Today's blog is written by one of our Tempsford guys Nick Stafford. Nick recently completed the Tough Mudder 12 mile obstacle race and after hearign him talk about it at the last session I asked him to write up his experiences. Over to Nick.....
I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Systema 2 years
ago. The drills, the exercise, the relaxation and the camaraderie had me hooked.
It took me a little while for me to realise that Ssystema was more than a
martial art and the penny continues to drop on a daily basis why Systema
practitioners train how they do.
many times throughout the course that my Systema drills came into play, sometime
instinctively at other times consciously. I am no Systema expert and have no
other martial art experience but in a relatively short time it has given me the
tools I needed in order to accomplish my challenge. It surprised me that when I
thought I could give up or go no further the things I have learnt from Systema
got me through on such a noticeable scale.
The biggest help was the
breathing. I focused on this for pretty much the whole course, especially the
burst breathing to aid recovery - but also the some of the other drills helped
me regulate my composure in time of panic and relaxed parts of my body when
tension was creeping in.
A lot of my movement was aided also instinctive
as I moved over and under obstacles through the swamps and due to the nature of
the course I fell over quite a few times, rolled nicely, unaffected and able to
continue without breaking my flow. I even used Systema massage techniques on my
team-mates when they went down with cramp!
So I am pleased to be studying
Systema under the instruction of Rob Poyton at the Cutting Edge group in
Tempsford. I know i have only scratched the surface of an endless learning curve
but can feel the benefit and the effect it has on my day to day living and on
any challenges i come up against in life whether physical or mental.
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Nick (first time blogger)