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Steve Cotter



2009.11.19 17:25:56

It has been so long since I have blogged. My apologies for that and many thanks to those of you who have persevered. My travel and teaching schedule is immense right now, bringing me all throughout Europe, Asia, South America, North America. You name it, if there are kettlebells or if there will be, I am teaching there. It won’t be slowing down any time soon, with more courses in Los Angeles, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, India, LA again, Boston, Barcelona, Australia, Thailand, Germany, Italy again and South Africa, just in the remaining months of 2009.

As such, I have been delinquent in keeping up with the blogging. Things are going great, however busy, and among other things a brand new IKFF website is weeks away from going live, which will make the blogging much easier and frequent, with blogs from myself, Ken Blackburn and other guest bloggers.

In the meantime, here is a new video demo I did with Sean Croxton, the Underground Wellness Coach, in our hometown of San Diego.
  
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2009.11.19 16:40:29

What a fantastic course in Toronto on Saturday!I was invited and hosted by Shawn Mozen, the founder and leader of Agatsu, the leading Canadian-based kettlebell education program, and the person credited with bringing kettlebell training to Canada.

http://www.agatsu.com

Shawn and I had only met one time before over 6 years ago in St. Paul, MN when he and I took Pavel Tsatsouline’s RKC course together. What I remember most was how terrified this French-Canadian was while riding in the back seat of my rental car. Apparently he was not used to the California driving style, hahaha.

So it took 6 years, but Shawn finally recovered enough from his memories of the Streets of St. Paul to contact me a few months back to invite me as a guest presenter at his Agatsu Kettlebell Certification (AKC) Level 2 and Canadian KB Convention Weekend. He asked me to come out, however made it very clear that he would be driving, or basically anyone but me.

Shawn takes no prisoners and apparently beat his sterling group of Level 1 instructors with something he called Tabata Sprints. Something about runs up a ski slope followed by Tabata calisthenics! So, many of them were quite sore when they arrived for my Full KOntact Kettlebells workshop the next day. However, they are Canadians, and they are tough. After a thorough warm-up mixing dynamic mobility exercise, footwork drills and plyometrics, they were warm and ready to get to work.

I will say I am extremely impressed with every last participant. What a fit and eager group, it honors me so much that Shawn arranged such an outstanding group. So we had a lot of fun swinging and jerking and cleaning and squatting, mixed with animal movements and all sorts of ranges of movement. Some qigong to regenerate and rejuvenate and before we knew it, 7 hours or training has passed and we called it a day!

As a professional, I am so impressed with Shawn, the job he had done developing his business and his service, and the attitude he shows. He is a true leader.  There are those with leadership qualities, however not true leaders because when push comes to shove, they cannot take the heat. To me, true leaders lead from the front and are always students of the game, students of life.

In the fitness business, egos tend to be very fragile. Often leaders of industry will be very insecure about their position and wish to control all around them. Shawn is the opposite, which is why I respect him so much. He didn’t have to, however he opened his program to me. That shows that he has a lot of confidence in his own abilities and security in what he is and what he is not, that he is able to bring a guest instructor to his students and give me full reign to teach what I wanted and how I wanted. It didn’t matter whether or not I might have different way of teaching a movement or even a different philosophy about how and why to do things a certain way.

It is very encouraging to interact with leaders like Shawn, because it means that there are others with vision enough to see that the most productive way is to work together and learn from each other.

Also I wish to thank Dhani Oks, an awesome gentleman who was gracious to allow us to use his gym, Crossfit Toronto West: http://www.crossfitgyms.ca

It is a great venue for training. If you are in Toronto area or passing through, check out Dhani and his gym.


  
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2009.11.19 16:31:28

During last weekend’s CKT course in Ft. Myers, Jared Glenn and Louis Searcy show some of the traditional acrobatic conditioning methods that are a part of the Chang Hung Xi Sui Gong Kung Fu Association’s broad body of information. In modern times these types of training methods don’t serve as much of a practical application as thing such as firearms have rendered the need to defend against traditional sword and spear attacks obsolete. However they still offer value education with regard to coordination, overall conditioning and body toughening. Plus they are fun and entertaining.

 

 

You’ll see that Jared is doing springs without use of his hands, which requires a very strong and flexible neck. Later you’ll see Louis Searcy show some neck bridging variations that have allowed him to dominate in the various grappling and Chinese Wrestling tournaments he has won. Both of these young men are outstanding students as well as talented kettlebell instructors, and make the gong fu family proud as well as the IKFF to have such standout young men involved in our holistic mind-body methods of health, fitness and well-being.

NOTE: This is NOT a training video or suggestion, it is purely for entertainment and education


  
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2009.11.19 16:26:44

These days I am everywhere, spreading the good word ;-)

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, or so the story goes.

Had some fun times in Finland while training and afterwards. I want to give special thanks to Marko Suomi who has always been a great friend and host to me when I have come to Finland and has been a top ambassador to the modern revival of kettlebell lifting across the globe. Everyone in the kettlebell world knows Marko and if you haven’t seen it, you should have a look at his excellent and informative blog:

http://marksgs.wordpress.com

Also, thanks to Tuomo Kilpeläinen who hosted myself and John Wild Buckley for the first-ever CKT Level 1 certification course in Finland. Tuomo is probably the hardest working man I have ever met, John and I were impressed by his ingenuity and constant entrepreneurial spirit. Tuomo sells high quality equipment and training services at http://www.voimatoimi.net

In addition to a lot of hard work during the days, at night we had fun, although there was hardly any nights at all, with daylight almost around the clock in Oulu.

Here is some of the fun we all had while Marko and I bear wrestled:

 

I guess if the bear-fighting doesn’t work out I can just keep the suit on and market myself as a fat-loss expert!


  
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2009.11.19 16:01:04

June 5, 2009

I have been getting a lot of inquiries from students in Japan who wish to invite me for a course.

Recently I did an interview with a Japanese website/blog.

For your reading pleausre, from the heart:

http://gaijinkettlebell.wordpress.com/


  
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