The Kettlebell Sport community is growing!! Each of these organizations are dedicated to promoting Girevoy* Sport (GS). Traditional GS is a 10 minute set–one switch if a one arm event–can’t put the bell down–using certain weights. (8kg, 12kg, 16kg, 20kg, 24kg, 28kg, 32kg) Some organizations offer versions with different set times or modified rules (any bell weight, unlimited hand switches, etc…) All offer competitions and ranking tables to challenge the lifters to reach goals and Personal Records. Train for an event near you–or in a city you’d like to visit. It’s guaranteed that you will have fun, sweat, work hard and meet some amazingly cool & strong lifters at any competition.
*Girevoy means kettlebell in Russian.
American Kettlebell Alliance (AKA)
American Kettlebell Alliance is a non-profit organization and a member organization of the of International Union of Kettlebell Lifting (IUKL) in the USA. Their main goal is to popularize Kettlebell Sport movement in the US, and the Americas (Canada, Central & South America) with the intent on adding the Sport to the Olympics. Though in World competitions only certain lifts are performed (Snatch & One-Arm Long Cycle for women, Long Cycle & Biathlon for men), AKA has created “Vintage Games” as a competition to include other lifts (Long Cycle for women, One Arm Long Cycle for men) plus mace and club events. AKA endorses the IUKL ranking tables.
BOLT/International Kettlebell Lifting Federation (IKLF)
This federation created the BOLT system which uses all the GS lifts (plus double half-snatch) with a twist in the rules. The scoring is based on raw work volume (#reps X kettlebell weight) plus base volume (total kettlebell weight X 40) . BOLT allows any weight to be used, multiple switches in One Arm lifts and bells to be put down during the set. Five minute sets are offered as well as 10 minute sets. Lifters can participate in all 6 lifts to achieve “Ironman/Ironwoman” ranks. BOLT has its own ranking tables.
Girevoy Sport Union (GSU)
GSU is an organization of kettlebell sport coaches, clubs and athletes with a common passion for the sport from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The union is open to all countries and clubs. The president of the GSU is Anton Anasenko, an HMS (Honored Master of Sport).
International Gira Sport Federation (IGSF)
The IGSF unites sport lifters from all over the world for the international competitions, kettlebell sport promotion and development.
International Kettlebell Fitness Federation (IKFF)
The IKFF is an organization whose goals are two-fold: to promote Kettlebell training and complete mind/body fitness on a global scale, and to support our members in developing the all-encompassing skills needed to accelerate their own fitness and fitness-oriented businesses. IKFF does host GS meets and has a ranking table.
International Union of Kettlebell Lifters (IUKL)
IUKL is kettlebell sport’s official governing body and has a ranking table. Fifty countries are members of this union. Competitions are held internationally with the final World Competition in the fall of the year. IUKL is actively advocating the addition of more lifting events—One Arm Long Cycle & Two Bell Long Cycle for women and One Arm Long Cycle for men to start. Their goal is to popularize the sport and add it to the Olympics.
Ketacademy/World Association of Kettlebell Sport Clubs (WAKSC)
WAKSC developed as a community for individual Kettlebell Sport Clubs to compete as a team. In 2016, OKC & Ketacadmey eliminated One-Arm Jerk and One-Arm Long Cycle for women from the 10 minute sets. Now the women use two bells for Jerk, Long Cycle and Biathlon. Five minute sets are also offered as well as 30 minute (Half-marathon) and 60 minute (Marathon) sets. Ketacademy has its own ranking tables.
Orange Kettlebell Club (OKC)
Founded in California, OKC has grown internationally. In 2016, OKC & Ketacadmey eliminated One-Arm Jerk and One-Arm Long Cycle for women from the 10 minute sets. Now the women use two bells for Jerk, Long Cycle and Biathlon. Five minute sets are also offered as well as 30 minute (Half-marathon) and 60 minute (Marathon) sets. OKC uses the Ketacademy ranking tables.
World Kettlebell Club (WKC)
Founded by World Champion Honored Master of Sport Valery Federenko, WKC has ranking tables that can be achieved through video submission.