PRINCIPLES

 

INSTRUCTOR PHILOSOPHIES BY M. RYABKO

[Also useful for students wishing to understand more about Systema from its Founder]

  • CORE PRINCIPLES

    Breathing, Movement, Relaxation, Structure

  • MOTTO

    Strength, Courage & Humility > “To Know Thyself”

  • KEY CONCEPTS OF SYSTEMA

    RELAXATION vs. Tension

     

    PRECISION vs. Speed

     

    FUNCTION vs. Strength

     

    INTERNAL vs. External

     

    SUBTLE vs. Gross

     

    CALMNESS vs. Aggression

     

    PROFESSIONAL vs. Emotional

     

    REALITY vs. Contriteness

     

    DEFEND & SURVIVE vs. Compete & Win

     

    SKILL vs. Rank

     

    BUILD vs. Destroy

     

    FLUIDITY vs. Rigidity

     

    COMPETENCE vs. False Confidence

     

    FREEDOM vs. Constraints

     

    FAITH vs. Fear

     

    HUMILITY vs. Pride

  • INDIVIDUALITY

    Learn by yourself the knowledge and skills {of Systema}, don't turn a person into {simply} an Instructor. An Instructor is a person who gives himself more & more to the training, becomes deeper into the topic, and is able to share it; and thus also learn himself.

  • KNOW THYSELF

    Being an Instructor is not a privilege, it's a choice. You shouldn't ignore the variety of Systema. Practice not only martial arts but also internal ones. In this case you, as well as people around you, will be able to feel and understand Systema as a whole entity. It will make any classes richer.

  • UNDERSTAND YOUR WEAKNESSES

    Try to feel your weaknesses. Generally, progress is blocked by one obstacle and working on it will give results. Look attentively at yourself. Every time become curious to evaluate yourself and your level of skills.

  • IGNORE NEGATIVITY

    Remember that the worst feedback will be the opinion of those people around you. The best way is not to pay attention to these silly distractions. Put away such doubts and check the quality of the knowledge & skills you have attained.

  • HUMILITY

    Useful knowledge and skills give real results; therefore work with the partner who resists. Look to whether your pride grows together with you. If the answer is yes, then in this case it will steal the depth of the knowledge and will make such progress dangerous for life.

  • HELP OTHERS NOT ONESELF

    Take pleasure from the training. But you should not teach, instead you should {simply} help. The instructor shouldn't teach someone for his own ego. If this seems strange to you, imagine a doctor who tries to cure everyone whom he meets’. Getting better in Systema, gives the same such opportunity to those people around you. Help those who are in need of it.

     

  • SENSITIVITY NOT STRATEGY

    Planning to train or instruct is harmful. The classes' one takes, should make sense simply by looking at those who come today to your classes - simply give to them what they need.

  • EMPATHY CREATES POSITIVITY

    Don't underline people's mistakes. Don't correct them. If you see that the person can work better, praise him and show what he is doing, is as good as possible.

     

  • PATIENCE YIELDS INTERNAL REWARD

    It is probable that there are those people who will share their joy and knowledge of Systema with newcomers. Give them such a chance, for from giving something away we get more in return ('joy & knowledge').

     

  • ACTIONS PROVE GREATER THAN WORDS

    Help by using less words. Good demonstration is worth much more than long explanations. "It's not possible to win the War with only words".

     

  • NURTURE

    Your group is your kindergarten. Take care of it, while it develops with God's blessing.

     

  • LEARN FROM THE SOURCE

    By yourself be near to the spring {of knowledge}. The more Systema becomes popular the more there is information about it from a different source; But {beware} there is a lack of quality. Take the information in, like the food we eat: quality and an understanding of origin is a guarantee to health and success. It's useful for the Instructor to be sure that he doesn't miss any important things. In all honesty, learning with a Master gives you more than many years of your own research.

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