Email: Socialist Martial Arts – ‘Systema’ (система)! (8.6.2022)

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.

The Great ‘Ginseng’ Heist! 

The etymology of the term ‘人蔘’ (Ren Shen) is interesting and complex and well worth exploring, as this is the term Westerners are routinely using when referring to ‘Ginseng’. The first ideogram ‘人’ (ren2) and refers to a ‘human-being’. This Ideogram is often associated with ‘們’ (men2) – meaning ‘us’ or ‘fellow people gathered behind the safety of a gate’ – and ‘閄‘ (huo4) – meaning a ‘door or gate in-front of a human-being’ or ‘a human-being protected by a structure or institution’, etc.

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