Martin Wheeler Really Knows How to Multi-Task

As you probably know, Systema highly values relaxation and offers a variety of drills that challenge the mind and body to calm down and work through tension.

Perhaps no one impresses quite like Martin Wheeler who has demonstrated multiple amusing feats of relaxation, such as removing a pretty form fitting t-shirt with just teeth, movement, and the floor in Vladimir VAsiliev’s “Clothing as a Weapon.” In this video, Martin Wheeler controls a knife attacker as he moves with hands gripped behind his back–as if that wasn’t enough, he also attempts to get his locked hands to the front of his body. See the video here.

That kind of relaxation doesn’t come cheap!

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Martin Wheeler will join us at Reliance Martial Arts October 24th and 25th for a two-day seminar on groundfighting and knifework.


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The best place to begin exploring movement and body mechanics is the ground. On the ground, your body is open to new possibilities and you will discover things about yourself that you were not aware of. With practice, what you learn on the ground will open up new possibilities in standing positions as well. There is a degree of flexibility and strength conditioning involved, but for the most part, you are expected to explore your personal range and movement. In this set you will learn the principles of ground movement, to relax underneath an opponent, methods to stay on top of an opponent, and moving with a partner. You will learn how to transition from ground to standing positions, to fall from Standing and sitting positions, to take down standing opponents from the floor, and how to deal with grabs, holds, and strikes from the ground. Continue reading