I recently shared my thoughts about the healing power of Martial Arts on Facebook, and it seemed to resonate with a lot of people. I know that some of you are not on social media, so I thought that I would share this with you here too:
‘I took up Martial Arts because I wanted to be a great fighter. I soon realised that the world was full of them. Lots better suited than I. Over half a lifetime this has led me to Systema, and a slow and surprising realisation. That the greater power of martial arts is that they can also heal. Physically, emotionally and spiritually. I’d read about this but never really experienced it in the way I have in Systema.
Now my biggest pleasure in Martial Arts, the thing that gives me a great sense of purpose, is the people that come to me saying that Systema has healed them. Its given them confidence where they had none, it’s allowed them to move better than they have in decades, helped them through personal and psychological problems, it’s recovered them from injury and illness, and given them a community to be part of.
I still love the fighting, but the world probably doesn’t need more good fighters. I now get more from understanding how Systema has healed people and the world could surely do with a lot more of this.’
I hope, as always, that this email finds you well and wish you the very best for your training and health.
P.S. I will be opening the booking for the September seminar soon, (22-23 Sept). The topic will be Strikes and Massage. Two sides of the same coin.
My very best wishes for your training and health as always,