SFL Episode 58: Adrienne Harvey

This week, a spirited conversation with Adrienne Harvey - Systema student, fitness guru, and master trainer in Russian kettlebells, hardstyle kettlebells, and progressive calisthenics for strength and conditioning. Adrienne has been a serious student of strength and conditioning for many years, has a hefty online following, and regularly writes articles on fitness, nutrition, and conditioning for DragonDoor.com. She counts among her friends and mentors such legends of strength and conditioning like Dan John, Jon Bruney, Al and Danny Kavadlo.

Here we talk about:

  • how she discovered Systema (with the formidable Alex Popescu in Florida)

  • how Systema can enhance the practice of kettlebells and calisthenics - and vice versa

  • the value of breathing and efficiency in conditioning

  • how balancing tension and relaxation is essential to mastery of any physical pursuit

Follow Adrienne online at giryagirl.com, and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3CJwiCAu4aOI-0fHT7loQ

SFL Episode 57: On (Self) Defense

This week, another freeform conversation with health and wellness guru (and happy Systema advocate) Howard Jacobson. In this episode, we talk principles of defense.

Much has already been said about defense from a physical or legal standpoint. Rather than go over this ground, we look at the very idea of defense, asking questions like:

  • are self-defense and pacifism mutually exclusive?

  • "the best defense is a good offense" - True? False? Why?

  • how confidence in defense provides options beyond conflict

  • extending the concept of defense to diet, lifestyle, relationships

Find out more about Howie's healthy antics at www.wellstarthealth.com

SFL Episode 56: Nelson Wagner

Conversation with Nelson Wagner - physical educator, martial artist, and chief instructor at Systema Brazil. Having studied a wide range of martial styles - including kungfu, kendo, aikido and krav maga - Nelson was first exposed to Systema in 2003, and became an instructor at the 2008 Summit of Masters event. He now teaches defensive tactics to military, prison, and federal agent groups, along with regular classes at his school in São Paolo. Here, we discuss:

  • his first, friendly impressions of Systema and its masters

  • the universal applicability of Systema to life and relationships

  • instructor tendencies - both good and bad

  • the value of sitting back and letting students solve their own problems

  • similarities between Systema and gymnastic training

  • the necessary balance between stabilization and mobility

    Find out more about training with Nelson at http://www.artemarcialrussa.com.br