Per the request of fellow RKC II, Steve Freides, Dr. Mark Cheng is shown demonstrating the bottoms-up or pistol grip version of the Turkish Get-Up with a 16 kg (35 lb) kettlebell. Dr. Cheng first tried this variation at the Level 1 RKC in April 2007 where he served as an assistant instructor.
The bottom-up version requires a mix of grip strength and balance, and is NOT to be attempted until the regular Turkish Get-Up progression is mastered. One of Dr. Cheng’s kettlebell students, Guro John Spezzano, is shown in a separate clip demonstrating Dr. Cheng’s “Tactical” TGU progression for combat martial artists & tactical operators.
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