Pavel was born in 1969 in Minsk, Belarus. He received a Degree in Physiology and Coaching from the Physical Culture Institute in Minsk.
He has been a physical trainer and drill instructor with the Spetsnaz, the Soviet special forces. However he is now a civilian trainer and consultant with the U.S. Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, nuclear-security units of the U.S. Department of Energy and elite units of U.S. Marshals and SWAT teams.