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Michael Krivka


Phone: 301/404-2571
Gaithersburg, MD
United States 20878
10 out of 10 (328 reviews)
Michael A. Krivka, Sr. is a Washington, DC native who has been involved in Kettlebell training since 2001. Mike has traveled extensively throughout the United States teaching Russian Kettlebells to military and law enforcement personnel as well hard-living comrades. In addition to teaching over 20+ workshops and clinics a year he logs several hundred hours a year teaching and training with Russian Kettlebells. He is also a Level I CrossFit Trainer and was part of the team teaching the first CrossFit Kettlebell certification course in San Diego, CA in August 2007.

He is married and the father of two boys (Mak, Jr. and Jak) and he runs a CrossFit affiliate (CrossFit Koncepts), a martial arts school (Martial Arts Koncepts), and a kettlebell training consulting firm (Kettlebell Koncepts) that provides consulting to law enforcement and military organizations on physical training and defensive tactics. His martial arts background spans early training in Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Wrestling, Western Fencing and Gung Fu and has culminated in over 20 years of training in JKD (Jeet Kune Do Concepts) and the Filipino Martial Arts (Kali, Escrima and Arnis) under Guro Dan Inosanto and others instructors.

His kettlebell training facility, CrossFit Koncepts, is located in Gaithersburg, MD and offers daily group and private instruction in both Russian Kettlbells and the CrossFit training methodology. CrossFit Koncepts is unique in the CrossFit community in that all of the WOD's (Workout of the Day) are done primarily with Russian Kettlebells. While intially scoffed at by die-hard Crossfitters they are quickly convinced of the brutal effectiveness and efficiency that Kettlebells bring to the workouts.

Please feel free to contact Mike (either by phone or email) for more information about group, team, individual and private instruction.
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10/10 Never done learning
By Daniel Harvey / Woodbridge, United States

I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor for my HKC. Not only did we go over the movements at length, we broke those movements down into smaller movements to really understand what was happening. Probably the best takeaway was that although he was and is clearly an expert, he stated that he’s never done learning and improving.

10/10 Master Kettlebell Guru
By Brian Buturla / Norwalk, USA

Michael takes the time to make sure you get it right mentally - physically and his spirit for teaching is second to none. He takes everyone to the party and teaches from a place deep within his own heart. Everyone has their reasons for picking up a kettlebell but Michael gives you no reason to be anything short of your true potential. He is hell bent on it, nothing else matters to him. He is precision in motion, a great example and a true guru: remover of the darkness and ignorance for all that are luck to be around him. Educators like Michael are very special and need to be recognized beyond the Master Level as being cut from a very different cloth.

10/10 Indian Club/Mace workshop @ CrossFit Koncepts
By Matt Begansky / Silver Spring, USA

When my schedule allows it, I always tend to jump on any offerings at CrossFit Koncepts. Being a personal trainer, I understand the importance of forever being a student. Mike is an incredible coach and mentor, who is patient and passionate about his craft. I have dabbled with Indian Clubs in the past, but I never received any concrete training on them. It was a no brainer for me to attend this workshop and learn Indian Club progressions. On top of all this, Mike mixed in mace movements. The mace blew me away. Simply said, a fifteen pound mace is a humbling experience. It's a Molotov cocktail of strength and mobility. My shoulders never felt so good before. Since Mike's workshop, I have programmed Indian Clubs into my daily practice and pre-workout routine. I highly suggest attending his next workshop. You will definitely walk away with skills to build mobile, resilient shoulders. Matt Begansky Iron Stella @ The House of Fitness Personal Trainer, RKC II

10/10 Mike Krivka is the BEST
By Roger Sherman / Pensacola, United States

My sport is rowing. I taught myself. It took almost 10 years, lots of $, and a succession of coaches before I found one who was able to break all my awful self-taught habits and teach me the proper stroke. The secret was to make it logically understandable. I also taught myself kettlebells. Luckily, I drew Mike as my first coach and learned right from wrong in one day (LONG day) and at a fraction of what I spent in time and money on rowing.He dis-assembled my "technique," dusted off the pieces/parts, and put it all back together in a way that made perfect physical and intellectual sense. I cannot say enough about this guy and his ability to get through the haze that most of us experience in learning techniques/procedures.

10/10 Great Instructor
By Rocky Kitzmiller / Virginia Beach, USA

Mike is truly a great instructor. He not only has the knowledge and ability to teach the material, but he makes it entertaining as well. He is thorough with what he teaches and relates it to real clients. His instruction was top-notch and plan to have him assist me in training for my RKC.

10/10 A true master.........
By Laura Dow / Arlington, USA

I have had the pleasure of working with Master RKC Mike Krivka for my HKC. He is a true master in every sense of the word. Armed with years of experience, not only with kettlebells but also in martial arts and CrossFit, Krivka emphasizes proper form, safety and sound biomechanics in addition to offering numerous tips and effective strategies. Plus he's an all around decent human being. If you have the chance to train with him, take a workshop or hear him speak, do it. Not to be missed.

10/10 Wonderful Teacher
By Mark Reed / Lebanon, United States

Mike Krivka led my RKC and is a wonderful teacher. He is intense, precise, demanding, and completely committed to the success of each individual participating in the training. He is tough because it matters, he wants us to be safe and to represent RKC (and him) well. I struggled during the training with too much arch on my snatch and clean. Mike stood about a 18 inches in front of me and told me to clean and snatch. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little scared but my arch problem cleaned right up :)? Mike trusted me more than I trusted myself. Mike made himself available to support each of us after the training was completed.

10/10 Amazing, Down-to-Earth Instructor
By Chris Heskett / West Chester, United States

Michael is an amazing instructor that breaks down all of the movements into simple steps and can work will all levels of experience. He also gives real life examples, tells stories, and jokes around which makes the workshops much more interesting!

10/10 Impressive!
By Derrick Johnson / Bowie, usa

Mike gave us a lot of good information regarding proper technique. My glutes are still sore I'm ready to take KB training to the next level....

10/10 Great Coach
By Halil Erkol / Levittown, United States

I recently attended one of Mike's workshop and he was great. He knows how to get your attention, he shows everything with details and demonstrate. I wish I could train with him more often.

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Dragon Door Interviews Mike Krivka, RKC Team Leader

Dec 17, 2012 08:14 PM

Dragon Door: How did you find kettlebells? Mike Krivka: I first saw kettlebells back in 1986 at the Russian Embassy in downtown Washington, D.C. I was learning Sambo from a bunch of really grizzly old Afghan vets who worked as spooks and spies. Previously, I had studied Judo and Jujitsu, but wanted to learn Sambo, because of the emphasis on ankle or knee locks to disable the opponent. At the Embassy, I noticed some kettlebells sitting in the corner, though at the time I had no idea...

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