Problem I had with Rich was not his lack of credentials, but with his immaturity at Bullshido and his apparent inability to judge the validity of systema as shown in the video footage.
Originally Posted by Omega
Here's where I differ with you, while Rich's attacks were "sloppy," the mechanics utilized by Paul Genge were worse. Even if the students attacks were inept, that does not excuse Paul Genge from being just as bad. If anything, it should've been easier for officer Genge to deal with. Let's use a raquetball analogy, if I'm playing against an 'D' or beginner (I'm a 'B'), it's mere child's play to move with ease against the sloppy hits and returns from a beginner. The reverse is true as well, when I go against an 'A' player, their body movements are so crisp and smooth, they can tear me apart without breaking a sweat. The same truth applies to all endeavors including hand-2-hand combat. I can only conclude that Paul while he may have an inkling of instructor level knowledge within systema, by professional and instructor level standards, his understanding of body dynamics relatively poor and found wanting.
In the ‘youtube.com’ video he is shown doing several techniques with Paul Genge. His attacks are sloppy, predictable and look outright staged. One thing we should know from most ‘highlight videos’ is that they can lie and that we could pick apart a video all day.
Curious, how RobG is hell bent on meeting up with me or anybody else who has a problem with his mystical no-contact - wave his hand in front of your face and have you fall down a flight of stairs thing, but he just can’t seem to find the time to aid you with your research Omega. A lost opportunity to prove all you guys wrong.
On the other hand I offered to step up and analyze the Systema techniques as a professional fighter and instructor. I have experience in personal security, bar security, and a few street skirmishes here and there. Members HanktheTank, Kobayashi, and Csinca have offered their resources in finding truths in Systema training. I grouped together 4 instructors spanning several disciplines to dissect the techniques shown. The instructions to these experts were to make the techniques work, understand the techniques, and break down the exercises as best we could in the short amount of time. These instructors represent Jeet Kune Do, Silat, MMA, Aikijitsu, Kali, Wing Chun, Muay Thai, SAMBO, BJJ, Taekwondo, Kenjitsu and Kung-fu; two of the instructors have fought and taught people for dog brother gatherings. We asked for one systema instructor to come and show us what systema was all about but after initial contact the instructor never returned our follow up emails. No other instructor volunteered.
What have I been saying from day one folks? Hell, if you can’t bring yourself to agree with me then you can stand beside Omega and not feel guilty about it. Oh RobG, *smirking*
The simple truth, systema is bullshit. There is no other way around it
Can anybody say, Arkadiy Stepankovskiy?
the various exercises and drills they do are nothing but a waste of time. We found no value in what they were saying or attempting to teach. The knife fighting should be dubbed, ‘how to get stabbed a lot’ or ‘how not to defend yourself against a knife’.
They do? That’s a bit weird, I can’t imagine exposing my central core to an attack just so I can assault them with my chest. That’s really idiotic. Even Asia’s infamous shoulder thing is better than that.
On their own literature they state things such as:
‘Hitting somebody with your chest so hard that they fall over’ -very silly.
Here’s the problem Omega. It’s a lack of comprehension of body dynamics. For some strange reason, systema believes they can react like a wing chun dummy. You hit one arm of the dummy, it then rotates on it’s axis and swings the other one against you. There’s a bit of a problem with this, if an attacker hits another human being, you will move and become unbalanced, you’re not rooted to the floor like a wing chun dummy. Any individual that doesn’t believe this is possible. Have your buddy shove you moderately hard to the left or right side of your body as you see the systema retards doing in the footage and try to rotate and hit back. You’ll see it’s virtually impossible due to simple physics. Whenever someone directs force against you, it creates a somatic response and forces you in the vector in which you were struck. Simple right? Well, what happens when you are moved and displaced from the spot in which you were struck? It has created space and distance. Meaning ladies and gentlemen, that you are now less able to strike back with any appreciable degree of penetration because you are now further away. When you couple this fact with being unbalanced and moving back and away, you then have less structural ability to deliver anything that will amount to much. That’s just very basic common and tactical sense.
‘Transferring the impact of a blow right out of your body onto another person’ –main comment, who hits like that?
When I say common sense, it’s only because I’ve been doing this sort of training for a while now. If you aren’t aware of these sciences, then it’s going to be harder for you to dissect these glaring flaws I can so easily see with in systema.
That just sounds retarded, it’s not worth commenting upon.
‘Small, subtle hits so powerful that even the bystanders feel them’ –we never got this one to work
I believe systema nutcases need to pick up a medical textbook as I am unaware of any internal organ that isn’t covered by muscle tissue. That is simply an asinine belief.
‘Light punches that reach the internal organs, bypassing the muscles’ – it’s called a sucker punch.
A very limited comprehension regarding somatic response and CNS in general. Not surprising given systema’s lack of professional standards. What’s really frightening, is when they believe this works against blades and knives. A fellow systema retard pokes his buddy in the back with a knife and he slithers out of the way as he feels it poke him. Retardation personified.
‘Phenomenal use of breathing and psychology to dispel direct blows’ – kia!
‘Unbelievable strikes that remove stress, tension, fear, make people stronger and actually heal them!” – Re read this slowly it isn’t a typo.
Many cults are like that, if you’re not susceptible to systema brainwashing, the more you learn about their cultish behavior, the more unappealing it’s sure to become.
‘…the secrets of what makes them so devastating and simple to apply’ -we gave these techniques to advanced students. They had three days to figure them out. None of them did. So much for simple.
I would rather not go into all the techniques we went through. This is not to say none of it would work. The general consensus was why bother. All the instructors present pride themselves in gathering the most mundane of techniques, who knows how useful these techniques would be in the future, there was nothing of true value that we could find in the training methods. Now some of their strategies were interesting but what was more interesting was how Vladimir Vasiliev broke his own training theory such as relax the arms below the waist and brought them up in a guard position during the exercise. Again it may seem like I’m nit picking but I’m not. The more video we watched the worse it got.
However, just enough rubbish to warrant a, ‘Danger - Keep out’ or ‘Proceed at your own risk’ sign.
So is systema complete rubbish? No, it is not.
Crap, I laugh my head off just reading DdlR spewing the daily BS he’s shoveling down every idiot that he believes is convertible. Sadly, you’ve only made his job that much harder Omega. :lol:
Systema practitioners still train hard. They learn grappling they do spar. One of the instructors actually likes their shovel techniques. They do learn valid techniques that have actually been proven. None of these techniques that I have learned, have anything to do with the wavy, internal, breathing ***** we found on the videos. As I hinted at the beginning of my report sometimes the simplest answers tend to be the best. Most of those no touch knockdowns you have seen are actually just exercises in avoidance and movement. Most of those light touches where a person gets knocked off their feet is a student being sucker punched, or reacting according to a preconditioned response, like aikidoka getting airborne from a simple wrist lock.
I have sparred two systema practitioners in my life time. Both of whom hurt themselves sparring, and after watching these videos I now know why. While I developed a huge headache, one of my instructors rolled around laughing while my students stood around with gapping mouths.