Discovering Your Own Path, Trusting the Journey

I once heard a story, although I am not sure where it came from, about a piano student who asked a master the likes of Beethoven or Mozart to teach him to write a symphony. The master began writing symphonies from an early age, but straight away he understood the student was not ready for symphonies. He gave his new student basic scales.

Frustrated, the student replied, “But sir, I want to learn to compose symphonies! You were composing symphonies from the time you were young.” To which the master replied, “Yes, but I never had to ask how.”

The master clearly displays signs of genius, but that does not undervalue the message:
“Masters don’t follow in the footsteps of great men, they seek mastery and find it through natural progression, creation, and imagination.”


Every person is unique, so they will learn and develop uniquely as well. The attempt to imitate another person 1 to 1 will ultimately fail. Your own self-discovery will open up new possibilities only you could find, you will take advantage of your talents, and reach your goal faster.

In Systema, you will learn to create. Would you rather a teacher gave you fish or taught you to fish? Would you rather learn a technique or learn to develop techniques out of the moment that could never be duplicated?


Every child must drink milk before they eat apples, but they do not need to ask when they may eat apples or how. From the time a child goes from milk to solids the mouth changes, eventually teeth develop, and by the time they eat apples they know they can.

A good teacher will point you in the right direction, that is all they need to do. There is no need to worry about how to take the next step forward, or any subsequent step. When you are ready for the next step, you will already know how to deal with it, and you will take it without a seconds thought. As long as you are constantly moving forward in the right direction, you will reach the end…mastery.

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