The following games are activities for children and parents that positively reinforce foundational Systema skills and personal safety.
Attention! Do not participate casually; breathe and maintain a good working state throughout. Remember that you are teaching by example.
Rolling on the Floor:: There is no need to teach a child to roll. Your child will follow you, imitate you, and do very well over time. This exercise teaches ground mobility with a splash of impact training.
Ring-Around-the-Rosie:: Great for young children. Play the song “Ring-Around-the-Rosie” over stereo and run, skip, or walk in large circles with your child. When the song plays the line “all fall down,” show your child how you fall onto the floor and get back up again. You may also listen to other children’s songs and periodically say “Fall!” and fall in place with your child. Instruct your child to try falling forward after a few rounds falling backward. If your child falls softly, tell him or her “nice fall!” This exercise teaches children to fall softly without tears or fear of falling (which generates the tension that causes harm in serious falls.) Children will fall; best teach them to fall well. Continue reading