Archive for April, 2010

Red Dawn in Brisbane

April 27, 2010

If you swing kettlebells in Australia then you know that the first ever Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification has been run in Melbourne. You can see my write up of the event
and you can find participant praise here.

Get Up

Get Up

So what’s next for Hardtsyle Down Under?

I’m pleased to announce that we will now be running the second ever HKC in Australia in Brisbane. Dragon Door’s HKC (HardStyle Kettlebell Certified) Instructor Workshops- U.S. and Worlwide
Click here for Certification Course Information – Register now!

The Brisbane course will be held on August 21st at the Krav Maga Training Academy. Krav Maga has a strong association with the RKC and Dragon Door and it is only natural that this bond is continued here in Australia. With so many common elements between Pavel Tsatsouline’s world famous Hardtsyle system and the famous Israeli fighting art the two are a natural match.

Andrew Read RKC

Explaining the concepts of Hardstyle

Andrew Read RKC

Teaching body position for the Swing

In the lead up to this event I will be back in Brisbane to run some introduction workshops to teach people the basics of the Swing, Get Up and Goblet Squat – the three movements covered by the HKC. I have already been there once, just a few weeks ago, to start the first of these sessions. To be honest, it was the first time I had to ship large numbers of kettlebells interstate and then get myself there too. I was assisted greatly by Tim Uljarevic, the head instructor and owner of KMTA. Tim is one of only a handful of Elite instructors in Australia and was the youngest graded to that rank. The quality expected from the IKMF is obvious and Tim’s easy going yet business like manner made the trip easy and an absolute pleasure. Over the course of six hours I taught the basics of Swing, Get Up, Goblet Squat, Clean, Press and Snatch. I know there are groups out there that will do that in three hours or less but the RKC is concerned with perfection of movement just like martial artists are.

The next time I plan to come back there are plans to again teach the Swing, Get Up and Goblet Squat at a beginner level. BUT…

There are also plans to start running preparation classes for the HKC too. These cannot be underestimated. At the Melbourne HKC out of the six who passed five had trained with an RKC prior to the event. I know that one of the other six has now passed after spending a few hours one on one with an RKC too. So the message is clear – if you plan to attend the HKC, and you plan to pass, then you better make sure to attend these sessions. The next time i will be back in Brisbane to run the introduction seminar plus HKC preparation classes will be the 19th of June.

Andrew Read RKC

Teaching the bottom of the Swing

If you are keen to attend the HKC then act fast! If you book soon there is a $100 discount and you will be assured your spot. There were people who missed out in Melbourne because they waited too long to book. Don’t miss this opportunity again. I have been having talks with Fitness Australia regarding the accrediting of kettlebell courses. there are simply too many uneducated, fly by night operators out there offering poor instruction and little in the way of teaching skills. Fitness Australia is going to be changing everything soon. I can guarantee that the HKC will be among the first to be accredited as they recognise that Dragon Door are the world leaders in this field. So if you’re a PT who uses kettlebells don’t take chances with your insurance, don’t risk injuring your clients showing them poor form learnt from someone who watched a DVD, instead come to the HKC and watch your clients results go through the roof!

Dragon Door’s HKC (HardStyle Kettlebell Certified) Instructor Workshops- U.S. and Worlwide
Click here for Certification Course Information – Register now!


Brisbane Workshops

April 9, 2010

Hardstyle is coming to Brisbane!

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I was planning to come to Brisbane to run two Hardstyle workshops. Courtesy of the crazy folks at the Krav Maga Training Academy I’ll be running these workshops on April 17.

The first workshop will focus on the lifts for the HKC – Swing, Get Up and Goblet Squat. We’ve had a lot of questions asking if there is going to be another HKC this year and I can say that there is going to be two more. Brisbane will be the location of the next one so if you are keen to attend the HKC and live nearby you should make it a point to attend. At the Melbourne HKC 5 of the 6 people who passed had trained with an RKC to dial in their technique. I don’t know about you but when 85% of the people who pass a course have all received their training from a single source I’d take that fairly seriously. So now is your first chance to get the right instruction from the start and give you plenty of time to practice before the course gets run.

The timing of the day will be as follows –

9am – 12pm Basic Workshop featuring swing, get up and goblet squat. Cost is $200 pp.

1pm-4pm Clean, Press and Snatch workshop. But, you must have attended the first workshop to attend. Why? Because the swing is the centre of the clean and the snatch and until you have the swing dialled in there is no way you should be learning the other two lifts. Cost is also $200 pp.

Location will be at the Brisbane KMTA centre at 344 Queen st. Brisbane City.

Bookings are essential as kettlebells need to be shipped up in advance and we need to make sure there are enough for everyone. No confirmed booking, no entry on the day.

