Archive for August, 2010

Brisbane HKC Wrap Up

August 30, 2010
Brisbane HKC Group Photo

Brisbane HKC Group Photo

Congratulations to all the new HKCs in Australia!

With our second ever HKC having been held in Brisbane just over a week ago there are now nine new HKCs ready to go out and spread the Hardstyle word! Only five months ago we ran the first HKC in Melbourne – the first time that an official Dragon Door event had ever been run in Australia. We had twelve participants with six passing on the day and a further four passing over the following months after retests.

This time we had twenty one students with a total of seven passing on the day. The following day another two passed after addressing their issues.

While the days have both been successful and all the participants have had a great time I think it is important to note some things –

  1. This is an instructor level course. Unlike most things within the fitness industry this doesn’t mean you will pass just for paying your money and turning up. If you want to pass the course you need to make sure your are VERY proficient with the movements being tested already. We focus on Swing, Get Up and Goblet Squat. Your training leading up to the event should too.
  2. Out of the people who passed 100% had trained with an RKC prior to the course at both events. Of those who failed it was the opposite – 100% had trained without an RKC. I think those results speak for themselves. If you want to “join the club” it is best to seek out someone who already belongs to that club and understands what the entry requirements are. A quick five minutes on You Tube will show many variations of the Swing, yet we accept only one. Its probably a good idea if you at least know what that entails.
  3. The day is very physical. Out of the 8-9 hours of course time, roughly 80% of it is training. It might be deadlifts, it might be swings, it might be naked get ups, but you will be moving. If you are not able to perform at your best after 8-9 hours of activity then your preparation should be built up so that you can perform at your best at the end of the day because that is when we test technique.
  4. There is no doubt in my mind that any instructor who passes and attends a Dragon Door certification, be it HKC or RKC, will be miles ahead of their local competition. The strength of Pavel’s unique system is that while we use kettlebells, it has almost nothing to do with kettlebells. At this point you’re probably scratching your head and saying “But aren’t Dragon Door the gold standard for kettlebell trainers worldwide?” While that is true, what RKCs really are is movement coaches. We take people who can’t move well and by using various kettlebell drills teach them to reflexively do the actions they have forgotten how to do due to inactivity. When the vast majority of the people coming into gyms these days are so out of shape this is far more useful than it first appears. Most clients cannot hip hinge, yet it forms the basis for all movement. If you don’t have a tool box of drills to teach that person how to do it right then how will you get them to move correctly? The same goes for squatting. Most people cannot do it, so it is avoided. Yet it is an essential part of daily life so we need to be able to teach people how to do it safely. An HKC/ RKC will be able to do that. Can your current PT?

Our next event will be in Sydney in November led by the infamous Iron Tamer himself, David Whitley. For more information on how you can become part of the number one strength training group worldwide, dominate your market with kettlebells and help your clients achieve unbelievable results contact me.

Congratulations to the new HKCs:

Samuel Johnson, Piers Kwan, Sigrun Bishop, Tracy Cooper, Karen Young, Nicole Stuart, Alan Salvo, Edward Morrison, Matt Triffett.


Advanced Kettlebell Workshops, Brisbane, August 22

August 10, 2010

Senior RKC Shaun Cairns is one of the most respected kettlebell trainers in the world. Shaun is the grey man of the RKC world. While others spend a lot of time on the net espousing how good they are or talking about the things they’ve been up to, Shaun is at work training clients. One of the things that I get asked often by people here is how good is he? Well… This is a guy who managed to be the first to pass the Beast Tamer Challenge and did so with nothing more than a 32kg kettlebell to train with. On top of that he had never done a pistol before and being on his own in South Africa had to figure this out for himself. It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to training background but those two things alone stand him apart from a great many trainers who could maybe talk less and train more.

So to have him here in Australia again is a fantastic opportunity. Not only will he be running the second HKC in Brisbane he is also going to run two workshops the day after that are open to anybody. In these workshops he is going to teach the Clean and Press and Snatch.

