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The RKC Level II Kettlebell Instructor Certification Workshop

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RKC II: Advanced Kettlebell Skills for Enhancing Power, Building Strength and Improving the Quality of Your Movement

The RKC Level II Kettlebell Instructor Certification Workshop
St. Paul, MN, United States
July 8 - 10, 2011

An Advanced RKC Level Two Certification Training with: RKC Chief Instructor Pavel Tsatsouline with Master RKC Dave Whitley, and Senior RKCs Dan John, Thomas Phillips, Brad Nelson and Doug Nepodal

For Certified Russian Kettlebell Challenge instructors (RKCs) only: take your kettlebell training business to a whole new level when you attend this dynamic workshop with the industry leaders ...

Workshop Code # wpkb61
Register on-line or call 1-651-487-2180 for credit card orders.

Do YOU Qualify to Attend the RKC II Certification Workshop?

The RKC II Certification Workshop is for those RKCs who seek the opportunity to (check all that apply):

Dramatically enhance their kettlebell training expertise
Deliver highly effective kettlebell training to a wider spectrum of clients
Significantly increase their income as a kettlebell trainer
Upgrade their personal strength skills
Establish themselves as a leader in the kettlebell-training market
Add greater perceived value to their kettlebell business profile
Join and network with an elite group of high-level kettlebell instructors
Refine their basic RKC skills
Develop significant new levels of power, strength, conditioning and physical resilience

Did you qualify? Then read on now:

The Essential RKC II Program Design and

Mastery of Core Kettlebell Lifting Skills

As an RKC, you have already exposed yourself to the power of Pavel's kettlebell teachings…

And as an RKC, you also know that it is Pavel who single-handedly brought kettlebells from total obscurity in modern America to a national sensation…

Now, you have a chance to access advanced kettlebell knowledge and skills that will catapult you into the top echelon of kettlebell trainers worldwide.

The first level of kettlebell certification (RKC) gave you the skills to perform and teach the fundamental and most crucial lifts in the kettlebell repertoire.

The RKC II curriculum will give you the skills to perform and teach what Pavel considers the next most important set of kettlebell lifts.

Pavel, Dave Whitley, Dan John, Thomas Phillips, Brad Nelson and Doug Nepodal will spend three whole days with you ensuring that you master the Clean and Jerk, the Pullup, the Pistol, the Bent Press, the Viking Push Press and the Windmill.

Pavel will begin by giving you the essential RKC II Program Design:

  • Discover a vintage—and incredibly effective kettlebell training template from Tsarist Russia
  • Learn the intricacies of Strength Exhibition Training—the most advanced RKC free style workout based on old-time Russian gireviks' training methods

Dramatically improve your pullup power with the unique Pullups by Pavel™ methodology.

  • Understand why the bodybuilding pullup technique is not appropriate for athletes and learn the alternative
  • Learn how to channel the power from you abdomen and hips—like a one-inch punch, without kipping—into the pullup
  • Master the secrets of the "hollow position" critical for having a strong pullup finish—and power in combat sports
  • Learn how to make the pullup an exceptional abdominal exercise
  • Elevate your pullup power with the Russian hanging leg raise
  • Discover the key differences in training your pullups for 1RM or reps
  • Take home five powerful pullup routines—your clients will love you for this!

Master the Pistol

This Spetsnaz favorite cannot be beat as the #1 drill for leg strength, explosive power, mobility, and resilience.

  • Master the pistol in record time with an accelerated pistol mastery program built from the RKC front squat
  • Learn how to troubleshoot the typical problems such as a limited range of motion, the knee strain, a short waist, a large stomach or thighs, and the inability to maintain balance

Master the Clean and Jerk

The Russian spec ops community considers that hard work on the long cycle C&J is all one needs to be in top shape for an elite military unit. Who are we to argue?

  • Learn the Hard Style jerk specifically designed for high power applications
  • Master a safe shock absorption technique that is one of the best known builders for the lower quads
  • Dramatically improve your sports agility with a special second dip technique
  • Understand what you must do to avoid motor learning confusion between your jerks and presses

Master the Windmill

The windmill is a powerful drill for shoulder and rib cage mobility and an excellent stretch for the hips.

  • Learn safe and effective windmill technique
  • Get a took kit full of lead up and remedial drills

Master the Bent Press

It is hard to find an exercise that does more for the upper body than the bent press. An incredible lat builder, the bent press also develops shoulders extraordinary in their mobility and resilience, and powerful triceps. A Big Bang exercise of the first magnitude.