Kettlebells will also be sold at 10% off at the workshops. This is an awesome opportunity to pick up kettlebells without having to pay the shipping fees! Again, orders need to be confirmed prior to the date so bells can be shipped up to be picked up. But you’ll need to be quick because the bells need to be shipped before Saturday obviously.

For any enquiries email me at

Participant Praise for the First Ever Aussie HKC

April 4, 2010

Dragon Door’s HKC workshops are sweeping the world – the States, the UK, Germany, Korea, South Africa, Denmark and Australia to!

How good was the first ever Australian HKC?

Here’s participant praise from the first ever Dragon Door instructor certification held in Australia, March 2010

Bob Kane, Federal Police, Brisbane

Top notch training due to an excellent teaching system that pays attention to detail and has very knowledgeable instructors. I liked how each individual technique was broken down to enhance teaching and understanding. The level of instruction for the day was excellent with good knowledge and teaching styles and the instructors were all very approachable.

Shannon Scullin, Personal Trainer, Melbourne

If you thought you knew how to lift kettlebells you soon realised that you knew very little! Training a partner was a highlight of the course as it made you focus on explaining the drills the way you were taught and helps to pinpoint imbalances in other attendees and rectify them.

Tamara Burchall, Personal Trainer, Melbourne

All the instructors were great – very helpful. It was great to finally learn correct technique and how to break exercises down and teach them safely and effectively. The instructors were fantastic! Very thorough yet kept it interesting.

Ben Cook, Personal Trainer, Melbourne

Anyone who is thinking about learning how to use kettlebells needs to do this course. Do it! It was very technical and well taught while being fun at the same time. The HKC course gives you many tools for every possible problem you could face with a client. Teaching a partner was very helpful – it makes you focus on your own technique plus how to teach correctly.

Overall the course was far more professional and well taught then anything I have attended. They made sure you knew how to do everything and why.

Maurice Burrows, Fitness Enthusiast, Sydney

The HKC was an enlightening experience, although I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface! Shaun Cairns was a wealth of knowledge and made the entire course a highlight. The materials are head and shoulders above everything else. The course was well scoped and taught extremely well.

I wouldn’t change a thing.

Heath Bowman, Personal Trainer, Adelaide

I was impressed with the course was taught and run. The step by step teaching of each of the three drills was very effective. There was enough instruction given to allow you to practice each drill without overloading you with information while at the same time the instructors were able to convey the same message in different ways so that everyone was able to get it.

The trainers were all very knowledgeable and effective placing this course far above other kettlebell workshops I’ve attended. Its a shame this course is limited to a single day as we now know there is a lot of depth to “just” three exercises.

Matt van der Lugt, Fitness Enthusiast, Canberra

This course was an eye opener to hardstyle training. Very enjoyable with outstanding instruction. The atmosphere was great – Shaun was outstanding; humorous although always to the point. The instruction was very clear and all the exercises and remedial movements were very relevant.

The HKC is more in-depth and detailed in regard to technique than anything I’ve seen in my five decades of training.

Eric Eralp, Co-owner Kettlebell Athletica, Melbourne

The HKC was a great experience – very informative with great attention to detail. Today’s training was the highest quality in all aspects – easily superior to anything on offer elsewhere. The attention to detail and professionalism of the instructors made the course top quality.

Thanks heaps, keep up the good work.

Yaron Mehr, RKC hopeful, Melbourne

This course was an eye opener! Lots of information passed on with great, very knowledgeable instructors who were open and easy to approach. The course is as good as I’ve ever come across.

Being given the opportunity to teach a partner immediately after each drill reinforces that lesson and gives you immediate feedback on your efforts.

Albert Owens, Personal trainer, Melbourne

I can’t pick any one outstanding thing from the day – it was all great! So much information passed on, all well presented and explained.

I can’t wait till there’s a local RKC!

Tim Uljarevic, Krav Maga instructor, Owner of KMTA, Brisbane

The HKC was a great, short intense course with lots of very valuable information. I’d definitely recommend it for all seeking to professionally teach others how to use kettlebells.  I loved the complete breakdown of every technique which aided understanding as well as making everything easy to follow.

I really enjoyed it! I will certainly be putting my krav maga students through kettlebell exercises from now on!

Simon Andrewartha, Fitness enthusiast, Melbourne

Great attention to detail. I learnt more at this course than at any of the other kettlebell workshops I have attended.

The depth of detail on the swing and the explanation of the get up are the best I have seen . Learning how to teach the techniques, as well as being taught correctly in the first place, are strong points of the course.

The course is much more interesting, has much more technique and offers a great combination of strength, cardio and mobility than anything around.