Posts Tagged ‘555 Victoria Street Abbotsford’

Beginner Classes

January 18, 2011

Want to get into kettlebell training but don’t know where to start?

Own a few books and DVDs but aren’t sure you’re doing things right?

Been to a workshop run by another instructor and left feeling like something was missing?

I get emails like this every single day. Like most forms of resistance training, most people that I have seen do not have good mechanics and have no clear picture of what they are doing with kettlebells. I even get students of other instructors coming to me needing help because what they have been shown just isn’t right!

When you consider the speed and technical demands of kettlebell training it is no surprise that even some accredited instructors don’t do a very good job of teaching people how to use them. While a Book or DVD can get you close to good form, it can often be easy to overlook vital aspects of safety and performance as well as figure out ways to train to make progress.

In the past I have taught single day workshops in Melbourne covering as many as six lifts in a 4-6 hour format. The short version is that this is only about 50% successful in giving people a great take home set of skills to maximise their training without having to pay for ongoing training. So I’ve come up with what I feel is a better way –

Starting February 1 Dragon Door Australia will be offering month long Kettlebell Introduction classes. These sessions will run twice per week on Tuesday and Thursday at 6am and 6.30pm.

The greatest benefit of this is that you will get not one exposure to training with the best kettlebell coaches in the country, but eight. Each lesson will further reinforce the ones before it, while simultaneously teaching new skills on top of the ones already learnt. So you’ll get fitter while you gain knowledge! That’s just not possible in a single day workshop.

Normally, I would charge as much as $600 over 6 hours for the amount of information I am teaching, but for these classes the price will be a low $300! Saving you 50% as well as giving you two hours for nothing!

I am convinced that this is a better way to teach kettlebells to people and will give a better result in your own training. Here’s what we’re going to cover:

  • Learn the fundamental lifts of the world’s #1 strength and conditioning system.
  • Fine tune your technique while you receive exceptional hands on tuition.
  • Experience powerful instructor led workouts – a phenomenal way to experience the endless variations of well designed kettlebell training programs.
  • Develop a warrior-like resilience – to endure and overcome the toughest tasks.
  • Discover how to train without pain and neutralise the apparent deficiencies of a high mileage body.
  • Learn these two essential kettlebell exercises that will give you the most bang for your buck. Do you know what they are?
  • Strengthen your legs and hips.
  • Understand the crucial value of quick lifts and slow strength. When and how to use them for maximum effect.
  • How to bullet proof the shoulders and back for Special Ops endurance and strength.

I am convinced that this is the absolute best way to learn how to use kettlebells. In fact, I am so sure that I will offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied at the end of the month that you have learnt all the basic drills, greatly enhanced your own strength and fitness and can safely continue using kettlebells on your own.

Don’t delay – take this opportunity to learn from the best. Dragon Door Australia has the most experienced and highest ranked RKCs in the country. Email me at for more details.


Kettlebell Extravaganza!

January 4, 2011

Last year saw the first time ever that a Dragon Door ketttlebell certification was held in Australia. Now, with a growing army of expertly trained instructors, and having run three Hardstyle Kettlebell Certifications, each better than the one before, I am proud to announce what will be the best ever kettlebell event in the country.

Here’s what is going to happen:

On Friday March 18, Senior RKC Shaun Cairns and I will be running 90 minute FMS/ PT sessions. There will only be a very few of these available – 5 at most. We did the same thing in Sydney for Master RKC Dave Whitley and they sold out in a day. Every single person who attended those sessions raved about them and how good they were and many people expressed interest in attending future sessions so we’re doing them again! These sessions are being run by the top two kettlebell trainers in the Southern Hemisphere! Shaun is the only Senior RKC and I’m the only RKCII/ CK FMS! With the FMS component being done by the top trainer in Australia, and the PT session being run by one of Pavel’s elite Senior Instructors, and the only Senior in this half of the world, you are going to have the best 90 minutes of training you’ve ever had! With the first 30 minutes being used to pinpoint and fix your weaknesses, you’ll feel the best you ever have as you begin your training session with Shaun where he’ll go to work on whatever you want to work on. This combination – FMS/ movement then performance is the same as the model used by leading sports coaches and trainers to get their athletes ready for elite competition.

