Location: United States
Joe Chalakee is not new to training. Prior to founding Kettlebells South Bay and teaching kettlebells in the Torrance he started working out with kettlebells in August of 2007. Originally, his kettlebell workouts focused on improving his performance in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In time, he expanded his use of kettlebells for, cardiovascular conditioning, and enhanced strength and endurance.
Joe expanded his interest in kettlebell training into formal education settings designed to promote specialized knowledge in the subject. In December of 2007, Joe began training with Dr. Mark Cheng, Sr RKC, an expert in the Russian Kettlebells Challenge (RKC) and the founder and Head Instructor of Kettlebells Los Angeles.
After a year of intensive study, Joe became a RKC-Certified Kettlebell Instructor in August 2008 under Pavel Tsatsoline. This has allowed his leadership of Kettlebells South Bay to follow the same established system of proper instruction as found in the RKC.
Joe expanded his teaching credentials to include the growingly popular Battling Ropes training by attending John Brookfield’s Battling Rope Certification in August 2010. In July 2011 he attended and passed Josh Henkin’s D.V.R.T. Certification and in 2013 was asked to join DVRT Mater Trainers. In November of 2011 Joe earned his Certified Indian Club Specialist certification with StrongFirst Chief Instructor Brett Jones. January 2012 he added the TRX Instructor to his qualifications as a trainer. Later that year he would receive his SFG level 1 Kettlebell instructor certification. In July 2014 he added Suples Fit Bulgarian Bag Certified Instructor and October 2016 Suples Pro Instructor with Ivan Ivanov.
Joe has been teaching kettlebells to hobbyists, martial artists, and fitness enthusiasts. In addition to his fitness training certifications, he holds a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Andre Vasconcellos of the Carlson Gracie Team and a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate from James Yabe Sensei 8th Dan.
Joe is also a former professional BMX racer with ten years of experience. He offers beginner, intermediate and advanced training. He is also available for private and small group training.
RKC Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor 2008
Battling Ropes 2010
DVRT Level 1 and 2 2011,
Certified Indian Club Specialist 2011
StrongFirst SFG Level 1 2012
DVRT Master Instructor 2013
Bulgarian Bag Suples Fit 2014
Suples Pro 2016