The cultural and religious baggage within Asian cultures generally means that it takes decades to finally arrive at the ability that Systema teaches from the first day of training (and only then, if the practitioner of the Asian arts has found a competent Master). This signifies the ‘Socialist’ egalitarian nature of ‘Systema’ where there were no coloured belts representing a fascistic and hierarchical grading system – as is common within Japanese culture. In the original Soviet – (and now ‘Russian’) – martial system (Systema), the highest form of inner and outer awareness, body-alignment, organisation and movement, as well as advanced technical manifestation – is taught first without any hesitation, whilst an individual’s psychological and emotional (spiritual) understanding of what a practitioner is physically experiencing has to catch-up over the many years of training.
This is an area across the road from St Mary’s the Virgin Church in Beddington Park – formerly a Lord’s Estate (and independent village) now
This photograph was taken in the back-garden of my the old house of my parents – 29 Siddalls Gardens, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6DG – which
Dear Adrian What are the origins/lineage of Thai boxing? That was a strangely graceful and dignified spectacle. Dear Gillian The Thais are thought to have
A ‘thought’ in the mind is in fact the product of a sophisticated chain of chemical reactions experienced in the brain. The physical organ of
‘Neither the same nor different…’ Ven. Nyanaponika Thera: Abhidhamma Studies – Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time, Wisdom, (1998), Page 44 The religious experience should not remain the sole possession of