Living Systema Camp 2019

It is with great pleasure that I can let you know that the booking for this years Systema Camp in Wiltshire is now open.

Click the link to download the full Brochure and information pack:

Living Systema Camp Brochure

This year my aim is go deep inside Systema. The health aspects, the healing, the combat, the emotional management, dealing with people and situations.

In short how to better understand yourself, your environment and those around you. This is where Systema begins. You plant a seed inside and help it to flourish. This is the essence of the Systema approach to self defence, health and wellbeing.

You don’t learn it. You live it.

Who can attend?
The course is suitable for men and women of all ages and skill levels.

Over the five days we will take the time to work deeply with key concepts of Systema including:

  • Breath-work: for health, psychological state and self-defence.
  • Health: Understanding how to use the principles of Systema (breathing, movement, relaxation and posture) to improve overall health and feeling of wellbeing.
  • Movement: Learn and enhance your basic understanding of distance, timing and precision. Grappling & striking, on the ground, standing, multiple attackers & crowds with & without weapons, in open & close environments, by day & night.
  • Strikes: Working to find the relaxed heaviness that allows for free, fluid and deep strike work from any body part.
  • Tactics: How to use positioning, terrain and obstacles.
  • Awareness: The outdoors is the best place to open your senses and your awareness. You will learn tactics and techniques to improve your general and tactical level of awareness.

Living Systema. At the camp we are together 24-7. It is an ideal time to begin to understand and refine how we build the feeling of Systema into everyday life. For 5 days you will live, train and immerse yourself in a holistic approach to Systema and life.

Accommodation: Accommodation is camping. You can bring your own tent, or basha (tarp).

Cooking. All cooking is done over a camp fire. Hearty, wholesome and healthy. Vegan, Vegetarian and GF options are available.

Dates: This years camp will run for 5 days. Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 07th July.

Cost: The early bird cost is £399. This is inclusive of all food, accommodation and training. See below for payment options. The cost will increase and places will be limited so get in early.

Payment Options:

  • Paypal: Click here (£414 includes paypal fee)
  • Go Cardless: Click here (£399)

Cancellation Policy:
As soon as the payment has been received, the registration is considered valid and binding. An already received registration/payment can be cancelled in writing until June 20th 2019 (processing fee: £50). Cancellations after June 20th 2019, as well as participants who are absent from the camp, forfeit the entire amount of payment. There is no right to a refund of the seminar cost after this date, but another person can take your place.

Places will be limited.

Click the link to download the full Brochure and information pack:

Living Systema Camp Brochure

I look forward to welcoming you to another week of great training. Please email if you have   any questions: matt@matthill.co.uk

My very best wishes for your health and training,

Matt.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” –    Henry David Thoreau

Systema Breath Work Course now available!

Recently I told you about a new online video course that I have put together with an attached a clip.

I am very happy to now make the whole course available.

You can read more about it here.

Or go straight ahead and purchase it here for £9.99.

As a reminder:

It is a Systema Breathing Course designed for:

  • People wanting to deepen their understanding of Systema Health and Breath Work.
  • Instructors looking to add to their repertoire of teaching drills (there are over 2 hours of drills and exercises.).
  • People who spend a lot of time training on their own.

The course has information segments and exercises that you can study and do on your own or with a class or group.

There are over 2 hours of footage split into 36 handy video segments.

The course can be accessed from any laptop, PC or smart phone.

I hope that you enjoy it.

My very best wishes for your training and good health as always.

Matt.

Vladimir Vasiliev UK Seminar: How to get the best out of it – a key question answered.

Will the seminar be of value to you?

I have had several people email me to ask whether they will still get value out of the course if they come but can’t partake in all of the Vladimir Vasiliev seminar.

For some this has been because they are injured, for others it is because they are new and wonder if it will be too intense and for others it is because they are more interested in the health and wellbeing aspects of Systema.

I have thought carefully about my answer to each of them, because I don’t want them to come and then be disappointed. However, in each case my answer has been, ‘Yes, you should definitely come.’

There will be much of the seminar that almost anyone can do, regardless of confidence, skill or physical fitness level.

Additionally there is no problem at ANY time to stand aside and watch some or more of the drills.

IN FACT stepping out and watching from time to time can be seen as advisory.

This has been the thing that occurred to me as I thought about the answers. It is the key reason that I have advised all of the people who asked to come along.

