I received this testimonial from Susan, an attendee at last years Systema Camp in Wiltshire. It is a good indication of the benefits at any age and level of fitness or experience.
I have written this to to demonstrate how systema is becoming part of my daily life. It is getting me through times that would have challenged and stressed me before.
I had the honour to meet up with some systema practitioners last summer at the Systema Fundamentals camp in Wiltshire under your guidance Matt. I had no idea what to expect and was nervous as to what would face me. Would I survive?!
I loved the experience.
It was probably the first time that my mind and body was able to look past the daily worries and challenges of work and aging parents.
It was also the first time in a long time that I was pushed out of my comfort zone over my 56 years.
Since then I have enjoyed (and struggled with) your 28 day challenge and the online breathing video course.
Unexpectly I have found the new approach to movements, breathing and even something as simple as standing a huge benefit to my overall health.
I have been amazed at how elements of the camp your programmes have naturally become part of my daily routine. This has meant that even during the most demanding times, I am able to find calm, focus on my immediate surroundings and relax the mind.
You mentioned recently in an email Vladimir’s quote “stop feeling sorry for yourself” while performing strenuous exercise.
I realised that this ethos can be applied when I feel life in general is getting too demanding. Just that viewpoint grounds me. Without realising it I had adopted this quote.
I look forward with respect and anxiousness to returning to the camp this year!
Thank you for introducing me to a way of living that I am beginning to include in my daily life.
This years camp runs from 3-7 July 2019. The theme is Living Systema.
Among many other things we will be covering how to translate the exercises and drills into a way of living your life with more ease, calm and relaxation. We will then bring this state of body, mind and spirit to the application of Systema in self-defence.
It is a deep 5 day immersion into all aspects of Systema and ultimately a better understanding of yourself and how to live, move, breathe and respond in better ways.
The price goes up in less than two weeks. Here is the link to the page with more information.
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My best wishes for your training and health,