Mindful Energy, Connection, Flow and Systema – A Reflective View

We hold regular workshops focusing on the principles behind flowing, structured powerful movement. The principles are useful for any form of exercise or self development but are particularly relevant to the flow and power in Systema. We make a distinction between training (drilling), application and flow, with flow incorporating the principles from both the training … Continue reading Mindful Energy, Connection, Flow and Systema – A Reflective View

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Latest Testimonial from Sarah McCullum

I love it when people really ‘get’ moving energy. The joy of seeing someone’s self realisation is extremely rewarding.

This is an unedited testimonial from Sara McCallum, but with highlights from me.

“We’ve all heard about ‘energy’, that ethereal element that you can’t see but you know is there, and we know it’s there because we feel it. But, what I learnt today was that I’m feeling my body move, not necessarily feeling the ‘energy’ behind that movement. Julian’s passion for his craft, for this art of feeling and moving energy is evident and that’s exactly what this is, an art and one that takes time and practice to master. I’ve had but one lesson but it has been an exceptionally enlightening one. Julian’s teaching method is paced to the students knowledge and ability to not only understand but also to how they are able to feel the energy inside their bodies which ensures that it is neither too fast, where you are struggling to keep up nor too slow, losing interest. So, what did I learn and how is this going to benefit me? Firstly, if you decide to take one of Julian’s classes, and I do whole heartedly recommend that you do, forget all you think you know about energy and go with an open mind and a willingness to learn. It is only then that you will become fully aware of what you’re feeling. Secondly, relax and don’t worry if you can’t feel it straight away, Julian’s patience will enable you to reach the point of ‘feeling’ in time. And when you do, when you feel that ‘buzz’ as you become aware of the energy moving through you, it’s mind blowing. It cannot be quantified nor described well in words, it truly is only something you can ‘feel’ but I shall attempt to for the sake of the reader. In very simplistic terms, it felt like rivers of ‘heat’ flowing in lines throughout my body, from feet to head to arms and hands and through concentration I was able to direct these rivers to flow to which ever part of my body I wished. Now, I’ve made it sound simple and easy, it’s not and to be honest, at first you’re not even sure you’re feeling anything (perhaps that’s more to do with self doubt and confidence than anything else) but you quickly realise that suddenly your body feels ‘solid’ and there is a power inside you that you didn’t realise was there before. Along with this ‘solid’ feeling, my body suddenly felt ‘connected’, my torso to my limbs, my head to my body etc etc in ways I’ve never experienced before, like every part of me was understanding exactly how to move and where it needed to be in order for me to move effortlessly and fluidly, totally in sync.

So, would I recommend it? Absolutely and for several reasons. It instills a sense of empowerment, an inner strength not dependent on gender or size and with this comes confidence. But as well as this, it shows that our bodies are capable of so much more than what we are usually taught they can do in mainstream exercise classes. The knowledge that Julian so passionately imparts has the potential to enrich lives and improve the quality of health of every person who undertakes regular practice of the art, both mentally through relaxation to physically helping the practitioner to move better and to aid better sleep and I for one, am eager to continue to learn and improve. For me, as well as all I’ve said above, and I stress that this is a personal opinion, I can see the benefit of this skill should I choose to transfer what I’ve learnt to my training in systema, particularly with regard to strikes. When this power, this energy, is moved through the body and transferred into a strike, the difference is remarkable. Now, I’m not a strong woman and with that I mean, physically strong. I am slim built with a small frame and I am the epitome of the saying ‘hits like a girl’. However, by moving energy the way Julian taught me to, physical strength no longer becomes the point because you are no longer using this to strike but using energy instead and trust me, energy can out strike strength any time.

Many thanks to Julian for sharing his knowledge and skill with me.”


If you’d like a private lesson please do contact me julianj@threnergy.com . Upcoming workshops will be posted under the training and tuition section of www.mindfully-connected.com. If you register for emails of posts you will also get email updates on workshops.

F.F.S Wake Up!


Ok, this is going to be a bit brutal but here we go. I’ve seen far too many old friends, colleagues and relations suffer enormously from being unaware.

Unaware of Being Unaware

Worse still they were unaware that they were unaware.


Most of us seem to think that our bodies and minds are some how indestructible until we have the dreaded ‘wake-up call’. Even then some people carry on the same old way regardless. I have just been on my daily(ish) Mindful Walk taking pictures and enjoying the trees and fresh air.  I met this guy I’ve known for years – younger than me and obviously in a bad way – maybe even had a stroke – he hadn’t got a clue who I was!

Nervous Breakdowns

I’ve seen colleagues have (multiple) nervous breakdowns. One of them went to pay for his goods in Boots, opened his wallet and just stood there frozen until the cashier called for help.

I have a friend in his mid fifties – a great guy, intelligent and capable but can’t get a job – he’s stalled – he can’t shift his values from being an employee and just keeps on applying for jobs he’s never going to get.

One friend had undetected diabetes, had a stroke and very nearly paralysed himself for life.

If you are running fast and hard doing something you don’t really like for a reason you don’t really understand eating food that makes you feel bloated and unhealthy, drinking loads of alcohol to dull the pain and perhaps smoking to give you a nicotine (or other) buzz. Wake up!

Life is for living and enjoying (sensibly) not suffering or causing others unnecessary suffering.

I could go on a lot more – but I think you get the jist.

They Smelled the Roses

I also have friends and colleagues that have woken up and smelled the roses. One has given up a job he hated, and is teaching Moving Arts full time. I asked how he could afford to and his answer was a classic, “how can I afford not to!”.

I have a couple of friends that sold up and went to live in France – in a sensible way. Why? Because they realised that what they were doing was meaningless.

I decide to work for myself over 15 years ago to everybody’s chagrin – I didn’t fit into anybody’s ‘box’ of what I did for a living. I have a portfolio of companies I do work for and activities, I really enjoy, that I work on.  If I hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t be writing this now!

What Have You Really Messed Up In?

I used to interview and employ Project Managers for the businesses I worked for. One of my questions was, “what have you done really well?”. And another was, “what have you messed up in?”. If they said they hadn’t messed up, I wouldn’t employ them. They were either lying or going to have their first mess-up working for me!

So, in the same light, have you had your wake-up call and ignored it, or are you waiting for it?

Some people running their own businesses have as many, if not more, problems than those being employed – why? Because they are not doing what they really want to do or their expectations are not being met – they are out on a limb and they are unaware of why, and unaware of what to do.

You can avoid the wake-up call, you can change your path, be preemptive and work out what to do. But in order to do that – you’ll need to think clearly. Your situation is going to be different from others’ with many different factors at play. There is no magic bullet, but there is a way to start.

You need to become aware.

Whatever You Do Don’t Start From Here

One of my mentors used to make me laugh with his stock answer to clients that used to say it was too late to do anything. His catch phrase was, “do you mean – whatever you do don’t start from here?”

So how do you become aware? Mindfulness is a great route to awareness, particularly becoming Mindfully Connected.

Now Is A Good Time To Start

Michelle Galbraith and I will be undertaking some Mindfully Connected Awareness workshops shortly – let us know if you are interested and we’ll keep you posted.



Inspiration #2 – Sanmi Sangen, the Power of Three

Move like a beam of light; Fly like lightning, Strike like thunder, Whirl in circles around A stable center. Morihei Ueshiba – The Art of Peace Inspired In life you are either growing or shrinking, staying still is not a realistic option, and when you are inspired enough about your passion, you decide to do … Continue reading Inspiration #2 – Sanmi Sangen, the Power of Three

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