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"As a full-time professional martial arts instructor with 30 years of martial arts training behind me, instructor certificates in seven arts and a certified RKC instructor myself, I know what makes for quality instruction. In the Kettlebell Warrior DVD series, Dr. Mark Cheng has put together…Read More
by Dr. Mark Cheng, Senior RKC
Total running time: 2 hours 38 minutes
Dr. Cheng’s masterly Kettlebell Warrior represents the most comprehensive attempt yet to illustrate how Pavel’s Naked Warrior and HardStyle training concepts can contribute magnificently to the skill and proficiency of ANY fighter—be it a classical practitioner of the Asian martial arts, an MMA contender, or an operator whose very life can depend on his martial prowess.
"As a US Marine, I depend on using my RKC training to assist in maintaining my physical fitness. As such, I am constantly in search of different methods to improve my technique and increase my stamina. Kettlebell Warrior is an outstanding tool and is a must for anyone looking to improve their proficiency with a kettlebell. Straight forward and directly to the point, Dr Cheng carefully lays out in plain language the fundamentals of working with the kettlebell, and then masterfully ties them directly into a martial arts application. Whether a beginner or experienced RKC/martial artist, this DVD set contains a treasure trove of information that will exponentially help you improve your technique. Semper Fi Doc and job well done!"—Col. Mike Gann USMC, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan
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The history of the modern kettlebell movement—as spearheaded by the RKC and HardStyle—has been one of constant, dynamic evolution. Masters and innovators from numerous disciplines have poured their expertise into the RKC crucible and the result has been a staggering array of interlinking and complementary practices that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands over the last decade.
One of the greatest of these HardStyle champions has been Chinese martial artist and clinician, Dr. Mark Cheng. Now a Senior RKC, Dr. Cheng has been a passionate, tireless and brilliant flag bearer whose contributions have buttressed and reinforced our evolving School of Strength.
Sometimes some of the most powerful contributions to a body of knowledge have taken years to be finally revealed. Originally shot in 2009, Kettlebell Warrior has been biding its time in the Dragon Door vaults. Since 2009, both Dr. Cheng and the RKC have evolved yet again. Some of the training details espoused at that time may now have morphed or perhaps even been discarded. No matter, just as Pavel’s original The Russian Kettlebell Challenge (2001) and his Enter the Kettlebell! (2006) remain enduring "classics of strength", so too the contents of Kettlebell Warrior represent a treasure trove of training secrets that will stand the test of time.
Kettlebell Warrior is destined to become one of the primary go-to-references for anyone remotely serious about boosting their martial power and refining their fighting skills.
I’m a firm believer that anyone who buys an instructional video should get the biggest bang for his or her hard earned buck. So simply demonstrating a bunch of exercises and then showing you fighting techniques without the benefit of detailed explanation is like giving you a Ferrari without the keys or any access to fuel. It’s my job to teach you everything I can in the highest possible detail, so that you can implement your newfound Kettlebell Warrior knowledge and get the most out of it.
Also, my take on some of these exercises might be a little different than what you’ve seen in other kettlebell instructional videos, and that’s fine. As long as the logic behind the movement is solid and there is measurable improvement in your well-being and athletic performance, there can certainly be more than one way to do a given exercise. What I’m showing you here is based on my experiences in martial arts and in clinical medicine, as well as my own personal preferences in training.
My goal is to help you gain a real understanding of how to correctly do both the Naked Warrior and Kettlebell Warrior training exercises, the logic behind why they’re done the way they’re done, and the step-by-step breakdown of certain martial arts techniques that benefit from those training exercises.
1. We start with an explanation of the physiological benefits of each exercise, but in layman’s speak. You’re not going to have to go to med school just to benefit from this DVD series. You just have to pay attention.
2. We continue with detailed, step-by-step instruction on the proper execution of each exercise’s training method. Nothing’s left to chance here.
3. Finally, we give you more highly detailed instruction on the fighting applications of each of these Kettlebell Warrior exercises. You get to see firsthand how an exercise benefits your ability to bring the pain on your adversaries.
That way, you gain an understanding of the exercises’ benefits, you develop an eye for the safest and most beneficial technique in execution, and you gain an appreciation for how the fighting art of your choice can really benefit from the training methods & protocols presented in the final DVD in this series.
We’re also going to try to provide as much detail as possible on the fighting applications of the KB Warrior training methods that we’re revealing here. To do that, we’ve assembled a team of some of the top authorities in the world of sport martial arts, empty hand combat, and defensive tactics. These folks are no run-of-the-mill black belts.
From the world famous Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts, we’ve got Senior Instructors John & Suzanne Spezzano to reveal Thai boxing, Filipino Kali, Shootwrestling, and Southeast Asian Pentjak Silat applications. BJJ 4th degree black belt Roy Harris is also here to show you how KB Warrior training ties over directly into your grappling game and the world of MMA. And I show some applications from traditional Chinese martial arts like Sil Lum Fut Ga and Combat Shuai-Chiao.