  • Learn safe and effective bent press technique
  • Master the proper strength and mobility progression and lead up exercises for this advanced drill

Important: review the complete RKC level II testing requirements before you register.

To See Just What Kind of Quality You Can Expect at Our July 2011 RKC II Training, Read What These Participants Had to Say About the Most Recent RKC Level Two Workshops:

Dustin Miller, Personal Trainer, Chicago, IL

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

1999 and 2000 IL State Powerlifting Champion, 1999 National and World Powerlifting Champion. 18-19 100kg weight class. Won Best Lifter Award at National and World Championships. Sept 2008 Beast Tamer. NSCA certified as CSCS. NASM certified as CES. RKC Certified

I learned a lot more on fine tuning exercises/lifts and how to connect them to their lifts/exercises. Some of the break downs really helped turn the "light bulb" on. Many "ah-ha" moments.

Only thing that compares is Level I. Very physically demanding and mentally challenging too.

Steve Milles, Muay Thai Instructor, Gym Owner, New York City, NY

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Owner, Head Muay Thai Instructor at Five Points Academy in NYC -- one of the most well known, internationally respected muay thai camps in the US. Certifications: Arjan (Master) under Grandmaster Chansadeth "Cheetah" Chantanao, Cheetah Muay Thai Assoc. in affiliation with the International Muay Thai School, Bangkok Thailand, Kru (Teacher) under Grandmaster Thosaphon "Toddy" Sitiwatjana, Muay Thai International Assoc. RKC Level I, Instructor Achievements: Trainer to 9 members of US national teams to World Muay Thai Championships. Trainer to multiple amateur and professional champions at national and international level, including current women's WKA World Champion at 118.8 lb max. Athletic Achievements: Retired Professional Thai boxer (15 years). Top ten ranked fighter for most of my career, USMTA Welterweight Intercontinental Champion, WKA Jr. Middleweight US Champion, WKA and ISKA Welterweight US Champion, Bronze Medal, IAMTF World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand

It makes the RKC Level I seem easy. Not just the physical aspect, but the information presented, is unbelievable.

At Level I, I said it was far and away the best training I'd ever received, in any subject. The RKC II blows it away.



Philip Ross - Martial Arts and Personal Trainer; Ho Ho Kus, NJ

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

2005- Inducted to the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame
2000- Garden State Games Karate Black Belt Heavyweight Sparring Champion
1998 — Medalist in Weapons, Empty hand Forms and Freestyle Fighting at the Bando Nationals
1996 - United Kung Fu Federation - Competitor of the Year Award
1995 — Amateur National Heavyweight Freestyle Fighting Champion
1994 - World Martial Arts Hall of Fame - "Man of the Year"
1987 — Reebok Classic Power lifting Champion (1400 lbs. Lifted in the 181 lb class)
1982 — University of Maryland Olympic lifting Champion — 181 lbs.
1979 — AAU Junior Olympic Greco-Roman National Runner-up

Solid review and extension of knowledge — with a much deeper explanation then in Level I. Information, techniques and philosophies that may be applied immediately, the information is useful for a wide array of clientele.

Prentiss Rhodes, Owner of Rhodes Fusion Fitness Kettlebell and Self Defense Studio, Chicago, IL

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Former Collegiate Taekwondo Heavyweight Medalist in sparring 1994, Former NAGA Illinois Silver Medalist in no-GI Masters division 2006, Kettlebell Sport Competition 24 kg Long Cycle Clean and Jerk, 4th Degree Black Belt Taekwondo, 1st Degree Black Belt Hapkido, Certified F.I.G.H.T. instructor in the Haganah System, Doctor of Chiropractic, NSCA CSCS

This is a course that MUST be attended by everyone who is committed to becoming better. The level of knowledge and instruction will only help coaches, trainers and other specialists rise to the top of the fitness and wellness industry.

Rob Miller, personal trainer, Chicago, IL

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

ACE CPT, Former U.S. Naval Search and Rescue Swimmer

Amazing and life altering.

Scott Hines Sr., Performance Trainer/Business Owner, Rome, GA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Former College Football Player, 25 years of training and coaching experience, NSCA, C.S.C.S certified, We work with the general population, youth, middle and high school athletes as well as college and professional athletes. I have coached at the high school level, as well as college and professional level.

