Self Defense Classes
Self defense classes held every week!
Systema Camp 2018 makes my fourth Systema camp. At the end of the last one in 2016 it was announced that the camp location we where using at the time was being sold and that a new location will be used in 2018. And just like in all the camps before, my plane arrived just after the buses left, which was no issue since I just road with the rest of the Dallas crew. Unlike the last three, we decided to not use tents this time, for they announced that this location had actual dorms instead of kids cabins. So we all decided to share one together. Even though each room was supposed to be labeled, it ended up being a free for all before we arrived and we ended up not in our assigned room, but a different one in the end with two other people. This ended up being a blessing for the two other guys we roomed with where great people, with one always running off to pick up alcohol for the after training parties.
A Trauma Kit is a vital item that everyone and anyone should not only own, but should always have within a reasonable distance. This is double for anyone who spends any time around firearms. There are many types of Trauma Kits, ranging from small and compact personal kits, all the way up to large kits designed to accommodate mass casualty situations. The types of kits I will be discussing here in this post will focus primarily around personal trauma kits. I will be discussing equipment, not so much on how to actually use it, we offer classes for that!
As you may have learned in your standard trauma course, there are three major sections that we want to focus on: Circulation, Breathing and Airway. We want to make sure we cover these sections because they will cover the majority of trauma based situations you may encounter. I personally recommend that everyone builds their first kit by hand, before you go out and buy any pre-made kits. That way you know exactly what is in your kit and what is not. From there you can compare that to pre-made kits so you can have a better understanding on if that pre-made kits cover all your needs, and if it is a good deal or not.
Just like in 2014, I shown up at Toronto international airport right as the camp buses were leaving, and just like in 2014 I thought well enough ahead to make travel arrangements with the camp. So for the ride up yo Systema Camp I basically had my own personal driver. On arrival Big Sergei was one of the first to greet everyone with a shot of vodka to get camp started right. Unlike in previous years, this year I brought my own personal tent instead of staying with a group. This made traveling a bit more cumbersome since I prefer to just bring everything as a carry on, but there was no way to make this tent fit in a over head bin. I quickly set up my site and met with everyone at the mess hall.
At the last two Systema camps, you not only had Vladimir Vasiliev teaching but Valentine Talanov and Konstantin Komarov. This allowed everyone to break up into groups based on their skill level and topic they which to train in, but also allowed instructors to have some free time instead of teaching for 13+ hours a day. But this year Vladimir was basically teaching everything himself. Other well established Systema instructors such as the Systema Twins (Brandon and Adam Zettler), Big Sergei, and few others where there to assist but it was mostly all Vlad.
We started off just after lunch in the big field with some warm up exercises: squats, push ups, sit ups, breathing and moving. I have always enjoyed these on long seminars. It gives you a chance to take in the scenery a bit and center yourself for the training ahead. From there we work on some basic movement work with some light striking, into take downs and grappling. Everyone was cheerful and friendly. We then spent some time in the lake, dinner, and then some light evening work. But the next day…