***taken from DragonDoor.com
Pavel Tsatsouline, Master of Sports, is a former physical training instructor for the Soviet Special Forces, currently a subject matter expert to the U.S. Marine Corps, the National Nuclear Security Administration/U.S. Department of Energy, and the US Secret Service.
Once a nationally ranked kettlebell lifter in the USSR, today Pavel leads the Russian kettlebell invasion of the US. Power by Pavel, Inc. spreads kettlebell propaganda through print and Tactical Strength, Inc. “explains it manually” in workshops.
It all started in 1998 with Pavel’s subversive article, Vodka, Pickle Juice, Kettlebell Lifting, and Other Russian Pastimes, in MILO: A Journal for Serious Strength Athletes. The article was extremely well received by the most ruthless critics in the iron world. Pavel’s publisher John DuCane took a leap of faith: “You write a book and I’ll make traditional Russian cast iron kettlebells in the US!”
2001 was the year of the kettlebell. Dragon Door published Pavel’s The Russian Kettlebell Challenge and forged the first US made Russian style cast iron kettlebell. RKC, the first kettlebell instructor course on American soil, kicked off. Finally Pavel, a kettlebell in his hand, was voted the ‘Hot Trainer’ by Rolling Stone.
In the words of one of the most respected names in the strength world Dr. Randall Strossen, “…Pavel Tsatsouline will always reign as the modern king of kettlebells since it was he who popularized them to the point where you could almost found a country filled with his converts…”