Educational, informative, challenging, organized, fun. Taking your kettlebell knowledge to the next level.

The quality, scope of material and practical use of what I learned at the RKC II is unmatched. No other course I have ever taken can compare.

Heidi Rothenberg — Russian Kettlebell Instructor/Massage Therapist; Albuquerque, NM

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Co-owner of FireBellz, Albuquerque's Premiere Russian Kettlebell Studio, 15 year certified personal fitness trainer.

RKC II not only gave me advanced skills but sharpened, refined and enhanced what I already had in my "tool box". RKC is hands down the most valuable certification course I have participated in.

Amy Dudley, Co-owner Better Bodies of Medina, Medina, OH

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

15 years in the fitness industry. AFAA Primary and Step certified, Maddogg Athletic certified, CycleOps certified, Yogafit certified

The most challenging certification training yet a rewarding experience. Challenging because of the exercises rewarding due to knowledge gained. I learned more here in 3 days than in all of my other certifications achieved in 15 years.

Thomas Phillips - Owner of Fit for Life pt; Marlboro, NJ:

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

2002 Body-for-life Grand Master Champion
1st place National AAU deadlifter
Master Class Raw Powerlifter; National qualifier for the sport of kettlebell lifting

Extremely informative, quality material, practical information in every respect. The quality of instruction and scope of material is second to none.

A fantastic group of instructors and students. I enjoyed my time here very much!

Rich Kocher, Personal Trainer, Poughkeepsie, NY

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

ace personal trainer, NASM personal trainer, NYSC master trainer, RKC, JKD 4th level.

I was expecting an awesome weekend. But just as in the Level I certification, which far exceeded my expectation, the level 2 far exceeded what I expected to learn

The RKC's set a different standard then any other training. It also gives you drills and skills you can immediately apply to your life, training and clients. It was great to be here and great to be around all the RKCs.

Katie Bigelow, Student, Z-Health Master Trainer, RKC Instructor, Seattle, WA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

RKC Instructor, Z-Health, Master Trainer, 2-Time State Champion Soccer NCISAA, State Champion Basketball NCISAA

This certification was a HUGE step up in the demands required for efficient kettlebell lifting. It contained the nations top instructors, which further separates the RKC system a part form every other system in the nation/world.

Top notch certification! One of the best in the industry. I would not keep coming back if the information and research was not cutting edge and/or applicable to my own training and profession.

Dennis Frisch, Trainer, Copenhagen, Demark

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Former Danish Army Officer, commando and airborne, exercise physiology, full contact karate, krav maga, military sports

If you want to go to the next level, and are willing to do the work/practice RKC II is the place for you.

Andrey Patenko - Personal Trainer; Lansdale, PA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Champion and member Uzbekistan Track and Field team 1982-1991, Received 1st and 2nd place award in National Police Hand to Hand Fighting Championships 1992/1993, Champion International Martial Arts Tournament Kentucky, USA 1997, Certification of Black Belt Instructor Hand-To-Hand Fighting Federation and Ju-Jitsu 1997, Certification as Bodyguard, International Antiterrorist Training Association and Dynomo-profi,Russia 1996, Senior Sergeant Soviet Army Spetznaz 1996-98, Command Senior Lieutenant Central Police Department, Perm, Russia, Department of Special Physical and Combat Training 1991-1994.

Improved my skills. Very professional, well done. 10+ You are top notch!!

David Cogswell, Chemical Operator / Co Owner of Kettlebell Club, Houston, TX

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Co Owner Houston Kettlebell Club, 5th Dan Tae Kwon Do, 2 Times National Champion WTF, Former Para-rescue Specialist USAF

Extremely informative and the additional attention to details of techniques are over top, with exceptional expertise. A must for all level I RKC's.

Your events far exceed any event that I have ever been to. The Kettlebell Club uses the "DD" template for our workshops. Keep the great work.

It's priceless what you have offered us. And I know you will continue to grow as an organization. All my best.

Cindy Glass — Analyst; Portola Valley, CA

The Level II cert was a great opportunity to clean my brain of useless bits of fitness information and misinformation — and fill it with high quality kettlebell insights and instruction I'll keep forever.

Willie Woods - Personal Trainer, Massage; Therapist Redmond, WA

The RKC Level II Training has provided me a more in-depth approach to my training as well as to my clients. The addition of Rif's length/tension, Andrea's special populations, Brett and Kenneth's presentation were all excellent information, that I can use in my business as well as to improve my well being.

