We were graced by a 5-day training continuum from the great Russia
master Mikhail Ryabko, starting last Thursday. I attended all
sessions taught by him, except possibly he will teach one last
session tonight at the school.
In this thread I can only touch on a few highlights regarding
energy work. As for the general martial arts work, it was far
too much and too deep for me to cover now, and I'm sure there
are many other tougher and more skilled students much better qualified
to treat those aspects.
If I may impose a tiny bit of personal analytic framework on
the huge load of teachings we got, I would say that MR broke down
the work into two very general processes of drill. (1) consists
of intensive breathing and other "solo" work on your own body/mind/psyche.
(2) consists of work in relation to others. I'll cover his teaching
on both aspects, below.
===== Solo Mode ======
The solo work is to built up your own energy and psyche. It seems
the the unifying or overarching principle here is simply that
the more discomfort you can learn to tolerate, the more you can
control yourself, and the more you can avoid feeling sorry for
yourself, the more energy and sensitivity you will obtain. Both
Vlad and MR said that the purpose of these (below) is not to build
muscles or stretch your tendons or whatever (but sure no harm
if you like that) but the purpose is to develop your mind and
spirt so you won't "feel sorry for yourself" and you will obtain
"control, control, control!". OK, In this solo area, we have exercises
and drills such as: (All breathing in everything written below
is done as ==> inhale through nose, exhale through mouth)
LYING DOWN (on back, arms relaxed at sides): simple in-pause-out;
in with right leg tensed/out right leg relaxed; 'left left; 'right
arm; 'left arm; 'pelvic area;'stomach';'chest;'back;'entire upper
half of body;'entire lower half of body;whole body in/tense-out/relax
start at feet for "wave"; whole body in/tense-out/relax start
at head for "wave";entire body in/tense-out/relax slowly;entire
body in/tense-out/relax quickly.
While still lying down, feel pulse in every small spot and major
area of your body. This was done with LONG pauses after inhale
and exhale. It is mainly during the long pause that you attempt
to feel your pulse in a given body area. Basically we worked from
head/neck/chest/heart/stomach/groin/ on downward.
After this intensive lying down work (must have been over 30
mins of only lying down work as above, (all inhale/exhale during
it all was at MR's commands (Douuu... Vriiii... ) - "if I'm not
talking, you aren't breathing"), we then sat up in seiza-like
kneeling position and MR had us stretch out our arms, rotate and
extend arms and hands and shoulders, trying to smooth out the
energy kind of like squeezing it everywhere in your body. If you
do as we did (above) you will feel tremendous rushes of hydraulic/electrical
type energy throughout your body after this drill work (at least
Then on to the "psychic calesthenics". First, since we had been
lying down anyway, leg raises. On back, arms at sides, lift your
left slowly, count of 40. At 20 your legs are vertical. SLLLOOOWWW
count MR gave us. At 40, legs all the way back touching floor
behind you. If tired during the raises, do "puff breathing" (a
quick in-out cycle). Once your feet are behind you, stop moving
legs. Now inhale-hold-exhale several times. Now inhale into chest
(hold,exhale). Now inhale into stomach (hold, exhale). Now inhale
into groin area (hold, exhale). Now slowly count while putting
legs back down. 20 is vertical again. 40 is flat on floor. SLOW,
if tired, do puff breathing.Then we did some 'fast' ones, just
inhale (feet all the way back); exhale (feet all the way down).
Now pushups in similar mode. Do 10 with inhale on down stroke,
exhale on push up. 10 with exhale on down stroke, inhale on push
up. inhale/hold - do 10. exhale/hold - do 10. Also, slow as with
leg raises above.
Now situps in similar mode. Start lying flat down as above. Raise
yourself slowly on count using ONLY necessay muscles of mainly
the back to support yourself, you'll end up slightly curled like
a letter 'c'. Then back down.
Now squats. KEEP YOUR BACK AND FORM STRAIGHT. Do 10 with inhale,
10 with exhale, 10 with in-hold, 10 with out-hold as above. Then
some slow inchworm ones as with counted leg raises and counted
pushups described above.
Now jumping squat. jump all the way up clap hands, then quick
back to squat. We did 20 of these in a quick exhausting sequence
(actually more like thirty cause he made us redo many times when
we weren't clapping "as a unit"!)
Now walking in a circle. Start with one-step/one-breath (in or
out), then 2-steps per breath, etc. We did up to 6. Then, wind
back down, 5 steps per breath, 4,3,2, back to 1. Then do the same
with running instead of walking no matter how long you do this,
when you stop your breathing should be totally normal. This works
perfectly for me, even though I'm not a runner at all.
But my breath is completely normal after this no matter how long
or fast I run, as long as I'm following the breath patterns indicated.
