Thread: Ballistic Striking (systema)
11/10/2009 11:38am, #1
Ballistic Striking (systema)
I'm putting this in YMAS because I didn't do a full review. I am wondering if anyone else has watched this whole video?
In case you have no idea what I'm talking about it is the full version of this video:
YouTube- Val Riazanov and Systema Ballistic Striking
I downloaded it because I have no interest in paying for a striking DVD. However, I was very curious about what by all reports is a less crazy and well isolated systema video.
PROS: Everything he shows IMO is totally solid and if you do what he is doing in the video you will hit people really freaking hard.
CONS: Its over 2 hours long for maybe 20 minutes of content. Maybe its just my perspective but I care very little about this guys personal philosophy and his plans to sucker punch people while scratching his nose.
As far as demonstrated technique and content goes there are some excellent technical points about footwork that he glosses over. His angling off footwork is fantastic and I would have liked more attention drawn to that. Val obviously hits really freaking hard. From my perspective it is difficult for me to believe that the reason he hits hard is what he says in the video. I spent the entire time staring at his body mechanics and there is nothing really revolutionary there. He has a straw man style of dissing other striking especially Karate that I found disingenuous.
As an example he talks about being loose constantly and having relaxed shoulders and a completely relaxed arm except for the wrist. However, every time he hits He exhales really hard and tenses his body. In addition if you really look at his jaw you can see that he tightens up really hard on impact. Most runners will tell you about having a relaxed jaw and neck leads to a relaxed shoulder girdle. Let me be clear that I don't think this is wrong but I did feel it was different than what he was saying.
I really enjoyed watching this for one main reason. I feel like I had a "breakthrough" in understanding systema. I hope systema people can help me support or refute this. In my observation it appears that systema teaches a lot of the same concepts of other solid striking styles but they tend to introduce what other people consider "advanced" techniques on the first day. For example he demonstrates getting hit in the body and turning with it to reduce the impact then on that same turn hitting your opponent. This is the bread and butter of bare knuckle karate and something I instinctively do at this point but it wasn't something I was taught on the first day it was something I learning through a lot of painful sparring.
Thoughts from systema people or anyone else that has watched this whole video?
Last edited by WhiteShark; 11/10/2009 11:47am at .
11/10/2009 11:45am, #2
11/10/2009 11:49am, #3
I updated the first post with a sample video. Its Val Riazanov.
I also forgot to mention that I think I throw "Systema Kicks!" I throw super relaxed round kicks and according to most observers I kick really hard. Everything he said aligns with the way I kick. If I could punch like that I think I'd be getting somewhere.
11/10/2009 11:54am, #4
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11/10/2009 11:58am, #6
No not at all. I'm talking about a normal Muay Thai style round kick I just happen to fire my hip first and keep my leg very relaxed. If my hip was my shoulder and my leg was my arm I'd be doing a lot of what he says in this video.
11/10/2009 12:11pm, #7
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