Overall, by far the most intensive, knowledge and science based physical training that I have ever attended.

Angelo Gala - Personal Trainer; Boston, MA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

7 years experience personal training, NSCA-CPT, CSCS, RKC

The level II workshop added more drills to my arsenal necessary to maintain an elite fitness level.

RKC Level I was the best. Level II had so much more information that it blows Level I away.


Lauren Brooks — Fitness Coach and Clinical Nutritionist; Encinitas, CA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Certified Clinical Nutritionist, B.S. in Kinesiology, Certified by American Council on Exercise. Personal Trainer for 9 years.

Took all the concepts that I know about training and opened it up to a deeper and more complex level. Introduced me to cutting edge training techniques.

RKC never lets me down. I learn more with this type of training that I did in my degree program of kinesiology or any personal training cert.

Zar Horton - Firefighter; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

RKC Team Leader, Division Commander Albuquerque Fire Department- Special Operations, Albuquerque Fire Department; Health and Wellness Program Co-founder, FireBellz Russian Kettlebell Studio Owner, Certified Paramedic, 18 yrs US DOE Certified Instructor Intermediate Force, Ground Control for Law Enforcement, Men's League competitive soccer 17 yrs, Youth soccer Coach 2000-2004, Track: 1993 World Firefighter Games 4x100 Gold medal

A 3-day — I mean full days of excellent, in depth instruction with information that will take my own and my clients training to the next level. This is the information and technique that set RKC organization part. The depth of knowledge and delivery ensure that those who earn their RKC II definitely have the fine tuning tolls and ability to take technique and programming up one very big notch!

I am spoiled now and expect a certain level from RKC/DD. RKC II delivered! A great weekend with challenging workouts and excellent in depth lectures with enough hands on to be usable with clients immediately!

Click here to register for the RKC2 Certification

Renee Woods — Personal Trainer; Encinitas, CA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Certified personal trainer, RKC certification, 3rd degree black belt and did body building training and contest in the 1990's

Packed full of great information by very, very good instructors.

The best I have ever been to! Scope of material great and practical use was very good. Very challenging. Everything was very organized as well.

John Heinz - Blacksmith, Martial Arts Instructor; Upper Black Eddy, PA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

25+ years Martial Arts Practice; shim Gum Do Kwanjang.

The Level II Cert is something all RKC Level I instructors should take, if they are serious about understanding the benefits of a "Hard Style" approach to kettlebell training.

In many ways, the best so far. Again, the presentation was geared appropriately. The class was likewise serious in their intent. For me the new info of rehab/eval. was paramount, though I appreciated the refinement of lifting skills that I have been practicing for years.

George Spears — Teacher of Yoga "Neuromuscular Performance Specialist"; Roswell, GA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

I began my studies of yoga and martial art and Japanese-russo strength and conditioning methods under the tutelage of Tadashi Nakamura Sensei, Vladamir Lakota, Ivan Trypovic, Max Hasse, Tony Armento and last but not least Yul Brynner. Since 1979 I have taught athletes from all walks of life both amateur and professional most notably Walter Peyton and Scott Sisson. In 1989 I founded the Neuromuscular Performance Institute and my own form of yoga. "Ahimsa Virabhadrasana"(Nonviolent Warrior) a vinyasa form of yoga utilizing the dead lift, the pullup, the squat and the kettlebell as a foundation for spinal strength and flexibility

The RKC Level II instructor training proved to me that they have not rested on their laurels with the success o the kettlebell phenomenon. More information taught in a concise and understandable manner, taking complex physiological protocols and research and teaching it a way that is understandable for both me and my students. Knowledge, integrity, and sincerity of purpose.

I have spent in excess of 35k in 25 years of seminars helping me to be a better teacher of athletes and I still feel that in the best return I've received on my money as a matter of fact I feel guilty that the knowledge I've received is no way a fairly compensated for the checks I've written to Dragon door…Thank you or keeping it affordable… it is a pearl beyond price.

Matthew Godina - Personal Trainer; Brooklyn, NY

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:


The RKC II was great. The hands on instruction of new techniques was excellent and thorough, in addition to learning new kettle bell techniques. Brett, Kenneth, Andrea and Mark's information sections broadened my understanding of how KBS can be used.

Phenomenal after the RKC this is the best workshop I have been to.

