The Chain Always Hits Twice
by Adam & Brendon Zettler, instructors at Systema HQ Toronto
I would like to share with you my first experience of working with a chain and why it has become one of my favorite training tools.
One class years ago at Vlad’s school in Toronto, my brother Brendon picked up a chain before class and said "Adam, come here." So I walked over and he swung the chain at full speed. At that movement, fear came and my whole body tensed. The chain struck me in the arm and because I did not move, the second strike came to the middle of my back. It was a painful experience.
This painful experience made me realize that when I froze with fear, the chain hit me twice. From then on, we began to work with chain more and more. As chain is a flexible weapon, it whips around any tensions and teaches us to remove stiffness from our bodies and to move continuously. One of the greatest benefits of chain work is that it shows us where we are tense, the free end of the chain will accelerate and wrap around the tense area as soon as you stop moving.
Also, the pattern of the chain’s swing is not easily predictable and this helps to develop body softness, agility and awareness. With training, we learn to relax deeper and deeper. With deeper relaxation, we benefit tremendously and begin to work free against any kind of attack.
On March 27th - 29th, Adam and Brendon, the famous Systema twins, will be teaching a seminar in Marke-Kortrijk, Belgium hosted by Koen Vanderteene of Systema Belgium.
Adam and Brendon will cover real time contact, impact and control in self-defense for real situations.
A word from Vladimir Vasiliev:
The beauty of Systema is that it always presents questions and challenges. It is not limited by techniques. Instead, Systema contains a huge range in both its freedom of movement and freedom of thought. Thank God, there is always an abundance to study in Systema and to stay young and inspired by the learning process.
May 1st - 3rd, 2015
Hosted by Systema Atlantique
June 26th - 28th, 2015
Hosted by Russian Martial Art Washington