ROSS Performance Enhancement System
ROSS Performance Enhancement System was formulated by SCOTT
SONNON, USA National Team Coach, International Champion, International
Hall of Fame inductee, Master of Sport, teamed with Nikolay Travkin,
AARMACS President and AAIRFRMA General Director, and Sgt. Shawn
Menard, Benjamin Brackbill, Scott Fabel and Lt. Michael Hults,
AARMACS National Cadre Instructors. The ROSS Performance
Enhancement System is a PROCESS of personal transformation through
The ROSS Performance Enhancement System evolved from the Russian
Martial Art R.O.S.S. - the Russian acronym for Rossijskaya Otechestvennaya
Sistema Samozashchity. In English language, this can be translated
as the "Russian Native System of Self-Defense". ROSS
was developed by Gen. Alexander Ivanovich Retuinskih, President
of the International and All-Russian Federation of Russian Martial
Art, Vice-Chairman of the International Combat Sambo ("Unarmed
Combat") Commission for FIAS (International Sambo Federation)
and Chairman of the Russian Combat Sambo Committee, Honored Coach
of Russia. ROSS is the training system of Russian Martial
Art researched and formulated by the RETAL Center and endorsed
and approved by the IRFRMA, which is sanctioned and authorized
by the National Olympic Committee of Russia as the sole official
representative of Russian Martial Art within Russia and worldwide.
At the present time in the RETAL Center, the training headquarters
of the Russian Federation of Russian Martial Art, a method of training
specialists is being developed and tested. The indicated
method is determined as "Know-How" (registered with the
State enterprise "Inform patent" Committee of the Russian
Federation by patent and trademark of April 4, 1995).
The application of the indicated methods allow for the sufficient
preparation of specialists or athletes for hand-to-hand combat
in a relatively short span of time, and also for the use of latent
reserves of the human being. ROSS is available for any age
and health for people under any condition considering the least
time and energy expenditure. Training is designed to imbed
neuromuscular memory and imprint psychophysiology with the basic
Survival preparation practiced exclusively by the trainers of the
elite combat subdivisions of the Russian Spetsnaz Special Operation
The training is designed to introduce a reeducation of biomechanical
awareness and bio-energetic potential critical for the neutralization
of even the highest intensity conflict of armed plural-assailant
engagements and the rejuvenation and regeneration of the physical
wellness and fortitude crucial to survival.
Development through ROSS occurs in 3 Phases:
1. Biomechanical - The mechanics of the living (Somatic)
body, especially of the forces exerted by muscles and gravity on
the skeletal structure.
2. Proprioceptive - The unconscious perception of movement and spatial
orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself.
3. Psychophysiological - The relationship between physiological processes
and thoughts, emotions, and behavior.
Each of these Phases as a Trinity of concentration. The
basic level - Biomechanical - involves the reintegration of Breathing,
Movement and Alignment.
The PROCESS of ROSS is a totally specific and utterly unique system
of Somatic Engineering. NO other system is like ROSS, which is
why it is trademarked protected.
Simply stated, ROSS can be understood this way:
Flow State refers to that Psychophysiological mode where the individual maximizes
their Optimal Performance (in any aspect of Physical Culture). The level of
integration of Biomechanical Efficiency ("Movement"), Structural
Alignment ("Structure"), and Respiratory ("Breathing")
Enhancement determines the individual's State. Fear-Reactivity DIS-integrates
Movement, Structure and Breathing.
"Fear-Reactivity" a term coined by Scott Sonnon in his research to
refer to those somatic ticks (in breathing, movement, or alignment) that have
been conditioned (trained) through fear, anxiety, trauma, (as well as anger,
sorrow, etc...) These are defensive mechanisms that involuntarily brace against
the perceived threat. After years of sustained bracing, these mechanisms become
embedded patterns of behavior, rooted into the individual's modus operandi. The
longer and stronger the disintegration, the more difficult and more arduous the
DECONDITIONING necessary at reclaiming optimal performance - or flow state.
Most people do not even realize the daily, micro-chronic disintegration of
Movement, Structure and Breathing, and as a result, they do not understand
why over time, as they age, their maximum net performance diminishes in potential.
This is NOT due to age, but due to lack of understanding the process of ROSS,
and due to lack of vigilance in Daily Personal Practice. One cannot compartmentalize
the efficiency and the integration of Movement, Structure and Breathing. One
cannot expect to maximize one's duration within flow state during an "intended" physical
event such as martial art, while neglecting efficiency and integration in every
other aspect and moment of one's life. That's oxymoronic. This is why ROSS
is a LIFESTYLE SYSTEM, rather than a mere combat style... for the latter is
incapable of truly helping the individual recapture and refine their true potential
as an individual.
ROSS systematically, through incremental development manicures a specific Training
Environment, to facilitate a specific Training Experience, to enable a specific
Training Content to be created BY THE INDIVIDUAL.
There are those that read this and inappropriately assume this means the individual
just chooses to "do anything." This couldn't be farther from the
truth. Each individual, over time, conditions/trains to have a specific pattern
of Fear-Reactivity. Most people believe that they are doing themselves some
justice by fortifying their reactivity. Most people do not even realize how
dangerously sapped their energy has become. Most people assume that as they
continue to age that the reason their maximal performance diminishes is because
they age, when it is THEIR SPECIFIC TRAINING HAS LED TO PERPETUAL CANNIBALIZATION
OF THEIR POTENTIAL . . . They condition themselves into strengthening their
Fear-Reactivity . . . and they do this every moment in their lives that they
experience any stressor, until... life itself, every moment, is an experience
Fear-Reactivity is not merely the cancer of performance, it is the cancer of
life itself. ROSS is the System of eradicating that cancer, and restoring one's
natural abundant health, and unlocking one's unlimited potential.
ROSS is the SYSTEM of returning authority to the individual through becoming
aware of one's unique pattern of Fear-Reactivity, and deconditioning that pattern.
The Process of Deconditioning Fear-Reactivity is a simultaneous Process of
Revealing Natural Talent. Through ROSS, one deconditions Fear-Reactivity and
as a result one's true, abundant natural prowess and innate genius manifests.
ROSS then continues to refine one's natural talents and cultivate one's personal
genius. (From www.amerross.com).