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External factors: the role of the environment

posted Oct 4, 2011, 4:26 AM by Bruno Kawasaki   [ updated Oct 13, 2011, 6:25 PM ]
by M. Banzé
Published on September 26, 2011

The practice of self-defense techniques usually take place in gyms and dojos, which make the training confortable and practical. However, we should be aware that agressions may happen near cars, chairs, doors and sharp or hard objects that are usually not found in the controled conditions of usual training.

In terms of adversities, what Systema offers to civilians is actually a small fraction of what can be experienced under military training.

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Through variation of external conditions - and not only attackers, attack techniques and weapons - the individual is getting used to a wider range of possible real situations. Therefore, when self-defense is needed, it is expected that he will recognize a similar past experience. Handling threats with lower levels of surprise, stress and anxiety allows one to act rationally and avoid overreaction. The flexibility and pragmatism of Systema underlie this philosophy of testing instead of presuming.

Training in the pub. Systema instructor: Guilherme Stamato