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Brutally honest insights about Russian Combat Arts. And whatever else I feel is relevant to understanding systema, and Russians.
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Private training this weekend.

About agility, wholeness of movement, staying compact, keeping your limbs to yourself, form, attention, control and a bagful of other things.

Sabre here is used as a learning aid, not a weapon.

PS- this shows correct movement in some, but not all. For extra points, please comment whose movement you think looks clean?
61 years ago a young lieutenant got strapped to a huge tank of flammable liquid, believing in the words of the academics, who said- don’t worry Yuri, we calculated everything.

They were right, calculations were good, and the first human in space came back to earth safely.

Relevance for us:
Triumph of humanity, bravery, teamwork and love.

And stress management. What was this young man doing when the engines lit up, what was he saying, how was he breathing?

How would you deal with the threat of imminent death, where your chances of coming out alive were 50/50 at best?

There is an unverified rumour about Gagarin’s response to the question “what does it look like” referring to the view of Earth from orbit. Anyone know the alleged response? 😜
Happy Easter to the Orthodox! Christ is risen!

Whatever your faith, I hope you will feel the joy and sincerity in the below words.

Are there any who are devout lovers of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Are there any who are grateful servants? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord! Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages! If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their due reward; If any have come after the third hour, let him with gratitude join in the Feast! And he that arrived after the sixth hour, let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss. And if any delayed until the ninth hour, let him not hesitate; but let him come too. And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour, let him not be afraid by reason of his delay. For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first. He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, as well as to him that toiled from the first. To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows. He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor. The deed He honors and the intention He commends. Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord! First and last alike receive your reward; rich and poor, rejoice together! Sober and slothful, celebrate the day! You that have kept the fast, and you that have not, rejoice today for the Table is richly laden! Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one. Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith. Enjoy all the riches of His goodness! Let no one grieve at his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it. He destroyed Hell when He descended into it. He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh. Isaiah foretold this when he said, "You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below." Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with. It was in an uproar because it is mocked. It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed. It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated. It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive. Hell took a body, and discovered God. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see. O death, where is thy sting? O Hell, where is thy victory? Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated! Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down! Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is Risen, and life is liberated! Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen! The Easter sermon of John Chrysostom (circa 400 AD)
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This song is from the late 60s. Everyone from the former Soviet Union knows it.

It’s called “one victory”.
Song describes 10th parachute battalion going to battle in face of deadly fire.

“One victory for all, and we will pay any price for it”

Here it is, performed in many languages, yes, even English, Ukrainian and Polish.

Peace to all.
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Familiarisation with the knife, learning how to handle it, what it can do, how it’s balanced, is one of the three key parts of training. The other two are technical arsenal, and psychological preparation.

The trick in the video can only be performed if you have a proper moustache.
Thank you for remembering my birthday and for the messages, private and public.
I’m very grateful!
God bless you.
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It seems to me that there is a huge drive to scare and polarise the society…

I was going to say a few words about that, how the beauty of systema is that for a few hours each week we can become brothers and sisters, and help each other become better, regardless of our views, backgrounds...

But then I found this beautiful video.

No one can say it better.
Or worse.

Happy Monday to all.