>If you instantly thoguht of Bill Murry’s “Dr. Peter Venkman” from Ghostbusters then you, my friend, are on the level. Everyone else go swing in the corner.

Sitting here entertaining my dog I had a smashingly good idea. And as you may soon determine for yourself, this is just the wisjful wish of a kid who never grew up.

Given the recent deraptures from the Senior RKC pool, I have gotten to thinking about the possibile restructuring that may result from such swift and influentioal changes. Well, I had a vision, a VISION of a new billet within the RKC ranks that will not carry the weight of a Senior RKC title, but all of the responsibility. A pool of X number trainers who have elevated/separated/distinguished themselves from their peers in the RKC certified instructors. This crew would attend all RKC Weekends in a rotation, so as to keep them fresh and well rested for thier two-or-so trips to St. Paul each year. These “RKC Instructor Trainers” would most likely be expected to uphold a set of standars organic to thier position, and be active within the community with respect to using the methods we use as a vehicle to improve the health and fitness of those willing to accept our help. Writing articles and having fully functioning websites or services, and being a presence on the DD online forum both as a giver and reciever of information is likely to help.

The Senior RKC title is quite soemthing to achieve, and to the three newly appointed SR’s, Rif, Kenneth and Tommy, I salute and do snatches for you all. What I also believe to be a responsibility of EVERY RKC is to introduce “what we do” to anyone who is willing to listen and learn, as though WE ARE the ultimate representation of what DD is offering. Though I have been certified many months fewer than many other trainers, I am aware that there are far more of US, the ground pounding RKC infantry, than there are Senior Instructors. So while they have responsibilities to fulfill to themselves, theier students, and other forces in the KB universe, we are 95% of the time what your future KB convert will encounter the first time they see or touch or hear about kettlebells.

We, as a school of strength and as philanthropic sadists who ride in swinging Iron Balls must treat every moment we can as the time when you may have a huge impact on someone’s life. If we elevate our game individually and as a unit, those who reach a Field General status will be just as honored to lead as they were to serve. That, my friends, is what makes a team strong.

Pressing and pulling,
Will Williams

>Woke up this morning, had a Blue Moon in your eyes. . . . . . .I woke up singing the Sopranos theme song. Despite serious spasms in the muscles surrounding my neck, and a pain relieving medication induced Fog that I slept through last night, I woke up in a great mood. Today is my 28Th birthday. Hooray for my Dad for not protecting himself in the spring of 78. I’m sure he had Zeppelin II on the turntable and a 6 pack of Miller Hi-Life to set the mood, so Dad, I salute YOU today. And Mom, though you’re never, ever on the World Wide Web, I thank you too. Cause without your sluggish metabolism and genetics which forced me to take up weightlifting in the first place, I would not be where I am today. And, Oh yeah, you were both really supportive of all my decisions and didn’t stand in my way when I turned 18 and Joined the Marine Corps and I love you guys and All that hooey.

For the REAL meat and potatoes of this post, first get familiar with what is happening in the World of Dragon Door publications. YIKES! Woke up this morning, and received ANOTHER straight up shock. Comrade Steve Maxwell tendered his resignation as a senior RKC. Unreal, I know. The Two Steve’s gone in a matter of a day. Gone to better themselves in another arena, I’m sure. Gone to take what they have learned and weigh it against other knowledge, and create something great, I’m sure. So Godspeed, Boys!

Yet I find myself concerned with the state of the Party. Should Sensei Pavel address the party? Should we all become familiar with what actually happened? Or should we thank the kind sirs for their help over the years, and let the dust settle? I think that the question I posed in yesterdays Post is now even more valid.

What can we as RKCs down in the trenches do to help the RKC System grow? Everyone who is here now, and those will are attending any of the RKCs this year are already familiar with the impact Steves Cotter and Maxwell had on the RKC program, as well as the contributions of the Recently Departed Mike Mahler and the seemingly expatriated Jeff Martone. AS well as the help given by Rob Lawrence and the Honorable SSGT. Nate Morrison. We don’t need to have a funeral for those dudes, we need to honor their work, recover the fumble, and break for the end zone. I’m sure that all of the gentlemen I just mentioned wish nothing but the best for us and would love to see positions of leadership filled by men and women, no , Strength Athletes, who want to help others by teaching, leading, and also, learning.

Now is the time whjen outstanding RKC Instructors will be given more responsibility and chosen to head up operations that will further the growth of kettlebells and overall well being in this great world. Remember, kettlebells are only one ingredient in the recipe. Steve Cotter trained with KBs after earning much respect and notoriety as a martial artist. Steve Maxwell trained with KBs to become a better Jiu Jitsu teacher/competitor, and, hell, Dragon Door offers a lot more than just KB resources. Qi Gong, nutrition, and general health are also large components of the dragon door menu.

SO I raise my Earl Grey to you all, and toast the future of any and all endeavors that may help any and all of us improve ourselves, our skills, and our ability to create, deal with, and commemorate change.
Never forget where you came from, as my dad would say, drinking a Hi-Life and listening to Led Zeppelin II.

Respect to you all.
Will Williams

>Blogs. Well, I guess I finally did breakdown and set up and online diary. Since that is effectively what this is. Just because it is password protected and not stashed under your pillow does not mean this is not a diary.

Thank you all for coming, I will try to make every entry worth reading for one reason or another. Though I am a self indulgent prick sometimes, I will try not to display that here. This is just as much your time as it is mine. With that said, here is how I’d like to help you today. Stand up and stretch your self out. reach your arms up overhead, squeeze your butt cheeks tight and reach your head back as far as you can. Now go get a tall glass of water.

All set? Poifect. I am going to St. Paul in 12 weeks! I am all full of stoke for this one. This is my second time assisting at the Russian Kettlebell Challenge certification weekend, and will be the fifth time I have attended an event held by Dragon Door Publications. I have had the honor of working with Pavel, Mr. Du Cane, Senior RKCs present and past, and three or so hundred trainees and supporting players in the last 2 years.

I then direct my question to all of you out there who’ve attended the RKC: What can I do as an assistant that will elevate the learning experience for these fresh young victims? I am grateful for the chance to head back out to Minnesota as a helper Elf, and to re-certify, and I believe I made a difference in several people’s experiences last year. However, I want to know what else can be done.

I carried water and kettlebells, and untwisted the wires of the headsets. Yet I think there may be some things that the attendees need, but are afraid to ask for. So, if you can conjure up a memory or two, and shoot me a reply, I would be in your debt eternally, and do 20 Beast Swings for every response.

Email me at will@mainlinekettlebells.com or respond to this post.
Strength and Honor,
Will Williams