The entire Dragon Door team does a great job. Thank you for you attention to detail and professionalism.

Jeff Larson - Personal Trainer; Napa, CA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Certified Personal Trainer

This has given me more tolls to take my strength, knowledge and skill to a higher level. All the instructor's level of expertise is mind boggling. It has been an honor to be part of the RKC.

There is no comparison!! RKC is top notch!! Everything taught can be applied immediately. I am honored to be a part of such a great program!!

Click here to register for the RKC2 Certification

Betsy Collie — Group Kettlebell Instructor, Rapid Results Fitness; Durham, NC

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Attended NC School of the Arts for Dance. Numerous scholarships and awards for dance. Figure competitor instructor. Group certifications and personal trainer certs. Currently co-owner of Rapid Results Fitness, specializing in kettlebell training group classes.

It was well worth the time and money investment and makes me even more honored to be an RKC instructor.

RKC has always set the bar for me. The seniors and masters know their stuff. More importantly they are approachable and passionate about kb training and the importance of safety and technique.

Mark Erickson — Personal Trainer; Vinton, IA

The RKC Level II Instructor Certification Training will allow me to better serve my clients. The knowledge I gained from this weekend will be a direct reflection of the future results of everybody I train.

The best hands on training I've attended to date. The material presented can be applied as soon as I return with my clients.

Ron Farrington - Police Officer; East Hanover, NJ

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Member of the East Hanover Police Dept. ESU team, currently compete in MMA

It was an excellent opportunity to revisit why Level I principles and exercises are so important as well as expand on that knowledge and apply the principles to more advanced training.

I feel all the instructors have a tremendous amount of knowledge. What I like and appreciate the most is that every on of them will make the time and go out of their way to answer any question you have, not holding anything back. The most impressive aspect to me is that if they know another instructor is better suited to answer the question or give advice, they will defer to the other instructor.

I'm very happy with what was taught and the practical use. I like that even though I have a lot to learn on every topic covered I can still walk away and immediately apply many of the concepts.

Rolando Garcia, III - JKD Instructor; Guttenberg, NJ

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Full Instructor in JKD/FMA under Armando Basulto - Senior Full Instructor under Paul Vunak
- Phase I Instructor in JKD/FMA under Paul Vunak/Armando Basulto
- Initiateur in Boxe Francaise Savate under Armando Basulto, Moniteur under the French Federation of Boxe Francaise Savate
- Blue Belt in BJJ under Royler Gracie/David Adiv (8 years experience)
- Competitive experience in BJJ (gi/no-gi), boxe francaise savate, muay thai, stick and knife fighting

More in depth, more useful information. Blows the competition away.

JJ Blea — Contractor, Kettlebell studio owner; Albuquerque, NM

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Involved in many different sports throughout my lifetime. Enjoy Kettlebell training, basketball, and golf now days.

Extremely informative, and helped cement many of the philosophies set forth in RKC Level I.

As in RKC I, the entire program was informative, professional, educational and fun. The best program I have attended.

Kate Hawbaker — Teacher; Louisville, KY

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Member of YMCA women's gymnastics team Mason-Dixon league champions 1980-1985. Practices Ashtanga yoga. Studied yoga with Ramanand Patel, David Swenson, Doug Keller.

A very valuable experience personally and professionally.

Excellent. Much deeper than others, with real time to practice and have qualified, hands on assistance with improving form in lifts.

Jule Albretsen - Mechanical Engineer; Hyrum, UT

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Ran Park City, UT Marathon 2004. 300 on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). 4 years in the Army.

I took the RKC two months ago. Afterwards, I still had questions and doubts about the basic exercises. I also wondered how to teach kbs to people with mobility issues and other problems. Level II gave me much more confidence in the basics and I feel more comfortable with clients.

Gayle Hunter — Fitness Trainer; Healdsburg, CA

It is empowering me to go forward in teaching others kettlebells skills. To be the sole person introducing the kettlebells invasion in my town felt a bit scary, but it reinforced my conviction of it's integrity.

Haven't taken many other courses — but it is beyond compare to anything else.

Tim McPhee — Plumber; Rochester, MN

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Master plumber, HVAC technician, 4th degree Black Belt in TKD, Certified Instructor in TKD

This cert goes way beyond just lifting. In life, there are those who get in the car, turn the key and hit the gas. This course provides us with info on cornering, braking, aerodynamics, team management and more.

