Wednesday, March 13, 2013
What is SFG?
I can't believe it's been almost 1 week since my last post, but I've been kind of busy! Before I get into all of what's been happening to me the past couple of months I want to share a little bit about this past weekend. I will be writing more about how I was prepared and how I was not prepared! But first I'll share with you a portion of the speech Mark was asked, by Pavel, to write and deliver at the first SFG. It was originally broadcasted live on Saturday, but I took this while sitting front row with my iphone!
This past weekend I participated in the first ever Strong First Girya Kettlebell Certification Course. This past year Pavel Tsatsoline, the man that brought kettlebell training to this country,, and his system of learning how to build strength, parted ways with Dragon Door and "RKC" (formerly Russian Kettlebell Challenge and/or Certification), the first company that published his books, and helped him teach others his methods while leading Instructor courses across the US as well as Internationally for going on a decade now. Pavel, with the help of CEO Mark Toomey, started his own company, SFG (Strong First Girya) when he realized the direction with his former partnership, Dragon Door, was not in line with what his teaching and training philosophy were about. Moving on...
My husband, Mark Reifkind, was given the title of Master Instructor by Pavel in 2008 (one of only 5 MRKC's at the time) after being a Senior Instructor since 2006, and there was never a question in his mind that he would also leave DD's "RKC" and move forward with Pavel's "SFG". Mark was given the honor of teaching at the very first SFG KB Certification course and I was honored by an invitation to participate as well by going through the course as a student.
It has been three years since I last earned KB Certification in San Jose, Feb 2010. You can earn re-certification 2 ways. If you qualify, you can assist a Senior or Team Leader during a three day certification course, or you can, like anybody else, pay to attend and participate during the three days. Since 2006 I have assisted three times and gone through the course, including this past weekend, three times. I've also been lucky enough to have been at another handful of courses accompanying Mark (I never get tired of listening to him teach! Lucky me!).
This was by far the most challenging. This is not for everybody! How is it different?
Over the years Pavel, along with his Master and Senior Instructors, constantly updates his methods and techniques to reflect the most simple and direct way of learning how to become strong, and how to teach others the skill of strength. "Strength is a skill" and should be trained as such, is the core of Pavel's original system. And this past weekend, strength, coming into the weekend strong, was at the forefront, and we were expected to deliver. And I'm proud to say that I am, in fact, "SFG!"