To read more about Shaun Cairns and Andrew Read just follow the links.

March 19 will be the HKC.

March 20… Hold onto your hats….

The day following the HKC we will be running a series of four workshops. Here is the short version –

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.

Kettlebell Program Design –

  • Learn the key principles of strength development and how maximise them with the kettlebell.
  • Learn how to recognise when to push and when to hold back for elite level conditioning.
  • Discover the hidden strength secrets of the RKC elite.
  • The basic laws of successful progress and how to make gains on top of gains.
  • The perfect number of reps for greater strength.
  • How simple and basic mean successful and strong.
  • Learn how a single kettlebell can be used to take you from ordinary to extraordinary!

RKC Preparation –

  • Learn how to get strong and not burn out!
  • Hone your technique to a new level.
  • How to pass the snatch test in four easy steps.
  • Learn the secrets to get in shape – don’t waste time on show off exercises that won’t help you pass.
  • Take away proven programs to get you ready for the big day and how to use them for maximum effect.

Like I said – it’s going to be a big three days! Shaun is an amazing instructor. This is the guy who is a benchmark for strength amongst the RKC, the first ever Beast Tamer and a guy who accomplished all that using just a 32! Prices will be up in a day or so, but I wanted to give everyone a head’s up so they can start to plan their New Year for maximal strength! Click the link below to reserve your spot in this amazing instructor course!

HKC Certification

Good Instructors Wanted

December 12, 2010

I get emails and calls daily from people saying “swing hurt their back”. My answer is always the same – swings don’t hurt your back. How you swing, or were taught to swing, hurts your back.

Having seen instructors from various other organisations attend the HKC and fail it is no surprise to me that people are getting hurt. I am yet to see an instructor from any other fitness organisation who is able to pass an RKC standard technique test. I’m sure there are some out there, I just haven’t seen them yet. So it’s no surprise that if their own concept of good form is so poor that they are unable to convey to their clients what good and safe form should really be.

Given most certifications spend about three hours on six different lifts how deep are they really teaching technique? Not only that but with no technical testing or entry requirement how good are their instructors really going to be? All they really are is three hours more experienced than their customers. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t go see a doctor who had only three hours more medical experience than me! I want the guy who has been in the trenches and has had to sweat for his piece of paper. The guy who not only knows it but can do it himself.

Let’s compare a three hour “instructor workshop” to the HKC:


3 hour course




Length of course All day All Day
Number of Lifts Learnt



Course run by

Master or Senior RKC


Who taught them

Pavel Tstatsouline


What you get
  • A deep understanding of the true benefits of kettlebell training—for both yourself and your clients
  • A solid knowledge of vital kettlebell training safety procedures
  • A workmanlike grasp of the fundamentals of biomechanics—to ensure your clients move with perfect form and avoid injury
  • A grasp of the key HardStyle skills and principles of strength
  • The ability to competently perform the three foundational kettlebell exercises (the Swing, the Get-Up, and the Goblet Squat)
  • The confidence you can now correctly teach the three essential kettlebell exercises—and troubleshoot common technique problems
  • The unique HKC template for designing an unlimited number of effective kettlebell workouts.


  • A comprehensive manual with pictures and detailed descriptions of the exercises you learnt, plus kettlebell training programs
  • Wholesale prices on all our equipment if you are a personal trainer
  • A listing on our website, which gets over 30,000 unique hits per month, as a Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor if you are a personal trainer
  • A copy of an instructional DVD
  • Access to a website with a further 42 exercises.
  • Ongoing support – you can contact us at any stage with questions about kettlebell training
  • Access to a private forum to discuss kettlebell training with other workshop attendees and workshop instructors
  • A pair of sweat bands to protect your wrists when training with kettlebells


See how one group worries about giving you sweat bands and the other worries about giving you the best in-depth tuition you can receive? Which one makes more sense? And is it better to have a book showing you another 42 exercises you don’t know how to teach or implement or really, truly understanding three that form the basis for all human movement?