When you watch the teacher (Vladimir) demonstrate and explain a skill, most people will then go and practice their own take on it. Some people will just go off and do something COMPLETELY different to what he has demonstrated. Anyone who has taught a group will have had the experience of witnessing this phenomena.

This is not always deliberate. We all have ‘built in’ filters and approximators that ‘delete’ and ‘distort’ much of the information that we are presented with to enable us to process it.

We then all jump straight in and start practicing, and often can’t see objectively whether or not we are really practicing what has been shown.

This is especially true during a long tiring day of practicing new skills and processing new or unfamiliar information.

With a small group, it is not so much of a problem, as the teacher can usually get around everyone during each drill and correct them. However, even this is not foolproof.

When you have a large seminar with a popular teacher, it is impossible for the teacher to see you during every drill.

Stepping out of the practice and watching from time to time allows you to have this objective viewpoint and calibrate yourself.

If anyone has any doubts as to whether they should do the seminar, for any of these reasons, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email and I will be happy to chat with you.

Bookings are now coming in so to make sure that you don’t miss out, you can book below.

Vladimir Vasiliev UK Seminar

I would love to welcome you to the seminar.

My very best wishes for your training and health as always,

Matt.

The (not so) surprising impact of fixing the things that you do everyday.

I received this email from a friend that I have known for a long time. He emails from time to time about the emails that I put out, and although he has never done Systema, he has done the 28 Day Challenge. Below he writes about the two key things that have stuck with him. They are not big things, but they are the things that you do everyday, and the things that you do most regularly are the things that define you, your health and your skills.

Matt,

I wanted to write to let you know how I have benefited from the Systema way of life.
The two key methods are walking and breathing.
Walking: I began to use the suggested method, of being straight and keeping good posture. Whilst initially, it seems unnatural, the benefits are really quite outstanding. No more the curved shoulders and slouch forward, but rather the straight spine, which has helped my lower back, a problem has been with me since I was 14 and cycling. The pain was nothing too great, but would be there if I walked like a ‘bag of potatoes’.
Secondly the Breathing method: I have found it excellent in high adrenaline rushes, a good example would be a near hit whilst driving. Following the correct breathing method brings you quickly back to a relaxed state. It also aids in physical exercise (don’t really need to tell you that), but, again, it is truly amazing the way in which you can return to a ‘normal’ level.
I don’t suffer from the health problems that many of your correspondents have had, but it just goes to show how effective the practices are even in small adjustments.
Regards,
John.

These things may seem trivial, mundane, but they aren’t. Just add up the amount of time that you spend on them. These things that you are doing all day every day. I would say these are the important things. Small adjustments here can have a huge magnification in your life, health and skills.

My book, ‘Living Systema‘ helps you to work on this element of your skill set.

My very best wishes for your health and training as always,

Matt.

Quite possibly the best way to start and end your day – Systema ground movement free video tutorial.

As a lifetime practice, I struggle to think of many things as beneficial to building and keeping a body that will serve you well into old age.

At the start and end of a Systema Class we will nearly always do some, ‘soft ground movement’.

At the start of the session this gently warms up the body, checks the muscles and joints for brittleness and tension, fixes injuries, and resets it from a day of poor posture, stress and tension.

At the end of the class it allows you to gently recover, check yourself for any sore spots, massage out any hits or tensions and psychologically collect and relax yourself.

I covered this on the recent strikes and massage course in Melksham. It seems very simple and structureless on the surface, but as is often the case with Systema, there is a lot going on beneath the surface.

Here is a 4 minute video that explains in a sequential manner the different levels of ground work and some key things to look for:

  • ‘Reaching’ into simple stretches to pull the ‘crinkles’ out of the body.
  • Rolling over the muscles using gravity and bodyweight to gently massage them.
  • Using random angles and directions in the stretches and movements to check the body.
  • Getting the feeling of Systema.
  • Gaining confidence in your movement.
  • Using movement to relax yourself inside and out.
  • Mixing in the pillars to check your strength to bodyweight ratio.
  • Going through the whole range from standing to lying and using the action of going to ground and vice versa to release tension.

Ground movement is a great place to start getting the, ‘feeling’ of Systema.

Finding the feeling of Systema will be the focus in the upcoming Intensive Seminar at the Academy in Melksham on the 21-25 November 2018

The seminar is half full, so to secure your space click here.

My very best wishes for your training and health as always,

Matt.