For Whom The Bell Toils: Words to Lift By. A blog for all KBC-trained instructors, their clients, and kettlebell/fitness enthusiasts everywhere.
There Is No Finish Line
Those who've worked with KBC know we often compare KB training to martial arts, Yoga, Pilates, boxing, dance. . .and any other skill that takes a lifetime to "master" (if you can ever, really, truly use that word in the first place.)
The wonderful thing about kettlebell training is that the core foundations--the core lifts--are fairly easy to teach your clients once you know what you're doing both academically and physically. This makes the barrier to entry quite low.
But once they get proficient and stronger. . . then what?
Are able to take them to where they need to go next?
Look at Girevoy Sport athletes who study their entire lives on perfecting just two lifts for competition--the snatch and clean and jerk. Can you therefore honestly say you've "learned" kettlebells after a weekend? Or after 5 years? Or 30 years?
Similarly, you can't say that you've "mastered" or "learned" dance or Pilates or martial arts either!
When referring to his own style, Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee said,
Before I studied the art, a punch to me was just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. After I learned the art, a punch was no longer a punch, a kick no longer a kick. Now that I've understood the art, a punch is just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. The height of cultivation is really nothing special. It is merely simplicity; the ability to express the utmost with the minimum. It is the halfway cultivation that leads to ornamentation.
And as we all know. . .Bruce Lee's life was cut tragically short. Where would he have gone had he lived? The possibilities boggle the mind!
Where will YOU go?
As a kettlebell practitioner? As a fitness professional, as a Mentor/Teacher to your clients?
We hope to see you soon.
What are your thoughts?