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#413264 - 12/22/08 01:16 PM My training paid off
screamingflea Offline
Dont call me babe

Registered: 12/21/08
Posts: 49
Loc: USA
Hi,

This is my first post here. I'm a total novice to MA, having taken just a month of Systema. But I had an obnoxious situation the other night, and the more I think about it, the more pleased I am with how it turned out.

A couple weeks ago we did an exercise in class where the main point was that in a given situation you'll find an "empty space" you can turn to your advantage, either for escape or an opportunity to maneuver. At the time I thought it was a nice metaphor for life, and it is. But it worked very well for me the other night.

My neighbor came over, and I only realized after I'd let him in that he was completely sh1tfaced. Oops. He was a sappy sentimental drunk, and he started in with the "Oh, I'm so lonely, I really like you, did you do something with your hair? It looks nice. Won't you spend Christmas with me? Boo hoo hoo, I'm so lonely, and you're so pretty. Let's watch this movie I brought over. Boo hoo."



As this is going on, he's right in my face (and smelling like a barnyard.) I keep taking steps back, and he keeps stepping forward. I realize that as tiny as my apartment is, two more steps back would have me sitting down on the couch, which was not an option under the circumstances. I could have told him to back up, but he was too out of touch to have heard the message. So ... what did my teacher say that day? There was just enough space between him and the bookshelf for me to step *forward* past him and back toward the door. He followed me like the Pied Piper, and that was that.

(I still haven't seen him to tell him not to come back. He's probably still hung over 3 days later.)

I've been enjoying this class just for fun; it's been a pleasant surprise to put it to good use so quickly. I don't think I was in any physical danger here, and I could have gotten rid of him either way. But this made it so much more quick and efficient, with the added benefit of a little compassion by my not having to scream "Get OUT!!!" to someone who was clearly suffering.

I should have taken this class 30 years ago!
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#413265 - 12/22/08 02:00 PM Re: My training paid off [Re: screamingflea]
MattJ Offline
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Nice job! That is the highest use of martial arts.
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#413266 - 12/22/08 04:20 PM Re: My training paid off [Re: screamingflea]
Ames Offline
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Yep, that was a great use of your training, imo. Systema is great for that kind of thing.

--Chris
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#413267 - 12/23/08 11:38 AM Re: My training paid off [Re: Ames]
Ilove2Hit Offline
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Registered: 10/02/08
Posts: 264
Loc: Athens, Greece
buy a bigger apartement and stuff like that wont happen ^^

u should b able to take steps backwards FOREVER!!!
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#413268 - 12/24/08 09:52 PM Re: My training paid off [Re: Ilove2Hit]
screamingflea Offline
Dont call me babe

Registered: 12/21/08
Posts: 49
Loc: USA
Thanks guys. At class last night I brought it up and the teacher was pretty pleased. He said that Systema also has what he calls some "psychic moves" to defuse tension too, so I guess I'll have to bring my tarot cards next time.

I'm so new to this that I often get self-conscious about my clunky moves. It's encouraging to know I'm on the right track.

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#413269 - 12/25/08 04:33 PM Re: My training paid off [Re: screamingflea]
McSensei Offline
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Registered: 06/15/05
Posts: 1068
Loc: Kent, England
"psychic moves"

Oh dear!
I do hope your instructor meant to say "psychological," rather than "psychic."
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#413270 - 12/26/08 12:13 AM Re: My training paid off [Re: screamingflea]
screamingflea Offline
Dont call me babe

Registered: 12/21/08
Posts: 49
Loc: USA
I finally ran across him this morning. He looked so painfully chagrined that I didn't say anything to him about not coming back. At one point he fumbled something about "sorry it didn't work out."

A few days earlier he had given me a stack of DVDs and insisted that I keep them. This morning he said he'd come by for them, so I bagged them and left them by my door. The organic doorbell (known to mere mortals as "my dog") announced his arrival. He didn't knock. I watched out the window as he grabbed the bag and left.

Poor guy. I hate to be a hardass, but after a similar experience gone wrong a couple years ago I'm really wary. And when any kind of addiction is in the picture ... forget it. I wish him healing, but from a safe distance. He seemed so embarrassed that I doubt I'll see much of him anymore.

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#413271 - 12/26/08 09:37 AM Re: My training paid off [Re: screamingflea]
MattJ Offline
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Loc: York PA. USA
Psychic moves......uh oh.

Quote:

The organic doorbell




LOL. I have one of those, too.
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#413272 - 12/26/08 12:11 PM Re: My training paid off [Re: McSensei]
Ames Offline
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Quote:

I do hope your instructor meant to say "psychological," rather than "psychic."




I can't speak for her teacher in particular, but I know that when Vladimir uses the term "psychic", or is talking about "psychic work", he does mean "psychological". These days, he usually just says "psychological", because his English is improving.

So, no, it isn't about 'reading thoughts', more reading body language for cues, and reading intent, etc (which is a kind of mind reading, I suppose, but not in the usual 'psychic/ claravoyant sense).

--Chris
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#413273 - 12/27/08 04:39 PM Re: My training paid off [Re: MattJ]
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Registered: 12/09/04
Posts: 1246
Loc: Oxford, England
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The organic doorbell




Well if your guest eats enough beans...
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