Not only do we want to be the best at teaching movement we want to perform each lift a particular way to maximise the benefit of Pavel’s world famous RKC system. The kettlebell is a tool we use to make your body function better. If your goal is just to lift it up and down then why use a kettlebell? You may as well just use a bar or a dumbbell. Because of our aim we have a list of very specific standards. How do you know you are doing it right if you have nothing concrete to compare your form with? Here is our list:

Swing –

Swing a kettlebell back between the legs and then in front up to chest level for 10 repetitions, switch hands and do another 10.

  • Back must be flat
  • Heels planted and the knees track toes
  • Working shoulder packed
  • Working arm is straight in bottom position
  • Kettlebell handle stays above the knees during the backswing
  • No forward knee movement on upswing
  • Body forms a straight line on the top of the swing: the hips and knees extend fully, neck neutral
  • Biomechanical breathing match
  • Abs and glutes visibly contract tat the top of the swing

Get Up –

Lie on your back, pick up the kettlebell with both hands and press it with one. Slowly stand up while keeping your loaded arm straight and vertical. Assist yourself by pushing into the ground with the free arm. Slowly reverse the movement.

  • Use both hands to lift the kettlebell from the ground at the start of the exercise and to return it to the ground at the finish
  • Wrist on the kettlebell side is neutral/straight
  • Elbow on the kettlebell side is locked
  • Shoulder on the kettlebell side is packed
  • Shoulder of the free arm does not shrug up
  • Heel of the front foot on the kettlebell side stays planted
  • Knee touches the deck silently when descending into the half-kneeling position

Goblet Squat –

Pick up the kettlebell by its horns and hold it next to your chest. Squat below parallel, rest your elbows inside your knees pushing the latter out, pause, stand up. Repeat 5 times.

  • Back is flat
  • Shoulders are pressed down (scapulae depressed)
  • Neck neutral
  • Heels planted
  • Big toes planted
  • Knees track the toes
  • Elbows push out against the VM in bottom position
  • Ascent initiated with a grunt
  • Hips ascend at the same arte as the shoulders
  • Hips and knees extend fully at the top of the squat

With the next HKC fast approaching in Melbourne on March 19, 2011 we are agin looking for smart, dedicated trainers to join our ranks. We want the best. If you think that is you then sign up here!
HKC Certification

Also, if you are keen to become involved with Dragon Door as a certified instructor then you will benefit greatly from attending one of our workshops. With a 100% success rate for those attending it is well worth your while to come and learn from the local expert resource for all things Hardstyle! For more information on why you should train with Dragon Door Australia go here and here. To be the best, train with the best! Don’t leave it to chance.

Burn Baby, Burn

June 21, 2010

Have you ever wanted a six-pack for summer?

How about being able to fit into “that” pair of skinny jeans again?

Close your eyes right now and imagine the way you want to look – lean, fit, strong and sexy. Imagine yourself on New Year’s this year with the body you’ve always dreamed of having.

Well, wait no more. Dragon Door Australia is about to start an all new program, never seen before in Australia.

Learn how to eat to turn your body into a fat burning furnace.

Perform workouts designed to melt fat from your body, sculpt lean muscle and make you feel young again.

See why Rolling Stone magazine named the kettlebell the “Hot weight of the year”.

This program will run for 16 weeks and I can personally guarantee that it will help you transform your body from fat to fit! We will be starting August 2, 2010. The program will run for 16 weeks – finishing late November. Imagine losing 10kg in that time!

But, this program isn’t for everyone. It is only for those who are 100% serious about getting in the best shape of their lives. We will not be accepting everyone who wants to participate. This isn’t like your suburban gym where you can just mindlessly turn up, plod along on the treadmill and wonder why you never seem to change shape. This is real training, for those who are committed and serious about changing their lives for good.

Don’t miss your chance. For more information contact

Beginner Workshops

March 31, 2010

With the recent success of the HKC I have been asked by many people when I plan on running beginner workshops for those not interested in becoming instructors but just keen to better use kettlebells and train safely. Well, the wait is over!!

I am pleased to say that I am actually going to be running these workshops in two cities – Melbourne and Brisbane.

Here’s the deal:

I will be running two workshops on Sunday 11 April. These will be run from Dragon
Door Australia at 555 Victoria Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne.

