ALS Ice Bucket Challenge & Russian Warriors
You might have noticed that your entire Facebook news feed, YouTube, and every other website is full of videos of your mates.
There are random screams to be heard across neighbourhood gardens.
This isn’t a zombie invasion, or the Police running Crime Watch appeals – it’s the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
You pour a bucket of ice water over your noggin, then nominate more people to do the same, and then donate some of your dosh to the ALS charity.
Now, first off, the ALS can bugger off. You’ll see articles creeping in about how only 20% of donated money gets to ‘the cause’ and the rest pretty much goes on paying the wages of fat con men (aka Directors etc).
Luckily, many are already giving to the charity of THEIR choice – which can only be a good thing.
I’m not going to get into the whole issue of whether you need to throw a bucket of ice over yourself on video to be able to donate. There are a million charities out there, and many people who would do better to keep the money themselves. I don’t care who you give to or your reasons for giving. You’ll have to justify your choices to yourself, ultimately.
What most people don’t know is that dousing yourself in ice water isn’t a new thing to some of us martial artists!
In ‘Systema’ – The Russian System – it is an integral part of the whole Russian health system.
Renowned Master of the art, Vladimir Vasiliev, recommends tipping a bucket of ice water over yourself twice a day!
This builds character and willpower, and has many health benefits.
Some people are scared that this Ice Bucket Challenge stuff will give them a cold.
You can’t ‘catch a cold’ from being cold! It irritates me how this kind of wives tale still lives strong these days! FFS did none of you do science at school?
Anyway, in Systema, if you are ill, then rather than having a whine and chickening out, those crazy Ruskies will actually go stand outside and tip a bucket of water over themselves EVERY HOUR!
The theory here (aside from psychic/natural reasons) is that your core body temperature is raised momentarily as it fights the sudden icy drop in temperature. This will kill most bad things in your body, and have you back on your feet in no time.
I haven’t tried this myself, yet, but when you jump on the bandwagon and ‘brave’ a bit of cold water, you should maybe think about the practitioners of Systema who do this all the time.