About AKA

American Kettlebell Alliance is a non-profit organization and a member organization of the of International Union of Kettlebell Lifting (IUKL) in the USA. Our main goal is to popularize Kettlebell Sport movement in the US and in the world.

AKA is growing fast in membership, affiliated gyms, and competition teams all over America and around the world.Our focus is to help make Kettlebell Sport an Olympic Games event one day. Through hard work and your support we believe this is possible


The American Kettlebell Alliance (AKA) was formed with a simple purpose: to promote the growth of world-class kettlebell lifting in the Americas.  Two years after its formation, the strength of this purpose has propelled the AKA to become the largest and fastest growing kettlebell sport organization in the Americas.

The goal of the AKA is to promote kettlebell sport in accordance with international (IUKL) standards by supporting individual athletes, coaches and clubs. The AKA achieves this goal by:

  • Providing information about kettlebell training, techniques and skills
  • Organizing workshops, clinics and professional certification programs
  • Sponsoring tournaments and other competitive events
  • Publishing a unified ranking table based on international standards

Today, the AKA is recognized as the USA’s official member organization to the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting (IUKL), the sport’s governing body.  As an international group, we also strive to strengthen friendship and cooperation between nations though competitive sport.
As kettlebell coaches and athletes, we recognize the health and fitness benefits of kettlebell lifting for athletes of all ages.  We actively promote the development of sport mastership among athletes at the junior, adult and senior levels.

The AKA is a nonprofit organization. Membership is free and open to individuals as well as clubs. We welcome all to join who share the goal of promoting kettlebell lifting.

All members are independent but agree to hold competitions according the highest international standards.  Members may charge participants and spectators whatever they wish for such events and keep any profits; AKA does not charge fees or require any payment from members.


The AKA was founded in January 2012 following the IUKL World Championship held at Premier Fitness in Nanuet, New York, on September 17-18, 2011.   This groundbreaking event  attracted top athletes from around the world.  Inspired by its success, a group of kettlebell sport enthusiasts decided to form the AKA and selected Yuri Petunov and Alexander Bodrov to lead the organization.
Two events were organized by the AKA in 2012, and six here held the following year.  In 2013, for the first time ever, an official team was selected to represent the United States following the first IUKL/AKA USA National Championship.  Fifteen athletes represented the US at the IUKL World Championship in Tyumen, Russia on November 20-24, 2013.  The team performed well, and the kettlebell world took notice that the U.S. had arrived on the international stage.

This year, the AKA will hold over 20 events in the US, including the first-ever Pan-American Championship at the Arnold Classic, and the IUKL World Cup at Mr. Olympia.

Growth has continued for the AKA, with representatives now established in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argnetina that are helping to build the organization and promote kettlebell sport throughout the Americas.  Athletes in these countries are attracted by the quality and professionalism of AKA and its commitment to building the sport.

All of us at AKA are looking forward to continuing this momentum as we build the sport and develop champion kettlebell athletes.

AKA is registered in Delaware and registration number is:
ID# 453535248 File# 5144260 State of Delaware, USA