Systema Manual by Konstantin Komarov

I am not the fastest reader of any book, but when one peaks my interest I like to savor it and spent a long time absorbing what it has to offer.SystemaManualBkCvr32183.indd That may be a dam good story, some intriguing historical facts or information related to a subject I am interested in. Like the “Let every breath” book by Vladimir Vasiliev & Scott Meredith, the Systema Manual authored by Major Konstantin Komarov had that hold upon me.
The main theme running throughout this book is the overwhelming openness and honesty presented by Konstantin Komarov. This takes the form of short stories from his life and used as examples to highlight situations with which the reader can empathies. It is often an overlooked fact that the teachers we thirst to train under were once students themselves. They struggled with the same problems we struggle with now, and in this book Konstantin doesn’t hold back in allowing us into the bad and the good moments of KK01his personal journey through Systema. This alone gives the reader hope that the hard work will indeed pay dividends, something many of us struggle with constantly.
The manual lays a pathway for the student and instructor alike to use as a blue print for their own journey. Nothing is ridged between the covers everything is there to be used in any formation the reader wishes. However the strep by strep advice leads the reader to answers which will enable them to achieve their goals. Then when the inevitable blockages appear in training the blue print directs one to the answer needed to aid in moving beyond the blockage.
The lesson plans give a breakdown on how to structure a class or solo work, giving the best to each facet of a session or concentrated work on one particular aspect. Consisting of eight basic components studying the makeup of working on specific Systema fundamentals, each one ending by the Recommendation of time slots as a guide to how long one could spend on that study.
At no point is this manual or the author giving the impression that there is an “easy way” to reach Systema mastery, no in fact it highlights that the path chosen is a hard one andKK05 will expose all the weakness and frailty within the body and the mind. My own personal favorite chapter out of a lot of favorites, is chapter two “Psychological Work”, the graph on page 139 and its explanation unlocked a big understanding within myself and that of those I teach.
The manual delivers a circular study programming referring back to lessons already covered, but without repeating itself. In chapter three we are given a series of tables listing basic fundamentals, which lesson plans start forging them the, table suggesting duration for class work where fundamentals are focused upon, skills and ” checkpoint ” exercises which allows skill developmental observation.
Chapter four covers the body, building and strengthening. This is something that is almost considered a byproduct of Systema training. We all know the importance of correct breathing, but the exercise is generally looked upon as a vehicle for breath training rather than a body structure improving vehicle. Konstantin emphasis the same consideration to a healthy body as to correct breathing, make it part of your daily life, being much more efficient to maintain an already healthy body than to keep losing fitness to only struggle to regain it once again.
The final chapter is almost a fault guide for the Systema practitioner, here the problems of doubt and struggling are laid out before the reader, and I would be highly surprise if no KK04one can’t honestly feel empathy for these words. We are all in the end just biomechanical machines and as many of the machines we use every day they come with an owner or user guide, and in effect that is exactly what the Systema Manual is. I strongly recommend this to all, it is a priceless work of art to Systema.

About Andy Seatherton

Andy Seatherton has been practicing martial arts since 1972, when he began learning Judo in Exeter, Devon in the South West of England. Andy has been teaching Systema since 2012 having attended many Seminars with some of the world’s top Systema masters over the years, including Vladimir Vasiliev and Martin Wheeler. Andy is passionate about martial arts that are effective and practical, having previously studied Judo, Aikido, American Kenpo, Ju-Jitsu, Tang-so-do, European Boxing and Escrima.
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