- New rules for the organization of international championships:


 It is requested not to exceed double the event per number of athletes for a country


Exemple :

- France = 10 athlétes = 20 maximum test

- Poland = 20 athlétes = 40 maximun test

an athlete can do 4 events if these partners are only one event, but the maximum number of events per country must not be exceeded

Exemple :

- France = 5 athlétes = 10 mamimun test ( one athlete is 6 and 4 athletes are 1 each = 10 amximum )

- Competition price for 1 event: 50eu

- Competition price for 2 events: 85eu

- competition price for 3 events : 115eu

- compétiton price for 4 events : 145eu


For the judges it is asked 1 judge for 2 athletes by country minimum


Exemple : 

- France = 10 athlétes = 5 judges minimum


- For the ranking of the 3 best countries:

only the elite (open + veterant = open class + vétérant 1 + vétérant 2 = all athletes who have an obligation to validate the CMS.) world championships are taken into account , the amateurs and the kid's do not fit in the ranking of the top 3 countries .


- After discussion with the managing board Andreas Jakobsen Spyridon Katsigiannis and me) we decided to change (for 2019). we are no longer asking for the annual 100 euro. but it will be requested by the author (CMS, MS, Mswc and record.) for the important work of the secretariat and pay the IKMF website. Some athletes were surprised to learn that I do not ask the competition organizers for money. that I am the only federation president to do his. The policy of IKMF is different. we are fed up with politicians who think about money and power before thinking about athletes. it's the athletes who make the sport. without them we are nothing. And we want to make it understood to all.

thank you for being with us






There are 2 formats for official competitions:

30 min – KETTLEBELL HALF MARATHON ( 1 kettlebell and 2 kettlebell )
60 min- KETTLEBELL MARATHON ( 1 kettlebell )
In both cases, if an athlete puts the kettlebell down before the time is over, he is disqualified.

1 kettlebell multiple hand switch 

For athletes who do not have the elite level (CMS, MS, MSWC) and for kid's and juniors. An international amateur championship is organized at each continental championship and world championship. We will use for this competition a coefficient to determine the winners.


There are 4 disciplines for competition events to chose from:

  • Jerk ( 1 kettlebell and 2 kettlebell )
  • Long Cycle ( 1 kettlebell and 2 kettlebell )
  • Snatch ( 1 kettlebell )
  • Half snatch ( 1 kettlebell and 2 kettlebell )


Age is calculated according to the athlete’s year of birth, NOT the actual birthday.

There 9 age groups: 

  1. Kid's 1 (7-10 years )
  2. Kid's 2 (11-13 years )
  3. Junior 1 (14-16 years )
  4. Junior 2 (U19): 16-18 years
  5. Open division: 19-39 years
  6. Veteran 1: 40-49 years
  7. Veteran 2: 50-59 years
  8. Veteran 3: 60-69 years
  9. Veteran 4: 70+ years

Athletes are always allowed compete in the open division at their own risk and decision

juniors can participate in older age groups (only with parental permission.

Kid's and Juniors 7-16 years old can compete at the international amateur junior championships .


kid's from 7 to 10 are not subject to the coefficient

Kid's and junior from 11 to 18 years are subject to the coefficient

There are 3 weight divisions for all other athletes (U19 to veterans):

  • -60, 60-70, +70kg for women
  • -75, 75-85, +85kg for men

in competition, only one person in the same weight of kettlebell , age category and movement



  1. Competitors must wear appropriate footwear and attire.
  2. Athletes must compete with bare hands.
  3. Long arm tops and pants (even skin tight) are prohibited.
  4. Shirt sleeves must not cover the elbows.
  5. Shorts must be above the knee.
  6. Competing in bare feet or open-toed shoes is prohibited.
  7. A weightlifting belt, no wider than 12 cm, may be worn on top of clothing.
  8. Wrist wraps, no wider than 12 cm, may be used.
  9. Neoprene knee sleeves or knee braces and elbow sleeves are allowed.
  10. Headphones are not allowed.
  11. A chalk belt may be used.
  12. Competitors must take care of their own magnesium chalk needs. The venue does not have to supply chalk.


Each repetition counts for 1 point. The athlete with the highest point wins his division.

In the event of a tie, the victory will be awarded to the competitor with the lowest bodyweight at the time of weigh-in (or in some cases, after the flight is over).

NOTE: the Ultimate Girevik League uses a kettlebell size coefficient system and other specific rules.


  1. Each competitor is allowed to designate one (1) person as their coach/ assistant.
  2. An assistant may give chalk, water or food to the athlete while he rests in a legal position or keeps on lifting.
  3. Assistants must stay by the judge’s table or behind the athlete until called upon.
  4. A coach is not allowed to speak to or interact in any way with the platform judge.
  5. A coach is not allowed to speak to, harass, or try to distract another competitor in any way.
  6. Coaches must conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times. No outbursts of profanity are allowed.
  7. If a coach violates any of the above rules they will be asked to leave the coaching area immediately, and will not be allowed to coach any other competitors for the remainder of the event. Any subsequent violation will earn instant removal from the venue



For Long cycle, Snatch and Half Snatch, a repetition starts from below the waist.
For jerk, a repetition starts from the rack position.

