Wheeler Systema European Master Class Day 4

Systema South West Wheeler Systema Master Class D4 01

Walking massage

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 and connect with the discomfort, enabling the isolation of reactive tension and shifting it within our body to allow relaxation and calmness to take its place. After receiving the massage we then walked around feeling the weight of the body and how relaxed it felt, this feeling was to be internalised and remembered, as this is how we should aspire to feel when stressful situations ensue. Once everyone had received their massage we progressed to moving on the floor, following Martin’s lead we progressively move through more and more taxing work. All the time attempting to retain the feeling of relaxation attained after the massage. The class then worked individually in the training hall Systema south west Wheeler systema master class d4 02using the methods we had just practiced, following the directions indicated to us we moved as a group, but each only concerning themselves with their own work. The same exercise was continued, but with eyes closed. Keeping the eyes closed we then had to move on the floor to find as partner and work together, each rolling over the other still using the same methods. Again with the eyes closed we changed to another partner this time each attempting to complete a choke lock on the other. We now returned to partner work with one pushing the other whilst on the floor, the pushed partner would accept the direction given, but maneuver in such a way that they would end up on top. This process continued but this time the object was to place our partners into a neck crank. It was not take lightly and every one took great care to cause no injury. The class now worked on removing someone from the full mount position. Finding the connection with floating the hips, working this into the relation of the neck and spine position cleared up a lot of problems I personally had. Other methods of dismounting a partner were covered, using the hips on an ankle lock, placing systema south west wheeler systema master class d4 03tension against the ankle to cause a major reaction, simply rotating the hips to slip from underneath, applying grabs to clothing so the arm may assist, and strikes to our partner’s rear with the knees. We finished off with free work applying as much as we could with as many different partners as possible. The class ended on a super high note with everyone of the same opinion, we came, we grew, and we concord a little bit more of yourselves, thank you Martin and we’ll see you on the next one.

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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