So a few posts ago, I asked for suggestions from readers as to how I can make this blog more interactive, useful, and entertaining. An anonymous poster has given me the great idea of using it for expressing my personal views, beliefs, and rants! This person, actually 2 people, commented on my video of my 40kg turkish getup. (If you would like to familiarize yourself with the comments regarding this video, click here.) Both of these people have 2 things to say. First, because I did not lower the bell slowly after each rep, I was in danger, and therefore, my performance of the repetition was "dangerous." Second, because I did not follow the dogma of the RKC, I am not equipped to teach kettlebell training. So, now that you got the background on my video and these 2 anonymous poster's comments, here goes my rant!
thing beforehand though. It needs to be said that anyone wishing to
pick apart my technique, training, and teaching methods should provide
some background as to who they are! It seems to me that any wackjob
could have posted that, and I'm willing to bet that neither one of them
have anywhere near the experience and training I have in strength and
conditioning training. That being said, lets look at the 2 premises
First, if you have ever tried to floor
press or TGU a heavy bell (over 24kg), you are familiar with the large
amount of torque placed on the shoulder and elbow if you try to slowly
externally rotate the bell away from you when you are finished the rep.
It seems to me that a very safe and obvious way to avoid that damage is
to fluidly allow the bell to drop to your side as you move out of the
way. Since the bell is dropped a merely 2-3 inches, and I am moving
away from it as it falls, I am in no danger whatsoever. In fact, when
you have as much martial arts training as I, doing this becomes second
nature. Furthermore, both these jokers are quite arrogant to assume
that I teach others to lower the bell in the same manner during a
turkish getup. Of course, the THOUSANDS of people that I have trained
over the last 13 years would surely confirm that I always encourage
perfect technique and control, especially when you're a novice lifter.
I HATE the dogma that surround the letters "RKC." I have a bunch of
pretty letters as credentials around my name too, but I certainly don't
claim to arrogantly be the standard for all kettlebell exercises and
techniques. I have both met and trained with Brett Jones, and while he
is a nice guy, I certainly do not cling to his every word or movement as
if it were gold. Let's be honest, RKC is just a kettlebell
certification marketed by a BUSINESS, and like any business that
explodes in an untapped market, it has the luxury of proclaiming it to
be the most genuine and perfect expert. Why? Because they don't have
much competition! In the last 2 years, a few more certifications from
rival businesses have popped up, each claiming they are the primary
expert on the subject of kettlebell training. The truth is, none of
them are perfect, nor do any of them have omnipotence over training and
techniques. All of them have something to offer everyone, as we all are
on a continual quest to learn and improve our own training. What I do
works for me. And so far, how I teach others has also worked for me,
AND them. I will continue to learn all I can about kettlebell training,
and pass along what I can to my students, all while encouraging them to
use what works for them, and discarding the rest. Bruce Lee had it
right when he said we must all search for our own truth in training.
And while dropping a 88lb kettlebell 2 inches may not be supported by a
dragondoor RKC, it worked for me! The results speak for themselves, as I
do not know of another trainer personally who can perform such a feat,
all while making it smooth, safe, and near effortless.
Gotta love the controversy!