For all disciplines, a repetition is executed with a single hand on the kettlebell and ends with the kettlebell fixated in the overhead lockout.


  1. arm legs and hips are fully extended
  2. the body is aligned
  3. the body is motionless*
  4. the kettlebell is motionless

Fixation is the end of the rep ( 1sec approximately )  and is the final factor for the judge to be able to issue a count. It proves proficiency in the lift and keeps the event fair.
The athlete must have total control over the kettlebell and his body in the overhead position.

A noticeable short pause, without rotation, wobbles or drifting must be displayed.

* The free arm does not need to be fully motionless, as the athlete may be applying chalk and so on…


The athlete must face the judge.

Alignment is reached when the lifter is standing up straight (legs, hips and arm in full extension), squared up and the kettlebell is directly over or behind the shoulder.

There must be NO excessive side lean or rotation. Shoulders, hips and knees must face the same direction.

Lack of alignment results in a no-count.

Athletes that have issues to lock the elbow must take the issue with the judge before they lift, and every lockout must look the same.

Please observe
If the athlete is unable to fixate the kettlebell once it has reached the proper alignment, the judge will still issue a “no-count”.


A digital or verbal count is given by the judge when the athlete gives a satisfactory repetition in a given exercise.
Proper fixation and alignment must be displayed by the athlete before a count can be given.


A “no count” is typically given for a violation happening between the start and finish of a repetition.
If a “no-count” is given, the athlete must return to the starting position. The judge may give cues to help the athlete.

Some examples of why a judge may issue a “no count”

  1. there is a definite press out to the lockout
  2. there is no second dip in the jerk
  3. there is no fixation in the overhead position
  4. there is no alignment in the overhead position
  5. not marking the rack position (Jerk and Long Cycle)
  6. supporting the kettlebell with the free hand
  7. supporting the body with the free hand
  8. performing the wrong exercise
  9. performing a swing between reps (-1 per swing)
  10. switching sides incorrectly (ex: without a swing or with excessive swings)
  11. lightly scraping the floor with the kettlebell (kettlebell remains in motion)
  12. not facing the judge
  13. violating the rules in any way

A penalty is a violation that typically happens after a count has been given, between a finished repetition and the start of a new one.

Some examples of why a judge may issue a “-1 penalty” (or a “no count” on the next rep)

  1. supporting the kettlebell OR the body with the free hand on the way down from the lockout
  2. doing 2 swings in a row or more (-1 per swing)


Terminating a set before the clock runs out voids the athlete’s results: the athlete is disqualified and his score becomes “0”.

Throwing or dropping a kettlebell intentionally will result in an instant disqualification.

The “Stop” command is issued if:

  1. resting in the same illegal position twice (2 times)
  2. the kettlebell is put down on the platform
  3. the kettlebell touches the platform with a visible full loss of motion
  4. the athlete steps off the platform
  5. the athlete’s technique is deemed unsafe (the judge may issue a Warning first)

If a verbal “Stop” is given, the athlete must set the kettlebell down and remove himself from the platform area without disrupting the other participants.

If a competitor lifts the kettlebell from the platform before the “START” command, they will be issued the command “STOP AND RESTART” by their platform judge.
The competitor must then place the kettlebell back down on the platform surface and start their set again.


It is allowed:

  1. to rest in the rack position (all disciplines except snatch)
  2. to rest in the overhead position (all disciplines)

It is prohibited:

  1. to rest with the kettlebell on top of the shoulder (skeleton bearing the weight)
  2. to rest in any type static hang position
  3. to rest in any type of rack position in “Snatch”, including on the shoulder or doing a half snatch.

In case of a violation, a no count warning will be issued for the first offence only. If the athlete violates the same rule twice, the judge will issue a “STOP” command.

NOTE: Resting position rules do not apply to extreme marathons (hors competition events) 


It is permitted to adjust clothing, clear sweat, scratch an itch, drink, apply chalk etc…

It is not permitted to:

  1. stabilize or support the kettlebell with the free hand
  2. use the free hand to support or assist in the execution of the exercise in any way (ex: hand on the thigh or place the knee on the platform)

In case of a hand violation, a no-count or penalty will be issued.


Switching side can only be done with a SINGLE hand to hand swing (technically a half swing on each side), except for jerk (only) where the athlete may chose to clean the kettlebell with 2 hands.
Switching sides in any other way will result in a “no count/ -1 penalty”.
Switching sides is unlimited and at will.

Swinging the kettlebell without attempting a lift (ex: between reps, before a switch, after a switch) will result in a “no count/ -1 penalty per swing”. (For ex: 2 swings = -2 points)
The only exception to this rule is at the start of the set. The athlete is allowed 1 free swing off the ground, before his 1st rep.

Jerk and Long cycle (Vidéo)

Santch and Half Snatch