The Survival Podcast will return to our regular broadcasts beginning tomorrow 5-12-10. I am in my last day today of the filming of Advanced Ballistic Striking with Val Riazanov. I have really missed doing the show for the past few days and there won’t be one today but I have to say training and working with Val has been worth it.
While I won’t have a show for you today I wanted to share something that will be in future shows with you that Val and I have been discussing during the last week. That being the psychology of confrontation.
Val of course hails from the former Soviet Union, well to be more precise The Ukraine making he and I brothers both as former soldiers (on opposing sides) and of a common national heritage. For those that are not aware my family came to the US right as the Communist Revolution began during WWI. During his youth Val was part of the Soviet Olympic Judo Squad and later joined the Russian Army, eventually becoming a trainer for both Russian Special Forces and the KGB in unarmed combat.
This gave him a unique view of the Russian mentality of combat from organized sports to actual real world combat. His view was summed up to me this week as follows,
“In the west they teach you to win, you train to win, you attempt to win a fight, a match a battle or a game. It doesn’t matter what you are doing you try to win. Hence when your life is on the line your mind is on winning. So you fight hard, you attack your attacker and you get very aggressive. We were trained to be aggressive as well but in a different way. Our primary focus was survival, in a match survive to the next round, in combat survive the bullets for another day, etc.
With this focus our minds were conditioned to always remain calm in an attack, relaxed as one can be, taking care to defend yourself and look for the opponents weakness. With patience the weakness always shows and by surviving you eventually are given the opportunity to win.”
Some of the most profound words I have ever heard! I will be discussing these and many other concepts I picked up from Val over this week when I return. Until then, keep on living that better life.