Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Promoted to RKC Team Leader

Do you know how hard it is to keep a secret like this?!

I have been promoted to the position of Team Leader in the Russian Kettlebell Challenge. This is a big honor for me and I worked myself halfway into an early grave to get it. Someone asked me today how this compared to being promoted to Sergeant while I was in the Marines. I put this over that. Why? Let's face it, if you hang around the Corps long enough and don't punch too many officers or shoot yourself in the face you'll most likely pick up Sergeant eventually. This was different. I had to have a narrow focus and stay on the ball. It reminds me more of when I was involved with Kajunkenbo, a Martial Art with it's roots in Hawaii. Average time to black belt in our school: 5-7 years. Sometimes longer. When you put in your time and passed your belt test, you still had to 'take' your belt from the head instructor. He would say it too, "You're going to have to take this from me." You had to reach out and yank the thing out of his hands. One time a guy didn't pull hard enough and he told him to try again next week, he obviously didn't want it enough.
I had to take this, and I did want it. The process of earning it however, is not over.


  1. Wow Jordan, nice reference to Kaju (Kajukenbo). I've had to "take" a couple belts in that art myself...even after literally fighting at least 2 or 3 guys for it too (with bare knuckles by the way).

    Another congratulations in about a week's time. Great work! Another BIG promotion for you.

    RKC has high standards for sure. I myself also had "take" my instructor's cert in San Jose. No free passes in this school (of strength) either.

    That's what makes this stuff great.

  2. Hey Jordan, Congratulations on a tremendous accomplishment! RKC Team Leader responsibility is HUGE and the RKC promoted the right guy.