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Aleksey Kadochnikov

(Taken from Matt Powell of PRAMEK.COM's translation of the Kadochnikov Manual)

The Kadochnikov family is of Ural lineage. The grandfather of Aleksey Alekseyevich Kadochnikov was a ship builder, an aircraft repairman, and as a soldier, a cavalier of St. George. Mr. Kadochnikov’s father graduated from flight school and served in the aviation corps where he met his future wife in Moscow. He then worked in subway construction and was a technical school student. His wife was from Odessa and soon after the marriage they moved there. Aleksey was born and lived in Odessa up to the beginning of World War II. During World War II, Mr. Kadochnikov’s father served in the air corps of the Soviet Army in the Kuban region.

As German troops approached the Kuban region, the families of soldiers were sent to the Saratov region. With the Germans in the Caucasus, Aleksey's mother tried to return with her child to Krasnodar, but was soon driven back out as the German’s approached, and subsequently left with other refugees. Mr. Kadochnikov remembers crossing the Kuban River under fire by the Germans, following narrow paths with the other refugees. They were placed in the house of Nikolai Ostrovsky with the military staff and from there the refugees were sent into Georgia to escape. It was along the way that the young child Aleksey proved excellent with a horse, which he rode, sharing the saddle often. jokes

The future of Aleksey as an unusual person was foretold one day while on the refugee trail. The Germans constantly bombed the refugees and death was everywhere in the eyes of the young Aleksey. But one day, while fleeing the bombardment, some of the refugees came upon a landing group of German soldiers. As confusion ensued, Aleksey’s horse began to run, trampling German soldiers in its way, with young Aleksey hanging on to the belly of the horse after nearly being thrown off trying to guide the horse. Aleksey remembers the bond with the horse and slept near it on many nights, curled up to its side ready to ride if an attack came. As luck goes with those caught in war, Aleksey repeatedly dodged death in a variety of circumstances as a young refugee.

When they finally settled into a home during the war, the house was also occupied by intelligence officers who were stationed in the area for training in sabotage and then for movement into the enemy's rear. Later, after returning home to Krasnodar, Aleksey began to study all that he had seen and his written notes taken while stationed as a refugee near the soldiers. He studied specialized literature about the military, began training in the hand to hand funny gifs combat that he had learned from his family and the soldiers, and mastered the art of boxing. At the end of the war, more trials lay ahead of the family.         

The father of Aleksey returned home from the war as a casualty and providing for the family was difficult. Young Aleksey, at times stricken with malaria, hunger, and anemia, never left his studies. His family, working for the civil corps, was transferred repeatedly and then on to Rybinsk, exposing Aleksey to more places from which to learn. A young Mr. Kadochnikov graduated from the secondary school in Stavropol, where he was a member of the aero and radio clubs. While he learned, he kept one goal in mind for the application of his studies: to become a professional serviceman. As a cadet in the famous Kharkov military aviation school, the natural gifts, enthusiasm, and diligence of Aleksey Kadochnikov were noticed. He was transferred to continue his military training at the special aviation school in Eyskyy. It was at Eyskyy where air aces, war veterans, and military heroes, men who had passed the crucible of war, were the instructors. He was taught various methods of hand-to-hand combat, among these were the trench fighting methods of Stalingrad, variants of family styles (old Russian martial arts) and the style of Spiridinov. As a young officer, Aleksey Kadochnikov became a pilot and mastered 18 additional specialties needed for the survival of a Russian soldier within a combat environment. Among these specialties were radio work, mine clearing, evasive driving, specialized shooting, topography, water piloting and boating, executive protection, and training in the Black Sea to become a combat swimmer. Upon the end of his studies and as a highly skilled soldier serving in specialized units, he mastered and improved, under very real conditions, the habits of combat he had learned in school. What appeared to be an excellent and promising military career in the closed and legendary Soviet military structure was cut short by a fate that would change his life.

Under the leadership of Chairman Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet military began a reduction in the size and nature of its force. In what appeared to be sound logic, the Soviet organizational model for military conventional and Special Forces were scrapped, and with a clean slate, a new model was derived. It was at this time that Mr. Kadochnikov decided to leave military service for the civilian field. He began studying at the Krasnodar Polytechnic Institute. Upon the completion of his studies, Mr. Kadochnikov began work at a scientific research institute. Ever the student, he then went to teach science and engineering in military schools, in particular the Krasnodar military high school named after General Shtmenko. The graduates, many of which are now Colonels and Generals, of this school serve in all branches of service. Many of them still keep in touch with Mr. Kadochnikov, to whom they owe great respect.

But it was Mr. Kadochnikov's acceptance of a position teaching mechanics at the Krasnodar Military Engineering School that the System would undergo drastic adaptations. He had been developing his own system of hand-to-hand combat fighting and survival ever since leaving the military in 1962.

