Brittany is the Head Coach of Kettle bell Sport at KOR Strength and Conditioning in San Diego, California. She has traveled all over the world to teach Kettle bell Sport workshops.
Team placing is determined by the results of individual participants based on rules and regulation of hosting organization. The participant is invited to the platform at least twominutesprior to the beginning of his/her flight.
Each properly executed repetition is accompanied by a signal of the platform judge. The judge declares the signal as soon as all parts of the body of the competitor become motionless.
If the competitor conducts a foul or violates any rules of the technical performance, the platform judge can issue a “no count” or “stop set.” If a competitor cannot completely straighten elbows due toanatomicaldeviations, or medical condition, he/she should inform the platform judges and/or jury before the beginning of the flight.
The JERK is carried out from the following starting position: kettle bells are fixed on the chest, arms are pressed to the trunk, legs are straightened. Kettle bells are then launched into the overhead position and arms, trunk and legs should be straightened.
Legs and kettle bells should be in line and parallel to the plane of the body. Important note: fixation is punctuated by a dedicated, visible stop of the kettle bells and the athlete.
LONG CYCLE uses the same rules as JERK, but the “STOP” command is issued when the kettle bell touches the platform. The performance of the Snatch is carried out in one step from the starting position between the legs.
The participant should swing the kettle bell in a continuous movement upward into the overhead position and fixate. Fixation is achieved when the kettle bell is in the overhead position and arms, legs and trunk are straightened.
The legs and kettle bell should be in line and parallel to the plane of the body. After fixation, the platform judge will issue a point, and the competitor will lower the kettle bell to the starting position between the legs without the kettle bell touching any part of the trunk.
The weight of kettle bell (s), exercises, timing, number of legs of the relay are defined in the competition rules and regulations. Performance ofexercisesfollows thegeneralrules included in this document.
Performance ofexercisesbegins with the lightweight categories. The participant is authorized to compete only in one leg of the relay. 5 seconds prior to start the control time is announced in one-second increments: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 then the command “Start” is given to participants in the first leg;– 15 seconds before the start of the next leg the judge allows the next participant to come forward;– 5 seconds prior to the termination of the leg the control time is announced in one-second increments: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.– Next, the transfer to the next leg and next competitor is made after the “change” command.
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The sport consists of three main lifts: the snatch, jerk and the long cycle. Jerk and Long Cycle can be performed with one bell or two kettle bells of equal weight.
Valery Fedorenko demonstrates a basic snatch maneuver. The lifter is given tenminutesfor each event to perform as many repetitions as possible.
Biathlon involves the Greek (kettle bell lifter) performing a set of jerks for ten minutes, with at least 1-hour rest, followed by a set of snatches for ten minutes. Long cycle involves the Greek performing a set of clean and jerks for ten minutes.
A competitororganizationof lesser importance is the International Girl Sport Federation (GSF), founded in Limpets, Russia but currently based in Ukraine. The American Kettle bell Alliance is also a member of the International Union of Kettle bell Lifting and represents American athletes in international competitions including the world championships, which is the largest and most prestigious annual international kettle bell sport competition in the world.
International Kettle bell Marathon Federation (IMF) hosts competitions using the traditional lifts (One arm--jerk, snatch, long cycle. It also organizes World Championships (individual and team (club affiliation)).