The scope of material far exceeds that of Level I, as it should. It helps those of us who really want to know just what is going in the body.

I would like to sincerely show my appreciation for the level of organization exhibited during RKC II 2008. John, Dennis, Nicole and those others I don't know made this weekend go by with ease.

Click here to register for the RKC2 Certification

Dustin Rippetoe — Gun Range Owner; Guthrie OK

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

4 years kettlebells; 2 years RKC
10+ years martial arts

The RKC Level II is an absolute must for any RKC who wishes to grow their knowledge of kettlebells.

Christian Lombardo — Personal Trainer, Performance Coach; Huntington, NY

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Tier Three Personal Trainer at Equinox Fitness Club, International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Master Trainer, United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) Club Coach

A hardcore, intense, powerful and extremely educational! I loved how Pavel focused on perfection of techniques on all core exercises and how to utilize the body muscles to out perform the exercise.

Extreme and top quality education in teaching the bottom line principle to excel and out perform in kettlebells, strength, sport and all life activities. Excellent manual in guiding everything covered in the workshop.

Robert Harris - Fitness Coach; Nepean, Ont. Canada

This training is the best hands on I have ever had. Makes the XFit pale by comparison. I have never had sooooo much take home material, I can use tomorrow. Recommend to all Giryas.

Stefan Astrup Madsen — Student; Hilleroedgaade, Denmark

Like the RKC, very straightforward and useful. Manual described details very well for later use.

Chris Fournie — Martial Arts Fitness Gym Owner; Duluth, MN

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Black belts in 2 disciplines; Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor; Past Bodyguard; past private investigator; 1000 Kettlebell Snatch Challenge.

Like the RKC I it is one of the best, most professionally conducted seminars I have ever been to. (I have been to many seminars!)

Jill Knipp — Personal Trainer; Escondido, CA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

AFAA Certified Personal Trainer; AAHFRP Post Rehab Specialist; AAHFRP Medical Exercise Specialist; RKC

The trainings provided by Dragon Door are always very organized and thorough. It's an efficient machine. The material is geared toward practical application and there is something for everyone. A lot of the basic exercise physiology is good review and then there are some new things to consider. Good scope of material.

Carolyn Hakes - Personal Trainer; Naperville, IL

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:


The RKC II further expanded my knowledge beyond basic kb exercises. I now have a broader knowledge of how better to evaluate clients to prevent and recover from injury.

The information provided by Dragon Door is always excellent. I really feel like I am learning form real experts. There is a lot packed in to each day and I love this "no-nonsense" approach.

Bob Orr - US Marine; Virginia Beach, VA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

RKC, US Marine, currently competing in ultra-marathon cycling events.

The Level 2 certification course is essential for all RKCs. The skills learned in this course go beyond the kettlebell and focus on the well physical well being of a victim.

This course is by far the most informative course on physical training I've attended.

Robbie Williams - Personal trainer/ Gym owner; Cork, Ireland

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

long distance running, biking, crossfitting

A very good weekend, a reminder that basics are key exercises and I will focus more on them with clients, rather than teach exercises that they are perhaps not technically capable of.

I try to make a point of coming to RKC, this is the 2nd time being here and I must say that I learn more here in 3 days than I do in 2 years at home in Ireland.

Aaron Larmore - Owner/Director of Performance - Fit2Live; Iowa City, IA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Youth Conditioning Specialist — IYCA, Strength and Conditioning Specialist - NSCA

I felt I expanded my knowledge and understanding through learning more exercises, better ways to trouble shooting, expansion of knowledge to further asset and correct movements patterns.

The RKC sets a standard for other certification bodies. Great knowledge and, as importantly, application. If you can't do the training yourself, how can you transfer it to your clients?

Click here to register for the RKC2 Certification

Jason Von — Personal Trainer; Livermore, CA

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Chek Level I, Poligquin Level 2, Back Rehab and preventative injuries, training athletes.

Don't think you know it all because you saw a kettlebell exercise on YouTube or read an article…. Come to the RKC II to learn and truly understand the purpose of the kettlebell and how to use it correctly!

Everything we learn has practical use… which is essential. I really like how the certification is ran on a schedule and sticks to the schedule. You know what to expect and prep for.

Keep up the good work. You guys have done an excellent job in promoting the more and more popularized kettlebell.

