Andrey PatenkoAndrey started his fitness training at a young age in the former Soviet Union. Since age of fourteen he participated in national track and field competitions with the Republic of Uzbekistan team. In 1985 he entered Institute of Physical Education and Sport in Tashkent. Sophomore year he was recruited in to the Soviet Army. There he served as a sergeant in a Special Force (SPETSNAZ) for two years, 1986-88. In 1991 he earned a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Sport. Following graduation Russia start work in Perm Regional Central Police Department. There his responsibilities included teaching of special combat skills, self-defense, and firearm techniques. He grew into the role of Senior Lieutenant while working as an instructor for the Regional Central Police Department. All the while he achieved Master status in Russian hand-to-hand fighting. His dedication to fitness and martial arts has led him to numerous Russian and international medals in full-contact competitions. Andrey trained with great masters like Oleg Taktarov (UFC Champion), Vladimir Vasiliev (director and chief instructor of SYSTEMA), Mikhail Ryabko (founder of SYSTEMA), and Pavel Tsatsouline (RKC Chief Instructor).
In 1995 Andrey retired from the Police Department and continued his career as instructor in the commercial security services. He worked as Personal Bodyguard to the President of bank "IMPERIAL" until 1998. In 1997 Andrey was invited with his team to participate in International Martial Arts Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. The friends he made there would invite him a year later to compete in a National seminar, and extended on offer for him to become a Martial Arts instructor in the USA. During the following six years, