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The Kettlebell Snatch

Dragon Door Blog Post - RKC Snatch Test

The RKC Snatch Test has been a part of the RKC certification process for as long as I've been involved, and that's over two decades.

For good or bad, it is something that everyone must complete if there are going to be called an RKC.

The test has changed quite a bit since the first time I took it. If I remember correctly, the first time I took it you needed to do 78 consecutive Kettlebell Snatch with one hand switch. What that meant to most, was to do as many Snatches as possible with the right hand, and then do the remainder with the left hand. I think I did 50+ with my right hand and then did the remainder with my left hand. Sounds bad, but it was actually worse. I did the Snatch Test at least two times that weekend (03 days of continuous training). By the time I did the test the final time my hands were wrecked and it was early on Sunday morning. A small group of us were outside, in the cold rain and sleet, having our last go at it. It was a memorable experience...

Today the Snatch Test requirements are a little more civilized: 100 Kettlebell Snatch in 05 minutes. You can change hands as often as you like and you can even put the Kettlebell down to rest and catch your breath. Once again, this is much better situation than what we started with 20+ years ago! It's still tough - but it is doable with solid preparation and instruction.

If you want to read my thoughts on the RKC Snatch Test, please take a look at this blog post on the Dragon Door Website.


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