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April 2016

Kettlebell Ballistics Workshop - 04/16/16


This workshop is a literal “master’s class” in kettlebell ballistics. Attendees will be immersed in the techniques, theories and application of kettlebell ballistics that far exceeds what they have experienced at any other class or certification.  They will be exposed to progressions, regressions and corrections that will greatly expand their understanding of these fundamental techniques.  Not only will their own technique improve, but their ability to teach the techniques will improve as well. Don’t be satisfied with be moderately proficient with these techniques when mastery is within reach!

What are Kettlebell Ballistics?

Kettlebell Ballistics are kettlebell techniques that have an explosive component as the driver behind them. In particular this refers to the kettlebell Swing, Clean, Snatch and Jerk. These four techniques form the backbone of many athletes’ overhead training program.

What more do I need to know about Kettlebell Ballistics?

The Swing, Clean, Snatch and Jerk are all closely related; cousins not siblings. They all share some characteristics but unique in their own right. Unfortunately, most people develop different techniques or movement patterns for each technique. This causes confusion and inefficient learning and development. This workshop will help you develop awareness of technical faults caused by setup, loading and unloading, structure and mobility issues of the athlete. With these concepts in hand you will be better prepared to train and teach them.

Can you answer the following questions?

  • Are Ballistics dependent upon competency in the Grinds?
  • What is the most important attribute that needs to be developed in order to master the Swing, Clean and Snatch?
  • What is the most important attribute that needs to be developed in order to master the Jerk?
  • What is the real purpose of the Hinge?
  • What is the role Maximal, Minimal and Transitional Tension in Kettlebell Ballistics?
  • Is your training preparing you for today’s load or for tomorrow’s load?
  • Do you understand the relationship between Primary, Secondary and Tertiary power systems and how they are applied?

If you can’t then you need to attend the Kettlebell Ballistics Workshop!

The Instructor

Michael Krivka is a Master RKC (Russian Kettlebell Certified instructor), one of only a handful in the world. He has over fifteen years of experience training with and teaching Russian kettlebells. He has extensive experience teaching all levels of kettlebell users and has trained everyone from Tier One Spec Ops personnel to Soccer Moms. He is also the owner of CrossFit Koncepts and the author of several books on kettlebell training and strength and conditioning.

Workshop Details

When: Saturday April 16, 2016 from 10:30 am to 04:30 pm
Location: CrossFit Koncepts 16720 Oakmont Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Cost: $120/person if pre-registered by 04/10/16; $150/person after 04/10/16
Information: Contact Michael Krivka at 301/404-2571 or
Prerequisites: HKC, RKC, RKC II, SFG I or II, CrossFit coach or trainer, or experienced kettlebell user

"Discipline equals freedom"

Jocko-willinkThat quote is from a gentlemen named Jocko Willink, who happens to be a highly decorated Navy SEAL.  The name is probably not familiar to you unless you are either in the Spec Ops community or are a follower of Tim Ferriss' website "The Four Hour Workweek". Jocko wrote book, along with another SEAL (Leif Babin) titled "Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win".

Jocko is an intimidating looking (and sounding) guy and has been known to tap out twenty guys on a regular basis during a BJJ workout.  He has also proven himself in the field by leading one of the most highly decorated Special Operations units in the Iraqi War.  He has taken those experiences and used them to build a rock solid leadership and management philosophy. Even if you are not in management, but find yourself in a leadership position on occasion, you will benefit from the lessons in the book.  Even if you aren't interested in leadership theory, and you want to get some insight into what the war in Iraq is all about, then you will benefit from reading this book.

Take some time and check out the podcast on Tim Ferriss' website and you will hear Jocko tell about his time in Iraq, training with the SEALs, and his book.  NOTE: this podcast is 2.5 hours long.  I put it on while doing some research online and found myself stopping to listen and pay more attention on several occasions.  I'm sure you will enjoy it as well.