For the tactical personnel out there, we’ll also be demonstrating some of how the KB Warrior concepts of strength and power mobility play an important role in what might save your life.
Naked Warrior Bodyweight Training & Combat Applications
a. Hard Style lock
b. Wall Squat
c. Plank & Partner Plank (partner pushing)
d. Front Squat Side Sways
e. Cobra Stretch
Kettlebell Warrior Exercises & Combat Applications
g. Swing – The Center of the RKC Universe
h. Clean: Taming the Arc
i. Military Press
j. Snatch – The Gold Standard
k. Front Squat from the Clean
n. Naked Get-Up
o. Turkish Get-Up
q. Spinning High-Pull
r. Bent Press
Kettlebell Restorative & Healing Exercises
s. Halo – Rear shoulder girdle & thorax/shoulder ROM
t. Armbar – Anterior shoulder girdle
u. Windmill – Hip & Shoulder
v. Snake Charmer — Knees
w. Wall Squat, KB Deadlift and Cobra — Lower Back
"As a full-time professional martial arts instructor with 30 years of martial arts training behind me, instructor certificates in seven arts and a certified RKC instructor myself, I know what makes for quality instruction. In the Kettlebell Warrior DVD series, Dr. Mark Cheng has put together a truly impressive collection of hard-style kettlebell exercises that will directly and positively impact your combat sport application. But the Kettlebell Warrior DVDs also provide restorative exercises with and without the kettlebell that will come in handy when the untimely injury occurs. Detailed instruction is what Dr. Cheng is best known for and this DVD series is chock full of essential exercises explained in high detail. This DVD set should be mandatory training and reference material for any serious martial artist and kettlebell enthusiast!"John SpezzanoMuay Thai and Kettlebell instructor at Five Star Martial Arts, Los Angeles, CAFull Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts under Guro Dan InosantoFull Instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu / Jeet Kune Do Concepts under Sifu Dan InosantoInstructor in Maphilindo Silat under Guru Dan InosantoInstructor in Muay Thai under Ajarn Chai SirisuteInstructor in Wing Chun under Sifu Francis FongSilver Glove in Savate under Nicolas SaignacInstructor in Wali Songo Silat under Pendekar Steve BenitezRKC Instructor under Pavel Tsatsouline
I have just had the opportunity to review "Kettlebell Warrior" and it does not disappoint. As a US Marine, I depend on using my RKC training to assist in maintaining my physical fitness. As such, I am constantly in search of different methods to improve my technique and increase my stamina. "Kettlebell Warrior" is an outstanding tool and is a must for anyone looking to improve their proficiency with a kettlebell. Straight forward and directly to the point, Dr Cheng carefully lays out in plain language the fundamentals of working with the kettlebell, and then masterfully ties them directly into a martial arts application. Whether a beginner or experienced RKC/martial artist, this DVD set contains a treasure trove of information that will exponentially help you improve your technique. Semper Fi Doc and job well done!
KETTLEBELL WARRIOR is a must have for any martial artist. I have been practicing martial arts now for several years and 4 years ago I found kettllebells.I won't go into how much kettlebells have helped my conditioning, rehabbed my shoulders and strengthened my low back etc. because if you're reading this you already know that stuff.( And if you don't you will after the 3rd DVD.) I also was told and kind of understood that kettlebells are a perfect fit with martial arts but until now it was just theory to me. In the first 2 DVDs Dr Cheng clearly demonstrates how the movement principles learned in hard style and The Naked Warrior go hand in hand with the fundamental movement patterns of martial arts. He first demonstrates and thoroughly explains the techniques used in the swing, clean, press etc.and then follows each one with a martial arts demonstration that shows how the skills and principles learned apply . I found myself having multiple epiphanies while watching. If all that isn't enough the 3rd DVD shows how to rehabilitate those aching shoulders and backs that we all seem to get eventually. I can personally attest to the healing powers of some of these movements. As I stated before this set is a must have and probably the only DVDs you need to have.
