Conversation with Charlotte-based Systema Instructor and bodyworker Roy Hatcher.
Roy began his martials arts career in the US Air Force, while stationed in Korea. Seeking a way to calm his fiery temperament, he studied traditional Korean sword styles - and later Aikido - for their peaceful, meditative aspects. Some years later, he was exposed to Systema through the formidable Martin Wheeler, and his concept of martial arts was forever altered.
Here, we discuss:
- how Systema helped him understand his aggression
- the origins of his considerable massage skill, and how it dovetailed with his Systema practice
- the value of developing touch, softwork, and working "with" your opponent