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.
I would love to welcome you to the seminar.
My very best wishes for your training and health as always,