On my Christmas list was Mark Cheng’s KETTLEBELL WARRIOR DVD set. I must have been a good boy this year because Santa brought me the gift. First of all, let me tell you that I am huge fan of Dr. Mark Cheng and when Mark speaks and teaches, I listen. Let me assure you that Mark is a very talented and INTELLIGENT teacher and coach. I have been fortunate enough to have Mark personally teach me many correctives over the years and his advice and teachings have been nothing short of miraculous. When I saw that Mark came up with a 3 part DVD sets that harmoniously ties together the RKC hardstyle methods with fighting applications I was all ears. I do not have a large background in the martial arts or fighting techniques so being able to see a master martial artist like Mark break down the most effective kettlebell drills and then immediately show you how and why it applies to fighting techniques is invaluable.Somebody like me gets to benefit from Dr. Cheng's lifetime of studying the martial arts as he teaches the essential and most primal principles that any coach should know. Mark does a beautiful job of specifically showing you how exercises like the Get Up, Clean and Snatch have tactical carryover to fighting and the marital arts. This DVD is hands on and will get you moving with more mastery, more grace and more fluidity. Mark’s attention to detail is what separates this DVD from the rest of the ones out there. The flow of kettlebell exercises into fighting drills is smooth and easy to understand. This 3 part DVD set will serve as a long term reference for all coaches and fighting enthusiasts. And for RKC’s the breakdown of Mark’s mobility, flexibility and stability drills will prepare you all RKC certifications (both level 1 and 2). The KNOWLEDGE BOMB that Mark drops on us is worth the price of admission. I will continue to study and reference this well done DVD series! Congrat’s Dr. Cheng!!! I highly recommend this DVD set for all RKC’s and fighting enthusiasts who want to make their bodies more resilient, injury proof and powerful.
Just started watching Sr RKC Dr Mark Cheng's new DVD Kettlebell Warrior and I love it already.It's Classic Doc Cheng, which means a no nonsense attitude, spirit, intellect and hardcore application.Doc Cheng is the real deal in every way and there is no higher compliment from me. Can't wait to see what the rest of the DVD bring and how beautifully and powerfully Doc moves. Some can teach and some can do.Mark Cheng can do both. As soon as I turned on the video I felt great about it. you embody the Spirit of the Martial arts and the RKC more than any man I know. And I respect that more than you will ever know.I am learning things left and right from the dvd already, phrasing, cues, explantions all will help me transmit what I am trying to transmit to my students that much better an easier.It is always an honor to hear you teach. People, get this DVD, you can't go wrong.Get to the essence of the RKC with one of the best and smartest instructors we have.
I've said this elsewhere before but it bears repeating: If you get even just one, single tip you can use that measurably improves your training, a DVD like this pays for itself many times over. I am posting this review early - I've only watched the first of the three DVD's - but something about the way Dr. Cheng demonstrated and explained the kettlebell snatch just went "zing" into my brain, and today my snatches are tighter, more powerful, more explosive, more solid at the top, and even with all that, they're _easier_ and I did two more sets than I'd planned on just now.Here's your opportunity to learn from a Senior RKC with extensive experience both in and out of the Hard Style Kettlebell world, all of which benefits you as you watch him explain and demonstrate the basics and beyond. If you don't buy this one, what can I say but, "It's your loss."
Sr Mark Chen delivers a knockout with this DVD. Kettlebell Warrior is a must have! Whether you are a martial artists teaching and using kettlebells, a Kettlebell Instructor teaching martial artists or you just want to be a better instructor and practioner. Dr Chen's demonstrates both his intense knowledge of kettlebells and his considerable knowledge and martial arts experience. His break down and presentation of the exercises and principals in a very concise and relatable fashion. The exercise instruction and practical application is both informative and instructional and could only have been presented by someone of Dr Chen’s knowledge, caliber and expertise. This is instantly an invaluable tool for RKC’s with no martial arts experience who have martial artist as students. I found myself reviewing the 1st DVD almost immediately and enthusiastically referencing it my next teaching session. The naked warrior segment is invaluable information for anyone either training for the RKC or an RKC looking to deepen his knowledge and skills. “A KNOCK OUT”Thanks Brother Mark
Context can define or change everything. Dr. Cheng's series Kettlebell Warrior provides my training context, which changes it's purpose. Rather then simply trying to get stronger for strength's sake, it provides me with specific details how Hardstyle Kettlebell training develops physical attributes, skill sets, and neural pathways which takes my practice of the different martial arts, strength, and athletic activities to a whole new level.As a practitioner of BJJ, JKD, FMA, & yoga; as well as a competitor in Scottish Highland Games and Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe paddling, my needs as far as strength, flexibility, endurance, mental focus, explosiveness, relaxation, muscle linkage, muscle recruitment, and power transfer are GREATLY VARIED. Kettlebell Warrior provides me with a detailed framework to improve and provide safety & longevity to ALL my physical endeavors.Thank you to Dr. Cheng, my Sifu Professor Roy Harris, and all the contributors to Kettlebell Warrior for taking the time to share your knowledge and enthusiasm. Your passion for providing the highest quality of instruction shines through in all your teachings and Kettlebell Warrior is no exception.
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I just finished watching the Kettlebell Warrior DVD set by Dr. Mark Cheng and came away with solid, safe teaching progressions for the main kettlebell exercises. In addition to the step by step instruction on the exercises the viewer is also given excellent practical applications of all the exercises to be used in martial arts.The highlight for me is the progression Dr. Cheng uses for the Turkish Get Up exercise. He breaks that exercise down into easy to remember smaller movements and gives a good learning tool to use for teaching/learning the exercise to drill it into memory. I plan to use this method when teaching my high school students that exercise in the upcoming weeks.
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