Adding Depth

stepCreating width in martial arts is easy. By width I mean technique, movements, tricks, methods, as well as external factors such as belts, kyu rank, dan rank etc. Granted it takes a lot of work to do this, but such information is easily available to those who are willing to put in the time and the energy.

Adding depth is another story.

Depth is about taking the principles of Systema and applying them to your life. Making the changes as it relates to family or health, the same way you made changes to your knife work or kick defense.

One of my favorite aspects of the recent seminar by Manny Manolakasis was that there was as much an emphasis on depth as there was width. He did an exceptional job of applying the Systema lessons to all aspects of life.

One of the things that I have noticed over the years is that the great teachers do not separate their “training time” from their “life time.” In other words, regardless of if they are on the training floor or not, they are always doing Systema. Be it breathing to alleviate stress, moving with purpose, maintaining structure in a time of crisis or any other principle you can think of, the great teachers never shut it off.

Martial arts training truly is a 24 hour process.

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