Wheeler Systema European Master Class Day 4

The fourth and last day of the 2016 Wheeler Martial Arts European Master Class commenced with tuition from Martin on how to help heal the psyche and relax the body through the finer points of walking massage. One of the main blockages to relaxing when being massaged is the pain, however Martin explained that pain of a massage is not the pain of an injury, and this should be realised by us all. Working on our partner’s body by walking the tension to the surface from deep within the muscle each individual again searched inside themselves for way to accept… Continue reading

Wheeler Systema European Master Class Day 3

Day Three of Wheeler Systema European Master Class saw the arrival of new students for the final days of tuition. We began by Martin explaining the biggest battle we have to fight is within ourselves, a statement we here many times in the world of Systema, but today Martin would help us to see into the abyss of panic which in turn would allow us to search out the feeling that triggers panic, begin to recognise it, gradually lower ourselves deeper and deeper into that abyss, thereby understand when panic begins to ensue and learn how to control it. This was… Continue reading

Wheeler Systema European Master Class Day 2

After a sound night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we gathered for Master Class day two. Martin began with telling us he wished to work on striking this session, but we were to begin with working with sticks. These would be initially use as a warm up method, two partners to one stick would attempt to twist the stick in different ways and directions trying to twist it simultaneously from each other’s grip whilst ensuring the shoulders are kept relaxed. This would be done whilst passing it around the body and whilst going to and from the floor. After this… Continue reading

Wheeler Systema European Master Class Day 1

Gathering at the Cardiff Martial Arts Center with friends old and new for the Martin Wheeler Master Class day one kicked off with Martin laying out the lessons we would cover in this four day course. Day one started with a warm up that lead onto us beginning with the study of body structure, looking at how we can move in response to our partners physical interaction. By moving in response to this physical input the aim was to achieve a fluid and relaxed transition from standing to a core exercises and back to standing, the emphasis was put on just… Continue reading

The Legends 2014 DAY TWO.

This post is about Day 2 of the Lengends of Systema Seminar in October 2014, held in Shropshire, England. Be sure to read the run down of Day 1 of the Systema Legends Seminar, before reading this post which continues on from the first day’s events, with masters Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev. After a good night’s sleep and an exceptional hearty breakfast, the class reassembled in Wenlock hall and warmed up in preparation for the day ahead. Mikhail led the class off again and asked everyone Continue reading

The Legends Seminar 2014 DAY ONE

The long awaited Legends seminar hosted by Jamie Robson and Matt Hill, kicked off on the 4th of October in Lillieshall, Shropshire, at the National Sports and Conference Centre. The instructors in residence were Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev. The subjects to be covered would be, unarmed combat against single and multiple opponents on day one and weapons against single and multiple opponents on day two. The first session began with Mikhial giving instruction to the nearly 200 strong class Continue reading