Sunday, September 16, 2007

Reflections on Day 3 RKC

Ok, it has been a busy week and I am just getting to reporting on the third day of the RKC experience. I knew today was going to be a great experience with the graduation workout at the end.

The day started off on a depressing note, two members of my team did not meet the snatch test standard. I have no doubt that after a good couple of weeks rest, and application of their newfound technical skills, they will pass the snatch test and become RKC instructors.

Cindy Glass (Trained by Rif to prepare for the RKC, no less!) from Team Brown was selected to represent her team in the form/technique competition. It took a lot of courage to get critiqued in front of over 60 trainers. Cindy did not win, but performed well. Way to go, Cindy!

Reviewing all the drills with the team showed how far they had all come in such a "short" period of time. Nothing can beat proper instruction from qualified instructors! Learning from a dvd is like learning martial arts from a book.

Everyone got team up with a volunteer "victim" from the surrounding community to get a free kettlebell lesson. All of the team members performed well, despite one having a "difficult" volunteer to train. Then, it was time for Jon Engum to lead the graduation exercise! I almost forgot how far the distance was for the graduation exercise. First, there was the double clean wal/farmer carry of approx. 150 yards. Then the turnaround was the swings and walking push-presses with the double 24kgs. (double 16s for the females). What a blaster! Everyone finished with great intensity and drive. It was very motivating to see. I have attached some video clips of the event!
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