Rick Merrell Systema Seminar 6/27/2015
Let me first state that if you are ever unfortunate enough to be in a knife fight, expect to be cut. It’s going to happen.
That being said, this was an eye opener for me. I like the Systema philosophy that you need to flow with your opponent. For instance, in this seminar, Rick kept saying to feel the point of the knife, where it is pointing and move it that way.
You don’t move it by force or fight, but rather by flow. You disable the blade by getting the flat side engaged. It’s not easy, but it is doable. Its also contrary to the automatic fight or flight response.
The seminar was not about attacking someone or learning how to cut with a knife. It was about feeling the flow of energy in a very material and concrete way.
Oh man did I learn. Rick quickly disarmed me and used the knife against me. Even though I continued to fight, he had me spun around such that I was bending backwards while he was holding my chin and exacerbating the bend in my back.
I still fought. Rick responded by slamming my chest so that I fell to the ground with the wind knocked out of me.
It was not a hit he used either. It felt more like a concrete block hitting me. The energy came straight down and connected. Pretty cool.
I will be working out with Rick again. He has weekly Wednesday night classes in West Palm Beach.
Anyway, the underlying lesson, which runs through my whole martial arts experience and which I need to fully integrate into my being, is to flow with the energy of the attack.
I have to really learn how to feel it. Which means peeling away layers of the onion and reworking my automatic responses.
Systema has a more integrated way of doing this than other martial arts. So much so, that it appears completely free form to the outsider. But it is not.
It’s a System. And it works very well with my other martial arts training.