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Breathing is the core to everything we do. We can last 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water but only 3 minutes without air. We need to breathe to carry on living, yet breathing is far more than just taking in oxygen and getting rid...

To some Tai Chi and Yoga are world apart and they only see differences, whereas to me, whilst they are not the same, they have a lot of similarities. Both are movement based systems creating a union between the mind and body, using the breath as...

When learning a new skill it’s really tempting to rush to complete it and then when done move straight on to the next one in a conveyor belt like mindset saying – Been there, done that – next!!!! Or if you’ve had enough and feel tired...

When escaping from a lock or a hold the key thing is to feel the direction the movement being applied and initially go with it. This will create a little space to allow a redirection of the move and thus escape. If you try to...

What did you do? and How did you do that? are quite common questions when teaching how to escape locks and holds; and for the most part they are unanswerable because like most things in Systema it comes down to YOU and how YOU move,...

It’s amazing but after years or training I finally start to understand the concept of core strength. It’s not about how tight your abs are or about the 6 pack (which I never had anyway), it’s all about functional strength and maintaining posture. It helps...

Everyone moves, that statement is clear, but not everyone moves well! Just look at the different way people walk including their leg movements, their arms, how they hold their torso, the smoothness with which they go from one step to the next, how much they rise...