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Dragon Door/RKC sponsors legendary MMA fighter, Fedor Emelianenko in upcoming battle against Dan Henderson, on Showtime

Dragon Door, the originator of the modern kettlebell movement and the world’s premier site for Kettlebells, strength conditioning and advanced fitness resources, is proud to announce its sponsorship of legendary fighter Fedor Emelianenko in his upcoming battle against Dan Henderson on July 30th at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, IL.

The fight will be broadcast at 10:00 EST on Showtime:

Shrouded in mystique in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, many aficionados have hailed Fedor as the greatest to ever do it, the Muhammad Ali of his sport. He remains one of the most fearsome and talented heavyweights in the world — and practically a national hero in Russia. The Fedor-Henderson fight is being heavily advertised and promoted in the homeland and some fans are calling it ‘Fedor’s Second Coming’.

Dragon Door launched its RKC kettlebell training system in 2001, sparking a worldwide revolution in effective strength and conditioning for elite athletes, martial artists, military and all those seeking a supreme level of functional fitness.

Dragon Door’s RKC programs offer a wealth of kettlebell information for generating superior strength and power — including books, seminars, training certification programs, equipment and DVDs. Many of the resources are considered modern classics, including Enter the Kettlebell: Strength Secret of the Soviet Supermen written by former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor Pavel Tsatsouline.

American hardmen of all stripes were quick to recognize what their Russian counterparts had long known — nothing beats the kettlebell, when you’re looking for a single tool to dramatically impact your strength and conditioning.

“This is an ideal fit for our team,” writes John Du Cane, Founder and CEO of Dragon Door . “A great believer himself in kettlebells, Fedor embodies strength and power, and that’s what our company has been all about for the past 20 years — no gimmicks or fads, only hard work and training that builds resilience, strength and power.”

Look for Dragon Door’s RKC double-eagle logo displayed on Fedor’s shorts on fight night!

As originator with Pavel Tsatsouline of the modern kettlebell movement, Du Cane has spent decades building the world’s most informed and proficient community of kettlebell instructors, now in 43 countries and every U.S. state.

Dragon Door/RKC offers Certification Workshops the globe — from Budapest to San Diego to Philadelphia, to Korea to Belfast — providing the highest quality kettlebell instructor program available. Pavel’s Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification Workshop gives professionals a crash course in Advanced Strength Skills, ignites new business opportunities, and propels attendees into the front ranks of physical excellence. An enthusiastic following of leading fitness and athletic authorities, trainers, doctors and therapists around the world have supported and attended their workshops since 2001.

Hello again everyone.  Hope the holiday season is treating you well and allowing you to look forward to spending some time with the ones you love.

Today’s blogpost is the 2nd in a 4 part series of DVD’s taken from a workshop that included Mark Reifkind, Tracy Reifkind and David Whitley.  Today I review the DVD, “Deepening Your Get Up Skills” by Master RKC David Whitley.

David has EXTENSIVE knowledge of many lifts.  It is his mastery of the Turkish Get Up that allows him to be able to perform and master the more extensive lifts.  He makes a very valid point that all kettlebell lifts has roots back to the get up and the swing.  Master the get up and the swing and then the clean, snatch, press, squat, and all RKC level II exercises will come much quicker and with less risk.

I feel that this DVD is is vital for those of you who are training for your Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification &/or your Russian Kettlebell Certification as it complements Enter the Kettlebell program in your training by teaching you the finer points of the RKC Turkish Get Up that you will be tested on at HKC/RKC.  Believe me I know!  I worked with David on my getup skills and performed many of the drills he has on this DVD.  When it came time for me to perform the Turkish Get Up at RKC in August of 2009 I was fortunate enough to receive a compliment on my technique by Pavel himself!  If you follow this video and work on your limitations in your get up, passing the technique portion of your HKC/RKC will not be an issue.

Secondly,  all the finer drills and cues that he uses in the video will help you to remember proper technique but will also allow you to be able to use them with your clients to help them understand & feel what proper technique in every stage of the TGU should feel like.

Last but not least I have a secret to tell you about with his DVD.  He also shows his mastery of the bent press.  Of all the RKC’s that I have worked with, David’s mastery of the bent press is hands down the best I have seen and he shows such precision in his technique.  He also gives VITAL drills to help master the bent press technique as well.

I highly recommend David’s DVD – Deepening Your Get Up Skills DVD and am really seeing how beneficial this DVD set would be to someone who is training for HKC/RKC and those of us who want to develop mastery of the lift as well as have those drills to help our clients perform the movement efficiently.  Every RKC/HKC (current and future) should have this set in their library.

Hello everyone.  I hope all of you had a good Thanksgiving weekend and have made sure to take time to reflect on all the things you have to be thankful for.  I sure did.

