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European Kettlebell Tour 2010, Part 1

by GEOFFN on June 8

Ok, so I know I haven’t blogged in about 3 weeks.

Sorry about that. I was prepping for Europe – the RKC and my vacation. Both of which, were EXCELLENT.

Let’s get started with the Danish RKC.

My wife and I went together – I taught, she assisted. Very cool to do that together.

We arrived in Copenhagen on Wednesday and got to our hotel at just after 2pm. This was hilarious – I put Courtney in charge of the hotel there and in Paris. The first hotel we stayed in was nice – but as I said, hilarious – because it was on the edge of the “red light district!” And it was across the street from a strip club. Too funny!

Copenhagen is beautiful.

Here are some observations:

  • Never saw an overweight Dane.
  • LOTS of bicycles. One of the attendees said that bike congestion was getting so bad during rush hours that cyclist were actually starting to experience “road rage”
  • People walked everywhere.
  • Food was incredibly tasty and natural. Most was grown locally or within Denmark or surrounding countries.
  • Food is expensive.

I’m pretty sure all those things are related – what do you think?

There were some hitches at the cert – one of the instructors got stranded in New Jersey (bummer about that) because his plane was delayed. So he never made it. Another instructor had food poisoning on Thursday night and so he missed Friday, so Pavel, Kenneth, and I pretty much taught the whole cert. That was fine by me. It went off great, I thought. It was great to see Kenneth too. I hadn’t seen him since last August in Hungary. And my assistants were outstanding too. They were all over technical errors the candidates made before we had even made any of the corrections necessary – which just shows that they were really on their game and had owned the RKC basic six.

Overall the RKC candidates were well-prepared.

Interesting side note – there posture, thoracic mobility, and shoulder health was better than the American candidates. I’m pretty sure that’s because the Danes (and maybe Europeans in general?) are more active than Americans.

I love the RKC and what we teach. It’s great to see a group of individuals who can’t move well or produce force well completely change for the better in 3 days. The “a-ha” moments are priceless. I love watching the “instantaneous” strength increases. I love watching the looks on people’s faces. It’s all just really moving to be a part of something much bigger than yourself. What an honor for me. If you had asked me in 2005 when I got my RKC if I thought I would be doing this, I would’ve had no idea. I thought it was cool, but it wasn’t on my radar.

I really think everyone who uses kettlebells should at least go through an HKC. There’s something to be said for the “hands-on” approach that is just missing or lacking from the video or written material. It’s the kinesthetic portion of the learning – the “do this, not that” – that makes all the difference. Plus, the HKC really enforces the principles within the RKC, which is often time missed or overlooked or discounted in the materials found on Dragon Door. If you’re up for it, go to the RKC. Yeah, it’ll take you about 6 months to prepare for it, maybe longer, but it’ll be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

Overall, I’d give this Danish RKC a big “thumbs up.” It was one of the best RKCs I’ve ever had the privilege to instruct. Big thanks to Kenneth for doing all the leg work.

More to follow…

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