do the same drill only using both arms or anything you like as you walk and your partner is coming to lever you and you work on relaxing and first moving with his direction and rolling as you lever him. Consider this a drill in relaxation and humility and not as a mode of conduct. Sometimes it is better to fall or roll than to be stabbed in the back or in the leg. Your partner will make sure you are removing all of your body out of the way by finishing his movement to help you learn to be aware of all your parts.
Next use a knife to lever each other in a sitting position and you move with the direction of the blade to survive and use the natural movement of the body to hit and lever your partner. Use all of your limbs and body and work slowly so you can clean out habbits that come from a tensed reaction and not from your natural relaxed movement.
Next use a small stick or a rolled up paper to work against the lever of the knife your partner is working and remember to use both hands and to avoid getting fixated on the tool.
Next close your eyes and walk slowly in the space you are working in and have your partners push you in various places to help you relax and move naturally. Next you start to hit or lever as your body naturally finds a way out and than do a few of the basic four drills to clean out what mental tension came in during the work.
Remember the learning is meant to help you live well and survive in any situation. It is not the goal but a way to it.
Next simply do a few pushing drills such as:
using your fists to roll someone on the ground,
do push ups on each other,
place your fist and work on turning the person with the push while squatting,
Stand on one leg and work on pushing each other without tensing up and pushing with the ground,
walk up and down each other using first hands and than fists,
use your forearms to walk up and down each other on the ground,
squat in front of your partner and push his legs in different places first with your hands and than with your fists to first help him relax and than to lever him.
Stand up and use your feet and legs to push and lever each others legs,
Lie on the ground and roll on each other gently(without using your arms) to feel the tension and help it come out,
stand and push each other using your shoulders head, chest, hips behind thighs knees etcetera,
place your fist on each other and feel the breath and push on a specific breath phase,
stand or squat in a circle and push one person in the middle from one to another or all at once to help him relax and build himself each moment anew,
lie down and walk up and down each other without looking down to help each other relax.
Realize that in Systema we hit to relax the partner or whoever comes at us and to place him or her in himself which is doing good.
Later on you can use what is around you like a telephone book to create an obstacle or distraction and get more time for the draw or add more people and have all walking around and you have to choose your response when you recognize who and what is happening.
One of the most important things are to stay relaxed and avoid getting caught in one action and work desperately to complete it. Find variations to what you are doing (draw the blade in one hand and hold the person at bay with the other as you kick him or move behind a table and as you throw something on him with one hand you draw the knife) and remember to get to the result and leave the way to your intuition and what you can do at the moment.
After you have done this a few times with letting the knife touch and moving with it start moving when you start feeling uncomfortable or threatened. Don’t worry about looking cool, the cool kids don’t know they are cool 🙂
A preparation drill for this work is to tense up a body part and as it is tensed up you keep breathing and relaxing and moving the hips and shoulders seperatly. Don’t forget to also tense up one hip and relax and move the other and the same for the shoulder.
Relax, Breathe, move, Live.