The Art Of Learning

Sunday saw another successful workshop. Sifu Mark Cheng’s visit really brought home the fact that when it comes to teaching and learning, less is more. I scaled back the number of Kettlebell drills, spent more time on mobility and body weight training and everyone seemed to benefit from the new format. Mark is a Master, in every sense of the word. He’s one of those rare individuals who simply wants to spread the word and share the knowledge. This weekend was Hard Style all the way.

When I went to RKC Denmark after a couple of years training on and off with Kettlebells, I really thought I had it all down. Denmark was a serious wake up call. The preparation for the snatch test served me well but once I was there it was the time spent learning how to reverse engineer the art of Hard Style that really made the certification for me.

A year later and McSifu Mark Cheng was sitting on the couch in my living room refining my technique. I had the pleasure of his eagle eye reviewing my performance for two days before the workshops we held. Since March so many aspects of the learning-teaching process have fallen into place.

I continue to subscribe to the walk it as you talk it school of coaching but I find the more I teach the clearer the process becomes, the more I learn.

The workshop participants this weekend were fantastic. A great bunch, all of whom had a reasonable foundation from which to learn and progress. I thank them for turning up and I thank them for making me a better teacher.

I’ve been re-reading Josh Waitzken’s The Art Of Learning and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a great example of what learning should be all about. The joy of exploration.

And what more can you ask for than the joy of learning and shared experience.

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I am a movement maverick, exploring beginner's mind and beginner's body through mobility, bodyweight training, breathwork, mindfulness, kettlebells and martial arts, focussing on self care, pain free movement and resilience. Find suggestions to get you moving over at Want to move with ease and imagination? For individual or group instruction please contact me.
  • Dr. Mark Cheng

    Brother Rannoch, you are only as good an instructor as the student you allow yourself to be.

    In your case, you are an inspired instructor with a passion for excellence in kettlebells. That allowed you to soak in every little detail I left you with, as well as an inquisitive eye for more.

    Scotland is blessed to have you. And now to have Vadim too!


  • Rannoch Donald RKC


    Not OT at all. The book he’s written is excellent. All those experiences in “Searching” were obvioulsy incredibly formative and that certainly comes across in “The Art of Learning”. It’s worth watching some of the clips on his webstie, particularly where hisfather is interviewing him and the obvious bond and humour that they share.



  • Boris

    A bit off topic perhaps, but I loved “Searching For Bobby Fisher”.

    Nice post.

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