One tip I got from Russia trip where we did this - there's NO
NEED to do gung-ho "arm pump" thing while you run! All us North
Americans (at least) seemed to be running with our arms crooked
and hunched, pumping furiously. In Russia, one of the senior students
saw me doing this and corrected me to run with arms hanging loosely
at sides, gently swing, relaxed. Gives much more energy for a
long run, of which we had several over there on & around the Spets
We also did circle rolling walk walk walk, when MR claps everybody
quick do a forward roll, quick back up keep walk walk walk - clap
- roll, get up, etc. Likewise for back roll.
======= Partner Mode ==========
We had an unbelievably cool class working on psy energy with
partners. This was really "beyond the physical"! It was a smallish
group, not the main seminar day(s). MR intro'd the session with
a profound talk about what it means to work with another person.
You have to get your mind in the right state, that you don't want
to hurt the partner at all, and you care about the partner, almost
like a parent towards a child. He used a great phrase he said
if you want to hurt the partner, or show off your skill or anything
proud like that then this is ruining the great gift of energy
and life "like throwing a spoonful of dirt into a barrel of honey"!
Cool huh ? Your mind should be calm and clear.
MR then demonstrated various ways of using psy energy to deal
with people or an attack. He showed there's a lot of variation
in how the energy is used, not just one effect. For example, when
the attacker rushed MR, MR could "drain away" the person's energy
into the ground, leaving attacker unable to continue.
Another "mode" or type is to "rebuff" the person's energy with
your own, creating an effect of the attacker feeling he is being
"bounced off" a large huge rubber ball, getting thrown back with
just as much energy as he (attacker) has put out himself. Another
mode is where MR just "turned into water or smoke" as the attacker
simply could not "find anybody there". Another mode is where MR
appeared to somehow mentally "take control" of the attacker's
brain-body connections and switch his nerve processing such that
the attacker would fall in a particular direction or in a particular
posture. (this was weird!) He showed many other distinct effect,
I guess to impress on us the variety of work required. I just
can't cover everything right here. OK, then he told us that he
not teaching for money, there is no personal element in this ability,
it comes from God, and with work all of us could approach it if
we have a good spirit and work hard. He said he was glad that
our little group there really wanted to learn and not just to
"see tricks". He said if we just wanted to see tricks he could
just put us all to sleep for three hours (the entire class) and
we'd wake up happy.
NOW HERE IS SOMETHING IMPORTANT - he then said that for rest
of the session (remaining two hours or so of actual practice)
we'd be trying the methods with our partner's and he said "OK
now work. I have switched you on." And he suddenly snapped his
fingers. Remember this part! Then he showed how to begin practice.
You work similar to Vlad's PE tape to start.
Work with partner stand quietly and nicely in front of each other,
P1 puts his hands just above P2's shoulders. P2 should be attentive
and sensitive, don't resist but don't fall if you don't feel anything.
YES! We felt VERY strong non-physical force current directing
us down in this work. It was SO obvious you'd just have to be
a complete fool to doubt the reality of this. Of course I've seen
this before and have tried it myself with friends. Yes sometimes
with friends on your own you can get an effect. But in this session
the force and consistency of it in the partner work went WAY beyondanything
I had ever experience practicing on my own. Way beyond. We tried
psy "pushing" from behind different angles, etc. and finally did
somewhat faster work countering an actuall normal/slow speed "attack"
with a real-time take-down, trying to "catch" the energy envelope
of the "attacker".
We finished with putting our partner to sleep with gentle energy
"pats" and strokes, like a parent putting kid to sleep. At the
end we asked MR "many of us have tried this before, with no success
or just weak effects. Why was the energy flow and power SO OBVIOUS
to all of us this time ??" MR said he had "switched us on" (remember
above?) and that he had been controlling us throughout the session,
so we got a different result from normal. He said it would still
take a lot of work and training for us to be able to do this for
ourselves, for real, but that if we work hard on all the drills
(see above) and keep a good mind of decency and non-harmfulness,
we can eventually succeed.
==== Blast Mode ! ======
The final way of getting energy that MR taught was getting hit
(by him). People lined up to get hit with fist (I did not do the
fist this time, but I've done that before, I know the score...
But see below for what I did this time!) While getting hit, the
idea is exhale with a kind of shallow or superficiall puff exhale,
just immediately prior to getting hit (not too early). Keep your
form. Don't feel sorry for yourself. Don't "let it in".
Another mode of getting hit was shown, MR hit people with a long
stick or staff. Not everybody did this. I did this out of curiosity.
He hits you in abdomen, legs, butt, back. It hurts like a @#$)(*%#)(*%!
I was surprised how much it hurt. Same principles as above for
taking it. In Russia he also does a Cossack whip for this training.
Anyway, whether stick or fist he senses exactly how much you can
take and puts your exactly on that line, not one inch above or
The energy part of this getting hit training is that afterwards
your entire body, especially abdomen and hands will be vibrating
wildly like a radioactive beehive for about 15 minutes or more.
Just an amazing unbelievable effect. Not everybody feels this
depends on how much prior energy training you have done.
Eta dastadichna for now. -Emery