Session 1 will run from 9am-12.30pm and teach the swing, get up and squat – the
centres of athletic movement and effective kettlebell training. Cost is $200 per

Session 2 will run from 1.30pm-4pm and will teach the clean and press and the
snatch. But… You have to have attended the first workshop to come to the second.
Why? Because frankly most people can’t swing well enough to be able to safely clean
and snatch so I need to know that you’re not a hazard to my insurance before you
come along. Cost will also be $200 per person.

The following weekend, April 17, I will be in Brisbane being hosted by Tim Uljarevic of the Krav Maga Training Academy. I will be running the same two workshops there for the eye gougers and groin pokers of KMTA. However, they are also open to anyone in the area who wants to come along and learn from the best about how to safely and effectively add kettlebells into their own training. If you’re interested I’d be quick – the last time I ran these workshops they sold out in a day!

Anyone interested can email me through the site – and I can take payment over the phone. Don’t miss out, this is a great opportunity to learn from the best in the country how to maximise your training time with kettlebells.

HKC Weekend Discounts!

March 15, 2010

With the first ever Dragon Door instructor certification in Australia being held this weekend there’s plenty to celebrate. To mark this event we’re going to have a walk in sale. 

All brand new kettlebells will be 10% off. Dragon Door make the best bells in the world – they are the only company that offers a 100% money back guarantee on their stock and are also the only company that has a five year warranty on the coating of their bells against rust and chipping. Here’s what you’ll pay: 

  • 8kg $60
  • 12kg $70
  • 16kg $78
  • 20kg $85
  • 24kg $95
  • 28kg $110
  • 32kg $120
  • 36kg $135
  • 40kg $150
  • 44kg $200


In addition, any kettlebells we use on the day are going to be sold for 20% off! Here’s what you’ll pay: 

  • 8kg $55
  • 12kg $65
  • 16kg $60
  • 20kg $75
  • 24kg $85
  • 28kg $100
  • 32kg $110
  • 36kg $120
  • 40kg $140
  • 44kg $180
  • Please note, these prices are only for people willing to come pick them up on the day. We will be running the course until 5pm and the bells are available either at 5pm or the following day after Shaun’s seminars at 4pm. 

    In addition to the great deal on kettlebells we will also be offering all our Dragon Door books and DVDs at 10% off too on the day of the HKC. Again, this offer is only available to walk in customers on the day. The course begins at 9am and finishes at 5pm so if you’re interested either be there before 9am to purchase or at 5pm. For details on all current book and DVD prices check 

    Train With the Best

    February 1, 2010

    I haven’t yet met anyone who was interested in getting fitter, leaner or stronger who hasn’t enjoyed training with kettlebells, provided the instruction was good. Unfortunately there are many poor trainers around. Rather than take the time to go and learn from the best and soak up the knowledge they would rather do something haphazardly in the rush to make a quick buck before moving onto the next exercise fad.

    And that’s where Dragon Door Australia is different. We don’t use a wide variety of toys in our training, nor do we introduce new exercises every session – we’d rather see our clients master a few things and really get a good benefit from that than from trying out a hundred different things.

    In training there is a thing called SAID – Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand. In short, you get good at the things you do often. If your workout changes all the time, or the equipment you use during the workout changes all the time, then you aren’t really going to benefit too much from the training. The real benefits of training come from being able to work the hell out of an exercise, really loading it up, or being able to hold your posture even during a very intense set. Not from randomly changing your session every time.

    Not only that but our classes are run by the very best – only RKCs or HKCs will ever run our classes. In other words, people who have passed the highest level of scrutiny in terms of their own technique and their teaching ability. And all that means better results for you.

    Now with classes running at 6am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 6pm Tuesday and Thursday there are plenty of available time slots for training. We also limit our classes – we would prefer that every student has textbook form and can train safely, without risk of injury, rather than cramming people in trying to make more money.

    Have a look at what others have had to say about training with Andrew Read, the head instructor at Dragon Door Australia.

    Classes are held at 555 Victoria Street, Abbotsford. For more information either contact Andrew at or on 0412 658 434.

    Remember, to get in the best shape of your life you need the help of the best trainers around. Nothing competes with the RKC system for kettlebells and our trainers are at the top of their field in Australia.