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Workshop cancelled – but we got a good excuse!

A quick heads up,

The Level 1 and 2 Kettlebell Lifting workshops scheduled for this weekend are cancelled.
Dave’s wife is fast approaching the end of her pregnancy, so will not be holding any workshops for the next few weeks.

Saying that, the eBooks that you would have received by attending are available from the Shop page ata reduced rate of €5.99 each. They contain the exact content taught, with the same level of detail. Each lift is broken down into maneagable chunks and illustrated with some excellent photography.
Check them out here:

Level 1 – The Basics – Swing / Squat / Snatch

Foundation level lifting ideal for Beginners and those working with beginners.

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Level 2 – The Core – Turkish Get Up / Clean / Push Press

Building on the foundation with more detail on the Swing and introducing the finest core training drill you’ll ever come across, the Turkish Get Up

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Level 2 Kettlebell Workshop – The Core Lifts

Since the success of the last two Level 1 kettlebell lifting workshops, we are pleased to announce the 1st of the Level 2 workshops.
This will advance on the knowledge and skills gained in the level 1.
You will take the swing from 2 handed to 1 handed and then into the Kettlebell Clean.
You will take the Kettlebell Press into a Push Press.
This will then be cemented in place by a short workout using the Clean & Push Press.
You will also learn one of the most beneficial lifts of any style of training:
The Turkish Get Up.
All the lifts on the level 2 will strongly work the core, developing a strong and resilient midsection. Strengthening the core is vital to developing strength and power in other areas.
As with the previous workshops the money will be donated to
I’ve recently been told that Lia has turned 5years old and has beaten the odds again at Crumlin Childrens Hospital.
The workshop is open to everyone who has completed the Level 1 course, or those who have a grounding in Kettlebells and wish to improve their technique.
See you on March 28th, 12 noon.

Level 1 Kettlebell Workshop

All proceeds from this will be added to the €200 already raised from the last workshop in aid of the Lia Stem Cell Fund
Other news:
Our BJJ coach has asked if he can run a weekend workshop, we’ll have more on that as and when he confirms dates with us.
Plus we are in talks with our various coaches from Muay Thai, Judo, BJJ and Greco about running a Clinch workshop. This will be one not to be missed, hopefully we’ll have a date in the summer for that.
087 672 6090

Level 1 Kettlebell Workshop – Lifting for Lia

On the 2nd Feb a group of fighters and fitness enthusiasts all gathered together at Wild Geese HQ for a Kettlebell Basics workshop.
It’s something I had been promising for a while, but as I’m so busy, often forget to arrange until too close to the date.
This time though it was different.
Our resident Kickboxing coach, Ronan McSweeny, had actually requested that I run a workshop as he’d seen me using them, had a go and thought, this could help his fighters.
So he put word out amongst his crew and then said “Dave, need to run a workshop”
Who am I to argue with the Irish, 4 Nations and World Full Contact belt title holder?
We set a date and I got to work.
The result was a cracking afternoon with attendance from a wide range of people, Kickboxers, Brazillian JuJitsu players, Mixed Martial Arts fighters, fitness enthusiasts and Donal, our intrepid Judo Coach.
There were one or two cancelled late on but have since paid up and one or two who handed over cash even though they knew they wouldn’t be in attendance.
Why would they do such a thing?
Because all the money raised on the day was to be donated to the Lia Stem Cell Fund (, I’ve written about this poor girl before, but please click the link, you’ll find a whole heap of info on fundraising events and even instructions on how to donate directly into the fund.
We raised a little over 200 on the day. Future workshops will raise even more.
But back to the day….
After a joint mobility warm up participants were taken in detail through the three foundation movements in kettlebell lifting, the Squat, the Swing and the Press.
Over a 2 hour period the gathered crowd learned, listened, asked questions and practiced these drills until each and every one of them had a thorough understanding of the hows and why’s of the methods taught.
This all culminated in a short workout using the same 3 moves.
I’ve since decided to call the workshop my Level 1. I will be expanding on this with further workshops until the participant has enough knowledge and experience under his or her belt to become a certified instructor.
Unlike any other certification I’ve seen, the completion of the workshop does not guarantee a pass. I will expect you to teach a seminar or class of beginners (including myself) before the title of Coach is bestowed upon you.
It is a title that can and will be rescinded if misrepresented.
At Wild Geese we take our reputation very seriously.
That said, I will be running another Level 1 workshop on the 7th March, between 12 and 2pm.
Cost will be 20 per head, all going into

To book your place email or phone Dave on 087 672 6090


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Kettlebell Basics Workshop – 7th Feb

IKFF & IUKL-IKSA Kettlebell Coach Dave Hedges will be teaching the basics of Kettlebell lifting.

This compressed 2hour workshop will cover:

  • The Kettlebell Swing
  • The Press and variations
  • The Front Squat

No experience is necessarry to participate in this workshop.

Numbers will be limited to ensure quality of instruction.

The cost of the workshop will be €20 (discounts for WGMA members) which we will donate to the Breaking For Lia fund in accordance to this post :

Location: Wild Geese Martial Arts (see for map to location)

Date: Sun 7th Feb

Time: 1600 – 1800hrs

Cost: €20, discounts for WGMA members.
All procedes will go to the Breaking for Lia fund (