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Articles by Konstantin Komarov

The articles presented here are for the education and enjoyment of the Systema community. The writers are solely responsible for the content and such content may not completely reflect the views of Russian Martial Art Systema by Vladimir Vasiliev. Any training conducted by you is at your sole risk.

- Major in the Special Service Police Force
- Russian Military Reconnaissance
- PhD in combat Psychology
- Professional Bodyguard for Moscow's Elite
- One of the master instructors at Systema Camp

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The Short Route of Knowing

by Konstantin Komarov Published: March 27, 2012

To me, the essence of Systema is learning to deal with any unfavorable environment, which means increasing the chances of survival. One cannot account for every possible negative scenario that we may encounter in life. Therefore, we cannot prepare for each possibility separately. Instead, we need to prepare for all at once. Thus in Systema, the specific techniques and methods of work are not as important as the changes occurring in the student’s body and psyche. My service in the army also taught me to overcome any negative impacts. […]

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by Konstantin Komarov Published: December 13, 2011

Life today is riddled with fear. We`re being scared by everyone. Turn on the TV and you are surrounded by horrors. Go online and  get a load of new nightmares. Visit your local bank or store and you hear the same topics on everyone’s lips: the financial crisis, rising crime, inflation, taxes, social instability, skyrocketing prices, high unemployment, etc. Even the most optimistic person would have difficulty remaining untouched by these seeds of unrest and worries which can’t help but taint our mood and create negative thoughts. […]

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The Bottom Line

by Konstantin Komarov Published: March 16, 2010

What is most important in any art? For an artist, musician, or poet, it's inspiration: the state of the soul, which can hardly be expressed in words. Yet, without it there is no art, only craft. So, what is the key to martial arts? Is it strength? Agility? Stamina? Perhaps, the knowledge of secret techniques? I do not think so. To illustrate it, let me share an observation. Quite recently, I was lucky enough to work with a team of personal bodyguards protecting a high-ranked official. These guys were creme-de-la-creme, "the elite". […]

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Defense and Survival In and Around Your Car

by Konstantin Komarov Published: December 27, 2007

We'd like to get you familiar with this most essential self defense topic, and here is the first preparation glimpse into this outstanding DVD. Professionals in this line of work know that dangers associated with a car can be divided into 3 categories. […]

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Car: Are You Ready for the Unexpected?

by Konstantin Komarov Published: November 27, 2007

From the very start of our study at the military school, as we were learning tactics, firearms, autos and armored vehicles, all of the trainees were made to pass certain tests. The tests had to do with all sorts of transport and combat vehicles. Some requirements were fairly simple and some more difficult. In any case, working with a new type of vehicle started from the basics: getting in and out of the vehicle individually or as part of a group.   We did it all year round, with weapons, fully equipped. […]

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