Systema strikes
by Arkadiy Stepankovskiy
SYSTEMA is one of the most simple to learn and employ Martial Arts in the world. And that what make it sophisticated. The fact that there are no
techniques and no differentiation between attack and defense make SYSTEMA easy to learn and employ. If you can learn how to be natural and
relaxed, you will be able to find movement that is right for you. It will be reaction that was inherited into your survival instincts by earliest generation.
As SYSTEMA itself, topic of strikes is very simple and complex issue. It is totally based on principles and your ability to feel yourself and your
There are two general ways how we punch: “slapping” and “pushing” motions. Think as an example of hitting with the stick or using whip. Learning
both of those motions is very important, although it is important as well to learn when to employ each.
Strike hard with soft, and soft with hard
For example, if you want to hit stomach (soft) use your fist (hard). However, in order to hit face (hard), it is safer to use your palms (soft). I am not
saying that going soft on soft, and hard on hard is wrong. It’s just takes more experience and training to make it work.
SYSTEMA is system of life. So, it should help you to survive, not to hurt you. Therefore learn how to hurt opponent, but not yourself. You must keep
your “form”- posture straight. It will make your breathing natural and body strong. During contact between your fist and person’s body you will
acquire inertial and powerful wave back to you. Stronger you hit your partner, more intense wave will hit back Therefore, by keeping your arm
completely straight, you take more chances to damage yourself.
In order to avoid these traumas, your arm during punch must be bent and relaxed in elbow and shoulder. Only part that you need to make “full”- to
tens up, should be your wrist and forearm. By doing so, you will make inertial power to escape through your elbow, without damaging your
shoulder. You must start motion of your strike from your arm, and not from legs or hips, like in boxing. The only one way to make it work is to relax
your shoulder and elbow. Legs and body start moving when your strike reached the intended target. Then your hips and legs will move towards the
direction of your punch.
Punch must not just hit surface or intended target, but go through opponent
. By going through you will be able not only to hurt body, but also aim into internal organs. Using these punches will let you move person and affect
his/here balance rather just surface muscles. It is very crucial to breath out during punch, keep your “form”, and stay relaxed during punching.
Surface of your fist or palm should have flat and comfortable contact with the target during your punch
Only then your strike will go through and have maximum and best affect on attacker. It also makes your strike less dangerous to your wrist that can
twist and collapse if it is not flat to surface.
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