Fortune Favors the Brave
Ask any entrepreneur, philanthropist, or savvy investor, and they will tell you that it was only through acts of boldness and with self-confidence that they became the success they are today. Anatoly Roksman is no exception to this rule.
What Is Life? Fight!
Anatoly Roksman was born in 1967 in Moscow in what was then known as the USSR. He grew up in a poor, but educated, Jewish family. His father was a gifted artist; mother worked in a bookstore; his brother died at a young age. Despite their meager income, Roksman did not feel poor.
At an early age, Roksman realized that the only way to succeed in life was to fight for it. He also soon learned that simply walking around shaking his fists, without any particular purpose, was not only ineffective but also not very exciting. So, he converted his love of fighting into an art form.
At the age of 8, Roksman began learning Judo at the local sports club, “Hammer and Sickle.” His coach was Boris Kornyushin who worked with him to hone his skills in this martial art, as well as in Sambo. This enabled Roksman to successfully compete in both Judo and Sambo matches. Over the course of ten years, Roksman garnered many victories in Judo and Sambo, emerging as the prize winner in many competitions. At the age of 16, he qualified to be “master” of the sport and at age 18 was fighting at the master level. In his free time, Anatoly Roksman took on the sport of boxing. In 1982, before he joined the army, Anatoly obtained his coaching certification.
Roksman’s expert fighting skills were not lost on the army recruiters, and they immediately tagged him to serve in the 7th Guards Airborne Division, where he enrolled in an elite reconnaissance training school, ultimately receiving the title of “Senior Intelligence Officer.” Here he found an environment well-suited to his fighting skills.
Shortly after arriving at his assignment, Roksman entered the Open Division Sambo Championships, where he took first place in every match. He won each match with determination and flawless Sambo techniques. After the Sambo competitions, the high officers noticed that he was a very professional and experienced Mixed Martial Arts fighter. The high officers felt that after Anatoly's outstanding individual performance, he was ready to start training for the Army Mixed Fight Championship.
After Roksman was recruited to the 7th Airborne Division, he was very successful in the boxing competitions and won many victories. At the same time while Roksman was boxing, he was also still competing in Sambo, winning all his matches. Anatoly Roksman established himself as a fighter with a powerful punch and exceptional wrestling techniques. He then began to train in the martial arts sport of Army Mixed Combat (ARB).
During his tenure in the army, Anatoly Roksman specialized in Army Mixed Fighting (ARB), improving his technique in close combat fighting, a skill much needed in the eventuality of a ground military operation. In 1986, Roksman earned the title of Champion of Airborne Forces of the USSR in Army Fighting, in the 85 kg weight category.
After an illustrious career in the army, including such distinctions as: Guard Excellence AS, Parachutist-Excellence, Specialist 1st Class, Warrior Athlete 1st Degree, and others, Roksman retired from military duty.
Roksman left his army career with dreams of immediate business success. But, his dream was soon met with a formidable challenge—the collapse of the Soviet Union, and all the political, economic and social turmoil that resulted. Roksman found that he had to build his business venture from the ground up, slowly laying down what would eventually become a very strong foundation for the future.
Ultimately, Anatoly Roksman succeeded in many business ventures around the world, but he never lost his love for sport. In addition to Judo and Sambo, Roksman added kickboxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to his arsenal of martial arts sports that he has studied and perfected.
Roksman’s appreciation of the martial arts extends beyond his personal enjoyment and satisfaction from successful competition. He sees these skills as valuable tools for self-defense and defending his family and home. On a deeper level, Roksman believes that the skills required to be successful in the martial arts build self-confidence, self-discipline and character improvement.
His future plans include opening a sports center where one can study the techniques of close combat and self-defense.
Roksman’s competitions were not confined to the physical sports. He also became quite proficient at chess, a game he began learning in his youth from his father.
Sports anchors Roksman's life and fills a prominent place in his daily routine. He exercises twice a days, including swimming, running, boxing and weight training.
With his limited free time, Roksman feeds his soul by collecting art and reading books.
A Call of the Heart
Despite Anatoly Roksman's many accomplishments, he has never forgotten his roots. He was one of the founders and served as Vice President of the World Congress of Russian-speaking Jews. Together with his colleagues, he has sponsored and organized many philanthropic projects. He is a regular and generous donor to Chabad because he believes in the principles of Zionism. When in Berlin, Roksman was one of the sponsors of the construction of a Jewish community center, which includes a synagogue, yeshiva, school, restaurant, and computer center.
Citizen of the World
Roksman’s main focus and occupation continues to be to advance in the world of business. For the past ten years, his main project, in collaboration with several business partners, has been RusMedia. RusMedia provides media services for Russian-speaking people in Germany. Roksman is also actively involved in other financial projects around the world.
Anatoly Roksman’s training and success in the martial arts and other competitive sports sealed within him the belief that there are no barriers to success. Language is not a barrier to his endeavors, as Roksman speaks fluently: Russian, German, English, Italian, and Hebrew.
In the future, Roksman hopes to study Japanese, travel the world, and of course, continue in his professional work, which for him is more of a happy devotion.
Roksman's life sounds like something out of a movie, yet, it is absolutely true and filled with many lessons that can benefit us all.
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