This blog is one of four reviews I will be doing of all 4 DVD’s that were just put out by Mark and Tracy Reifkind and David Whitley.  You would think naturally I would first review my mentor and long time coach Master RKC David Whitely, but actually I started with the DVD that I thought would help me to work on one of my weaknesses.  My shoulder stability and strength.

So naturally I began with Lats, the Super Muscles by Master RKC, Mark Reifkind.  Mark is extremely knowledgeable about injuries (he has had them), anatomy of the muscles and how they coordinate with each other, and really helped to explain to me how the Lats are a bridge between the upper and lower body.

His drills that he demonstrates within the DVD will help develop anyone’s kettlebell exercise technique.  The drills alone helped to improve my swing, ESPECIALLY my clean (weak point), and my press.  I will continue to revisit these drills to make sure that I am using my lats properly in my lifts.  They will be especially helpful in my training for RKC Level II (pull up, half bodyweight press and etc).

I truly believe that there are individuals out there that have a weak press or even a painful press that would greatly benefit from this DVD.  Besides for $29.95 it is a steal and should be in all RKC/HKC’s library collection.

Great Article by Geoff Neupert, MRKC about increasing gains in 60 minutes per week
Terrific article by Goeff in the new Hardstyle Magazine (Page 5-PDF download)

One thing I absolutely love about Dragon Door is they give you a full preview of what they have. Nothing I want more when I am making a purchase is to get a full understanding of what I am buying. You can check out Geoff’s “Kettlebell Muscle” book that just came out and see a full table of contents, same with other works like “Convict Conditioning” by Paul Wade and even a breakdown of every DVD in the CK-FMS series.

Keep up the great work Dragon Door. I probably would not have purchased as many products if you would not have given me such a terrific preview.
Mark Snow, MA, RKC, ATC, FMS-C, PES

 Convict Conditioning How to Bust Free of All Weakness—Using the Lost Secrets of Supreme Survival Strength

Hello everyone out there, hope all of you are doing very well.

Today I wanted to give my review of a book that has been very popular among us in the RKC community.  Paul Wade is an ex con who spent a significant period of time behind bars.  His only means of keeping in shape and IMPROVING his strength was by learning from other veterans in prison and by using body weight exercises.  Not only was this a way for him to improve his strength but it was a way of training for survival.

The first part of the book gives a vivid picture about how “Convict Conditioning” came to be and how Paul survived behind bars in one of the toughest prisons.  He speaks in detail about the lost art of training (especially bodyweight training) in a world that resolves around making training easier by using machines, improper technique and shake weights :).

We are in a time an age where our generation on one end is trying to kick its ass into submission with no thought towards technique and the consequences the body will take, to the other end where we try to find the simple, least taxing method of training where there is no need for stabilization of the kinetic chain while training (machine weights).  Both of these systems disconnect the body, the one pushes the body too hard to where it is going into survival mode and technique is terrible, to the other where the load is not near enough and the set up only allows you to work one body part at a time.

The next part of the book he speaks on the “Big Six” movements: Pushups, Squats, Pullups, Leg Raises, Bridges and Handstand pushups. Not only does he paint a vivid picture about how the end goal should be but he also provides his “Ten Steps” approach to getting to the ultimate goal of strength.   This is an ideal approach for individuals, personal trainers/strength coaches, and rehabilitation specialists because he provides the proper progression to achieve proper strength.  In our classes we have used different steps of knee tucks, push ups, pull ups to correspond with the members skill level.  This allows our members to get the most out of their training without under/over training where load is not enough/or too much that technique may fail.

The nice thing about Convict Conditioning is that it takes a simplest approach to training the body as a whole.  Anyone can begin this approach to training from kids to senior citizens.  No extra load is applied and the body in a step by step approach is trained on how best to use its own body weight.  Isn’t that the way it should be?  The book also follows the same type of approach as the RKC system as where proper movement comes first instead of applying more load.

So I highly recommend that everyone/anyone purchase Convict Conditioning.  Very good read with good progressions.  It can be used like a workbook when you are working on progressions of your own and your clients.

If you need more recommendations try reading the ones by Pavel Tsatsouline, Brett Jones, and Gray Cook.

For the Female Fitness Enthusiast who is interested in getting started into kettlebell training:

 For the Male Fitness Enthusiast who is interested in getting started into kettlebell training:


  • For the fitness enthusiast with kettlebell experience:

  • Return of the Kettlebell-Explosive Kettlebell Training for Explosive Muscle Gains

For the rehabilitation specialist:


 My personal Christmas List!

What’s on my wife’s Christmas list

  • Viking Warrior Conditioning-The Scientific Approach to Forging a Heart of Elastic Steel: An Application of The Theory Behind ProperVO2max Training


If all else fails you can go with a Gift Certificate!