These are the home pages of the Finnish Kettlebell Association.
FKA is a non-profit organisation, and our goal is to promote kettlebell lifting and Girevoy Sport in Finland. We have been arranging GS and kettlebell events since 2007 and have participated in many international competitions. Here you can find a complete database of all competitions the Finns have participated over the years.
If you have questions, please contact us through the forum or by commenting or via email addresses you find on the contact page.
The short version of the known history of Finnish Girevoy Sport
1888 the Finn Karl Fazer wins a weightlifting competiton in Russia, jerking a one pood kettlebell 197 times
Around late 1990′s or beginning of 2000, kettlebells get re-introduced in Finland.
- Marko Suomi is the first Finn at the GS World Championships
- Finland starts to take part in NAKF’s Cross World events
- Harri Lilja is the first Finn at the GS European Championships
- first commercial GS workshop in Finland
- the Finnish Kettlebell Association was formed to promote kettlebell lifting and GS
- we arranged 2 events for the NAKF’s Cross World, had participants from many cities/towns.
- we also arranged one Long Cycle event
- our first ever team was at the Ventspils Atlants Tournament in Latvia
- our first 5 GS coaches (IUKL) were educated in Ventspils, Latvia by Vasily Ginko
- arranged one local NAKF’s Cross World event in March
- we participated for the first time in the Baltic Championships in Latvia
- our association is a member of the Finnish Weightlifting Federation since April
- our association is a member of the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting since April
- Kukka Laakso and Simo Kurvinen bring the first medals from international competitions
- Kukka Laakso competed at the Arnold Sport Festival in Columbus USA
- the first National Championships in biathlon
- Hosting the World Championships in Tampere
- the First National Championships in Long Cycle
- the most popular Christmas present is a kettlebell and by the end of the year every gym in Finland offers kettlebell classes in some form. More and more people get familiar with the possibilities it offers.
- Kukka Laakso publishes a book Monday Soldiers (together with Varpu Tavi) and throws a basic instructions class tournee around Finland teaching dozens of people the basics of lifting.
- By the end of the year we’ve had all together almost 200 competitors participating more than 50 events.
Below: Ryhti Long Cycle 2011 (photo Simo Kajalainen)
In Finland, the governing body of Girevoy Sport is the Finnish Weightlifting Federation (www.painonnosto.fi). Our association is a member of that federation.
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