Christine Staunch - Personal Trainer; Bayonne, NJ

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

World/International Baton Twirling Competitor, State, Regional and National Champion; Personal Trainer; Group Fitness Instructor; USTA Judge

It has exceeded my expectations as far as content the cert has inspired me with insightful feed back for my clients and in my own training.

RKC II blows everything else away with the exception of the RKC I. Material is perfect. It is very practical including VO2 Max.

Andrew Freeman - Personal Trainer; S St Paul, MN

Great learning experience with no time wasted. If we weren't learning something new we were swinging. Awesome weekend.

Not as intense as Level I but much more great material taught in this one.

George Gomola - Asst. Fire Chief; Fairfield, CT

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

IAAI Firefighter Peer Fitness Trainer, SAQS Strength and Conditioning Coach
Sacred Heart University Men's Soccer

The softer side on the hard style. But soft is not meant to be weak, rather a gateway to greater strength and longevity.

Excellent program — injury and mobility restrictions preventions. Full enjoyment and participation, but the corrective strategies helped tremendously. I could never have learned windmill, bent press or pistol without corrective assessment and strategies.

Jonathan Barber - Landlord, Personal Trainer; Nottingham, United Kingdom

This has given me so many new skills on top of RKC I to now use with you training.

Quality — excellent. Well organized, good communication of expectations and organized both before and during. Scope — much more in depth than Level I. Had simply expected to run through more exercises but instead learnt so much more. The information to the side of the new skills seemed more valuable. Practical — explained at all points.

Luis Martinez — Businessman; Guadalajara, MEXICO

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Football 10 years, some martial arts.

It definitely would help me I my training as well as with my trainees. Now I know many things more!

Definitely the best workshop I have taken, great new materials and detailed instruction.

Keira Newton - Feldenkrais Practitoner; Santa Fe, NM

It was an intense 3 day introduction to the numerous ways kettlebell can be used an applied.

RKC for me provides nothing but the best, it's that simple.

Michael House - Fitness Director; Houston, TX

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Former professional and amateur boxer; Master's exercise physiology, USA Weightlifting / Club Coach; CSCS

Even more in depth then Level I. Everyone was so helpful and knowledgeable.

Far superior to ANY and EVERYTHING I have done in the past.

Kori Bliffert - Respiratory Therapist, Personal Trainer; Frisco, TX

Very good instruction and knowledge by the instructors.

Christopher Newton - Personal Trainer; Miami, FL

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

Masters Degree: Exercise Physiology; NCSA; CSCS; 2nd degree Blackbelt Kempo; MMA Instructor.

It was once again a great experience. The best part of it was the attention to detail in the skills.

Very good. Love the philosophies of the kb training. I am CSCS so it fits right into my thought process. The Level II was obviously not as demanding as Level I, and not as challenging, but I understand the purpose.

John Rock - Personal Trainer; Arden Hills, MN

Athletic Achievements, training background or specialty:

1992,1994 US Olympic Trials participant XC ski; NSCA- CSCS; ACSM- HF/I; ACE- Personal Trainer; NASM- PES; AFFA- Group Fitness Instructor; Professional Ski Instructors of America- Nordic Track & Skate level 3, Alpine level 1

A great way to enhance your kettlebell skills and gain greater awareness of how to improve your skills and improve on your weaknesses.

It is greater on scope and depth of knowledge. It assumes some prior knowledge with amateur and physiology and current training strategies, which is great.

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In the pull-up you will be required to start from a dead hang, pull up without kipping, and finish by touching the bar with your neck or chest using the thumbless overhand grip. Women will be tested with their bodyweight only. Men will be required to hang a kettlebell on a foot (a weight belt is not allowed). Kettlebell sizes: 24kg for up to 220 pounds bodyweight; 16kg for over 220 pounds. Men masters (over 50 years old): 16kg up to 220 pounds; bodyweight; 12kg for over 220 pounds.

In the pistol you must be able to descend at least to parallel and come up exercising control. You may hold a counterweight. Successful performance of the pistol with one leg is sufficient.

Successful performance of the windmill, bent press, and push press with one arm is sufficient.

The jerk will be tested with two kettlebells of the size required for the snatch test.

RKC II Preparation Advice

A large percentage of RKC II failures are due to tight shoulder girdles and thoracic spines. The following books and DVDs are recommended for preparation: Kettlebells from the Ground Up, Resilient, Return of the Kettlebell, Secrets of the Shoulder.

