Laughter in Systema

Discussion in 'Western Martial Arts' started by kolya, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. kolya

    kolya Valued Member

    Hi Systema Experts :)

    An ex-colleague of mine practised systema for a number of years, and mentioned that laughter played an important part during training. I think he mentioned something like "laughter makes you relax, and puts you in a better state to learn something". Would any of you care to elaborate on this?

    I don't practise systema myself, and am just asking out of interest.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. RobP

    RobP Valued Member

    It's one aspect of the training method. It could be likened to learning through play and ties in with the improvisational aspect of much of the work as opposed to a technical approach.

    On another level it's about learning to be comfortable in your work, even in uncomfortable circumstances. It's a different emphasis perhaps from the "eating bitter" approach and something I touched upon in a recent blog about training routines

    It's also a part of training in different emotional states, be it anger, fear, joy and experimenting with each


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