So in Direct Combatives, we try to learn from Russian Systema. Working on strengthening tendons (which protect your joints), while relaxing your muscles. A strong emphasis on proper posture and breathing helps make sure that you are not damaging yourself while working out. Our philosophy is to not idolize and worship the body. We understand that the body is our tool to do good deeds and to make the world a better place. To accomplish this to the best of my ability, I need to keep my body healthy.