MARCH 16th, 17th & 18th, 2018

Kettlebell Sport


Kettlebell Sport, also known as Girevoy Sport or GS, is a weightlifting sport performed with kettlebells that originates from Russia.  Unlike Olympic or Power Lifting which is about maximal weight lifted, the sport of kettlebell lifting is classified as a cyclical sport where competitors have to lift a submaximal load, and perform as many repetitions as they can in a 10 minute time frame or longer to become champion. Only 1 hand switch is permitted in a single kettlebell 10 minute events but you can multiple switch in kettlebell marathon events. There are 3 classic kettlebell lifts which are performed which include the Snatch, Jerk and Long Cycle.

Schedule includes Two Kettlebell Sport Competitions, Kettlebell Sport Showdown demonstration and Juggling performances!

In 2017 we had two competitions at the third Arnold Sports Festival Australia which include the “KBA Melbourne Open Championship” – Stage 4 World Grand Prix & the “1st IGSF Australia Cup”.  In addition Kettlebell Sport Demonstrations included an epic Kettlebell Sport Showdown and Kettlebell Juggling Performances with International World Champions. Some of Australia’s top kettlebell sport athletes, teams and other outstanding international world champions competed at the event. You will witness spectacular displays of extraordinary power and strength endurance, mental focus plus more. The Arnold Sports festival KBA/WKCA WGP Championship was an event open to lifters Australia wide and around the world to all federations, unions, associations, countries, communities and clubs who promote kettlebell sport.


This event showcased a variety of Kettlebell Sport events using the Kettlebell Athletica/Ketacademy Ranking Table. All rules and regulations were in accordance with the World Association of Kettlebell Clubs and Kettlebell Athletica. Lifters needed to perform a certain number of repetitions/points in their weight class to achieve an official International rank. Ranks from Professional to Beginner: MSIC Master of Sport International Class, MS – Master of Sport, CMS – Candidate for Master of Sport, Rank 1, 2 and 3.  Athletes also competed to Win Medals and qualify to represent Australia at Worlds!

Ranking Table Link:


The 2017 Arnold Sports Festival Kettlebell Sport competition was also the official qualifier for Australian athletes who want to represent Australia and compete at the “25th IGSF World Championships” held in Greece this year, and qualifier in 2017 for the “3rd IKMF Kettlebell Marathon World Championship” held in Italy. 


Snatch, Jerk, Long Cycle, Biathlon, Kettlebell Marathon and Kettlebell Relay.


Women: 53, 58, 63, 68, 68, 73, 73+

Men: 63, 68, 73, 78, 85, 95, 105, 105+


Male Lifter:  Professional 32kg & 40 kg, Amateur 28 kg & 24kg, Novice 20kg & 16kg

Female Lifter: Professional 28 kg & 24kg, Amateur 20 kg & 16kg, Novice 12kg & 8 kg


Athletes had the opportunity to compete in multiple events.

One Event $120, Second Event $60
, Third Event $30

Registration link here:

Kettlebell Sport and/or send email to  

All registered athletes will receive a FREE Expo event pass.


Kettlebell Athletica is the official Australian partner club to the “World Association of Kettlebell Clubs”, “Ketacademy”, and the “International Girevoy Sport Federation” and will bring together professional, amateur and novice kettlebell sport athletes to compete in one of the most highly challenging power endurance sports in the world at the third Arnold Sports Festival Australia. The International Kettlebell Grand Prix World Tournament series is being held by organizing club competitions in different countries according to the calendar of the WAKSC.

Arnold Classic Kettlebell Sport Captain Jad Marinovic – Australia’s 1st Master of Sport International Class, 1st Kettlebell Sport Marathon World Champion, 4 x MS, mulitiple National and World Record Holder. Founder of Kettlebell Athletica, and International representative of WAKSC, IGSF, IKMF and ASM Vityaz.

WAKSC Director Sergey Rachinskiy – Honoured Master of Sport, Honoured Coach of Russia, Master of Sport International Class, 9 x World Champion, 12 x Champion of Russia and 7 x Guinness Book Record Holder. Director Eurofitness Gym and WKCA.

Kettlebell Sport Demonstrations and Training with World Champions!

Come and see the Kettlebell Sport demonstrations at the Arnold Sports Festival Australia to learn more about Kettlebell Sport with world Champions.

Kettlebell Sport Workshop: The Introduction to Kettlebell Sport will cover Kettlebell Sport in all aspects including Jerk, Snatch and Long Cycle by Sergey Rachinskiy, Sergey Merkulin and Jad Marinovic.

Kettlebell Sport Showdown: Get ready for an epic Kettlebell Sport showdown at the Arnold Sports Festival Australia with International Russian World Champions!  Sergey Rachinskiy vs Sergei Merkulin 2 x 32 kg face-off!

Kettlebell Power Juggling : Kettlebell Juggling Showcase will be at the Arnold Classic including with Oksana Nikifor and Jad Marinovic!

Sergey Rachinskiy – HMS, MSIC, HCR, 9 x World Champion, 12 x Champion of Russia and 7 x Guinness Book Record Holder!

Sergey Merkuln – Sergei Merkulin is a HMS of the Russian Federation and World Record Holder! 15 times Champion of Russia, 16 times champion of the world! 5 times European Champion.

Jad Marinovic – Australia’s 1st Master of Sport International Class & Kettlebell Marathon World Champion, 2 x MSIC, 4 x Master of Sport, multiple champion of  Australia, and World Record holder. Jad is also Australia’s Kettlebell Marathon pioneer.

Oksana Nikifor – 6 times world champion, 5 times champion of Europe, 11 times champion of Russia. Master of  sports in kettlebell power juggling. Oksana will be celeberating 20 years of kettlebell Power Juggling at the  Arnold Sports Festival Australia.


Ketacademy Kettlebell Sport Certification with World Champions Sergey Rachinskiy, Sergey Merkulin and Jad Marinovic  will be on the 21st and 22nd of March. Kettlebell Power Juggling Workshop and training with Oksana Nikifor. For more information please send email to and/or event page:


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