Here’s the breakdown:

Clean and Press –

  • How to get the most out of your press – while putting the least amount of strain on your shoulders.
  • How to stop strength “leaking” from your knees and hips – and what the pros do to prevent that.
  • The key characteristics of a good press.
  • How to instantly increase your pressing strength using these Russian secrets.

The Snatch –

  • Learn the ins and outs of the Czar of kettlebell lifts.
  • Learn how not to bruise your arms while snatching.
  • The Snatch is a 3 stage rocket – unlock the secrets to finesse the stages to get more from your training.
  • See why the kettlebell rules for elite conditioning.

Both of the workouts will be run at KMTA on Sunday August 22. Clean and Press starts at 10am and runs till 12.30pm and costs $250. The Snatch workshop runs from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and costs $200.


Book now and save $75!

If you book now, before Monday 16 August you can do both for only $375! That’s a $75 saving to train for four hours with one of the best trainers in the world. In conjunction with the HKC these two workshops cover all the lifts necessary to go to the RKC. This is a great opportunity to learn from the best and cover all the basics properly. To book – call me on 0412 658 434. Bookings essential.

HKC Brisbane August 21, 2010

August 4, 2010

We’re getting into the final stages of preparation for the HKC to be held in Brisbane August 21. Hotels are booked, flights arranged and there’s only 16 more sleeps!

One of the things I get asked the most is how to best go about preparing for the HKC. Here’s a list:

  1. It’s a long day. Make sure you have enough food and water to fuel a whole day’s worth of training. You won’t be sitting still for much of the day.
  2. This leads to other issues – your conditioning needs to be good enough to withstand hours and hours of drills, many done from the bottom of the deadlift position. If your legs aren’t up to it because you haven’t done lots of volume leading up to it then you are going to suffer.
  3. Suffering through the day, surviving it, is nowhere near as much fun as being fully physically prepared and being able to take onboard the training tips from the day. It is, after all, a trainer’s certification. If all you do is stumble exhausted from one drill to the next you will miss all the great side information.
  4. The number one way to make sure you’re in shape? Swings. And lots of them. I don’t mean doing a couple of easy sets of 10 two-handed swings. I mean being able to knock out 50-100 at a time and not even worry about it.
  5. See, to make sure you have as much chance as possible to get your technique right, we will “punish”you with swings for everything we can think of. Its likely you’ll do 600-700 swings for the day as “punishment” on top of what you will do during the drills to build your form.
  6. It’s important to note that we don’t test your technique at the end of each section either. The technique test is at the end of the day. When you’re at your most tired and sore. If you can’t withstand the high volume of swings then its fairly likely that your technique will not be up to par when you are tested.
  7. In regards to the technique test, many make the mistake of thinking that because this is a one day event, as opposed to the three-day RKC, that the test will somehow be easier or softer. It isn’t. The standard is the same. The only real difference is that at RKC we would test with two snatch weight bells for the swing. At HKC you will be tested with either a 16kg for men, or a 12kg for ladies, and in the one arm swing. But what we are looking for in terms of body mechanics, posture and movement is exactly the same. So unlike most groups in the fitness industry you will only pass if you deserve it, not just because you paid some money and turned up for the event. Dragon Door take their certifications very seriously and for one am proud to be part of an organisation that has such high standards in a world filled with mediocrity or worse.
  8. If, for some reason you don’t pass on the day it’s not all over for you. You have a three-month window to improve the areas you’re lacking in and send in a video to the Senior RKC.
  9. Apart from the immediate benefits of undergoing a certification with the world leaders in kettlebell training there are a few more bonuses. For starters if you decide to go and undergo the full RKC, if you attend within twelve months you get a full rebate for your fee for the HKC. In essence, if you go to RKC and have attended the HKC you get a free day’s training with a Senior to check your form! In addition, you are able to buy kettlebells at 10% off their normal price once you have passed the HKC.

With only two weeks left until the big event, and with only 5 spots remaining, don’t delay and book now.

HKC Certification