ICSA Summer Camp 2017-Day 1
The Russian martial arts employ a variety of soft, slow sparring drills.Â This Â â€œsoft workâ€ is intended to allow students the time to identify existing reflexes and to gradually improve their responses. Often termed â€œnatural movementâ€, naturalness does not simply refer to you doing whatever you want to.Â Rather it refers to the execution of biomechanically efficient movement which operates according to the optimalÂ function of the body. This begins with awareness. Next, it must include high, mindful, intentional repetitions to hone automatic, procedural skill. Finally, it must include
stress inoculation so that students increasingly replace fear with familiarity, better learn to identify the symptoms of the onset of fear responses and how to manage it, and finally, become versed at recovering from panic. The cultivation of this awareness must be done carefully. Too often, the cultivation of the attribute is mistaken for the combative application and the result is time wasted performing impossible defenses to ultra slow, unrealistic, Â zombie like attacks, which pollute the internet with embarrassing representations of the true system and give honest and sincere students a false sense of security. So, day one will highlight the most essential biomechanical drills in Systema, define clear slow work parameters, but continuously push the practitioner towards the harder end of the spectrum.