Startled, in pain and with eyes watering I stumbled back, recovered my balance and said the first thing that came to mind... "Yep, Sorry...My fault". At the end of class Vali and I were chatting during which he kindly explained to me that "Using a sudden burst of excess tension to accomplish a task could be just as bad as suddenly speeding up during the use of the slow training tool"
The next time I saw Vali after that trip was during his seminar in Auckland, New Zealand which was hosted by Loren Clements who teaches the Systema Auckland Club. During this 2 day outdoor seminar Vali taught us numerous lessons pertaining to Systema. But for me the one that really stood out was the importance of not only to"Know Yourself" but also to "Know For Yourself".
The following footage was taken of Vali in 2011 guest Instructing at Fight Club in Toronto.
Whenever I am asked about this gentleman I frequently respond with: "If you ever have the chance to train with this gentleman...Take it"
2002-Formed Comox Valley Systema
1999-Founded Pacific Coast Systema (now Roots Dojo)
1995-Started at Russian Martial Art HQ, Toronto
Vali is a Medical First Responder and a Firefighter with the Denman Island Volunteer Fire Department.
For more information visit: http://www.pacificcoastsystema.com/
Systema Sydney Russian Martial Art