It was with the study of NA Bernstein and other scientific works of the day that he had devised his own methods of hand-to-hand combat. Through natural talent, real life experience, and education in various fields, a basis was formed from which Mr. Kadochnikov would expound on his system of hand-to-hand combat, survival, and Russian combat skill as a whole. It would be on the foundation of his education in biomechanics, and the laws of physics and mechanics that he had created his System. Formulating and teaching his System since 1962, it was during this period at the Military Engineering School that his System would advance the most, and fully form into what is now the patented System and Style of A. A. Kadochnikov. Under his management in the school of cadets, the principles he had developed and taught were passed on in classes ranging from theoretical mechanics and physics, the strength of materials, to the study of machines. Since his students were learning to be engineers and his System was based upon sound mechanics, physics, and biomechanical principles, the students could better understand the System as a whole. He then began to not only teach theoretical education classes, but also combat fighting and survival classes. Along with his closest associates, he taught military survival based on his System and knowledge, and how to ambush, to camouflage, and related topics. Students began to understand they should not fight blindly, but use the knowledge they were gaining in school to fight an enemy…knowledge such as mathematics, mechanics, astronomy, physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, physics, and others. He then taught domestic combat skill based upon historical examples, set up realistic training, and transferred to these cadets the knowledge he himself had learned, tested, and produced. The school provided a testing ground for not only how to teach the system, but to test this system of fighting in laboratories under scientific conditions. Tests were run checking the efficiency of Kadochnikov System practitioners against those of other systems (e.g., karate, sambo, etc). Using these tests, the knowledge at hand and that of current combat experience, this System based upon scientific efficiency became a truly efficient, tested hand to hand combat and personal survival system.

But the system does not end at the Krasnodar Military Engineering School. Mr. Kadochnikov left the School to begin teaching his System to other areas of the government. Using the System, aircrews in civil aviation were trained not only how to prevent hijackings, but also to retake aircraft that had been hijacked. Subdivisions were trained in the neutralization of terrorists in different situations and places, such as in forms of transportation and buildings. Mr. Kadochnikov and his associates taught the System to special operations units before they were sent to Afghanistan, Chechnya, and other flash points, from which they returned to help adapt the System after applying it in combat. Organizations, such as the Center for Slavic funny pictures Mastership were developed to rediscover and preserve methods of Russian domestic combat skill lost over time. Scientific studies and works appeared by numerous students and researchers, and some student created their own schools. Some of these schools were specifically based in the Kadochnikov System, while others blended the Kadochnikov System with other styles and systems. Not only were the students of Mr. Kadochnikov going into the world prepared, but also through students' schools, thousands were being prepared for combat and survival through the Kadochnikov System. Mr. Kadochnikov taught across Russia, resulting in numerous government academies and schools teaching the Kadochnikov System or holding seminars where he and his associates taught. One example is the Federal Boundary Service, which since 1994 has taught the Kadochnikov System. Other special schools of the military also carry out specific training according to the Kadochnikov System. Textbooks were developed about the System and Mr. Kadochnikov also assisted in the development of the textbook “The Human Machine”.

Lecturing and teaching in schools across Russia and Eastern Europe, Mr. Kadochnikov has taught not only adults, but children, with whom he takes particular interest in their development and training. He attends children's military patriotic clubs and organizations, training adolescents in the combat heritage of their ancestors. Hundreds of students mail him yearly, thanking him and telling their own story of survival in combat due to his training, surviving a car wreck using his methods of relaxation and "screwing" their body into the minimum space of the car, or simply how they could have died from a fall but did not due to their training in his System. It is his work to help students realize their own objective abilities and the trinity of forces (spiritual, intellectual, physical) that has garnered him so much praise and support.

His work for the government and military have not gone unnoticed. Along side his war decorations he was awarded the ‘Order of Honor" in 1998. In 2002, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, declared and made special recognition of Aleksey Alekseyevich Kadochnikov’s model fulfillment of military duty and selfless service to the Fatherland. Mr. Kadochnikov also works as a high level advisor to the military of the Russian Federation.

In November of 2000, a particularly important event happened. After years of secrecy, the Russian hand-to-hand combat fighting style of Mr. Kadochnikov was patented by the Russian Federation. Patent number 2159580, the “Method of A. A. Kadochnikov for self-defense from attack" was awarded to Mr. Kadochnikov. Mr. Kadochnikov is an academician of the Academy of Natural Sciences and a full member of the Academy of Sciences, specializing in the department of combat skill. His contribution to the science of modern combat cannot be overlooked, and is not only valued, but also realized by his students. Students and brothers-in-arms realize his System and adherents carry out their life’s work in the idea of the System and its methods, and in appreciation of the patriarch of Russian style. With the love of his family, friends, and associates, he has been able to help countless others, and make the most of difficult times. He is a family man, husband to his best friend and assistant, his wife Ludmila. Father to his son, Arkadji, a young officer and specialist in the System, who carries on the System and family name. He is a also is a grandfather, to a young Aleksey, who is already training at a young age and will carry the family traditions and system beyond his father and grandfather. Mr. Kadochnikov still works and teaches throughout Russia.