In addition to the technique testing of the Level II exercises you will be tested on your clean and military press strength. Men will be required to press the kettlebell closest to 1/2 their bodyweight. Women will be required to press the kettlebell closest to 1/4 their bodyweight. Masters of 50 years of age and older will have a separate list of requirements.

One Arm Kettlebell Clean and Military Press
RKC Level II Requirements



Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell, Lbs.
Up to 117 53
118-132 62
133-150 70
151-168 80
169-185 88
186-203 97
Over 203 106
Men Masters
(50+ Years Old)
Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell, Lbs.
Up to 132 44
133-150 53
151-168 62
169-194 70
Over 194 80

Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell, Lbs.
Up to 122 26
123-158 35
159-194 44
Over 194 53
Women Masters
(50+ Years Old)
Bodyweight, Lbs. Kettlebell, Lbs.
Up to 122 18
123-158 26
159-194 35
Over 194 44

Note that the above numbers are simply —not easily, but simply —achieved by following the Right of Passage plan in Enter the Kettlebell!

The Strict One-Arm Military Press


  • Performance of the C&P with one arm is sufficient.
  • Chalk is allowed.
  • The girevik will clean the bell with one hand.
  • The girevik must initiate the press with the fist of the working arm below chin level.
  • The girevik must press the kettlebell overhead to a full lockout for one repetition.
  • The girevik must be standing still during the entire press attempt.
  • There must be a distinct pause between the clean and the press, the girevik and the kettlebell motionless.
  • The knees must be completely locked during the attempt.
  • The girevik must demonstrate full control at the lockout. The girevik and the kettlebell must remain motionless until the head referee's "Down!" command.

What disqualifies an attempt?

  • Failing any of the above standards.
  • Using the legs in a push press fashion.
  • Bouncing the kettlebell off the chest.
  • Downward movement of the kettlebell after the pause between the clean and the press.
  • Raising one or both heels, moving one or both feet.
  • Leaning sideways so the press turns into a side press. Look for the elbow angle: if it increases at any point during the attempt without a simultaneous elevation of the bell, the girevik has leaned away from the kettlebell and thus has turned a strict press into a side press.
  • Excessively leaning back during the attempt.
  • Rolling the kettlebell onto the shoulder.

The Tactical Dead Hang Pullup


  • The girevik must perform one strict dead hang pullup with a kettlebell on his foot.
  • The bar shall be set high enough not to allow the girevik's feet to touch the ground when hanging with the arms and legs straight.
  • The grip must be thumbless overhand. The width is not specified.
  • The girevik may use a box or similar object to reach the bar.
  • There must be a distinct pause in a dead hang before an attempt is made.
  • The elbows must be straight at the start; the legs may be straight or bent.
  • The neck or chest—not the underside of the chin— must touch the bar at the top position.

What disqualifies an attempt?

  • Failing any of the above standards.
  • Kipping, swinging.
  • Raising the femurs above parallel.

If you fail any of the above tests, you will be given three months to retest with a Master RKC, Senior RKC, or RKC Team Leader. Your RKC II Instructor certificate will not be issued until you have passed all the tests.

Testing Exemptions

In rare cases a highly accomplished, national or international level, coach or athlete may be exempt from some of the technique and/or performance tests due to a chronic injury. The candidate would need to demostrate his ability to coach the Level II skills effectively.


Regardless of how recent your Level I cert is, in addition to the above Level II requirements you will be retested for Level I: the technique in the six Level 1 basics and the five-minute snatch test. This will recertify you as a Level I RKC for two more years. Note that the get-up will be tested according to the Kettlebells from the Ground Up standard, with a high bridge.

If you fail any of the Level I tests you will not be certified as a Level II instructor, even if you have passed all the Level II tests. You will not be recertified as a Level I instructor either.

If you fail any of the Level I tests, you will be given two months to retest with a Master RKC, Senior RKC, or RKC Team Leader.

Certification Workshop

July 8 — July 10, 2011
Fri: 8:30—6:30,  Sat: 8:30—6:30,   Sun 8:30—4:30
St. Paul, Minnesota


Register on-line or call 1-800-899-5111 for credit card orders.

Mail check to Dragon Door Publications, 5 East County Rd B, #3, Little Canada, MN 55117

Tuition: $2,495.00

$300.00 Cancellation Fee, no exceptions.
No refunds on cancellations after June 24, 2011

Workshop Code # WPKB61
Workshop reference: July 2011 RKC II Certification Workshop

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