We all know that breathing is our best tool to eliminate tension. We have done numerous great drills at Systema classes and seminars. Many of these exercises are outlined in the book Let Every Breath and DVD on Systema Breathing: http://www.russianmartialart.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=23&products_id=88
I would like to share a very useful drill with you. Mikhail Ryabko and I recently used this drill during our training sessions in Moscow.
You will enjoy it, as it gives you AN ACCELERATED WAY to clean out your tension.
- Begin by lying on your back relaxed, and exhale.
- Inhale smoothly and fully.
- Hold your breath on the full inhale as long as you possibly can.
- While you are holding the breath, relax each level of your body
- back of the head, neck, shoulders, solar plexus, abdominal area, hips, and legs.
Also, check through the areas of tension your may have in your body related to your previous injuries or diseases and try to relax them.
- When you can not hold your breath any longer, begin to do "Burst Breathing" (as described in detail in Let Every Breath on page 69) in a dynamic and intense way, gradually slowing down until you restore your breathing and heart rate down to the normal resting level. Your will know that your tension has reduced and you have restored yourself when you achieve a natural and free inhale and exhale.
- Take one full breath, and then exhale completely. Now hold your breath as long as you possibly can on the exhale. Repeat the same sequence of removing tension and Burst Breathing restoration.
This Break Through Tension drill allows you to achieve two results:
- find and work though your areas of tension
- learn to restore yourself from stress and sharp physical strain without any compromise of functioning
This drill is an excellent preparation tool for striking, wrestling and any physical activity that involves holding your breath.
A WORD OF CAUTION TO NEW PRACTITIONERS, this exercise may bring an unwanted result of over-exciting your nervous system. However, once you have practiced some fundamentals breathing drills (as described in detail in the Core Work chapters of Let Every Breath pages 59 through 84), you will be comfortable and safe with the above described breathing exercise.
About the Author:
Born in Russia, Vladimir received intense training from the top Special Operations Units instructors and is the top student of Mikhail Ryabko. Vladimir's work spans across 10 years of extensive service with the Special Operations Unit. He also served as trainer for elite units, SWAT teams, and bodyguards. Vladimir moved to Canada, and in 1993 founded the first school of Russian Martial Art outside Russia - Systema Headquarters. He has since personally trained and certified well over 300 qualified Russian Martial Art instructors and schools worldwide, and has provided an Award-Winning instructional film collection.
Thankyou for your guidance Vladimir,
Systema Sydney Russian Martial Art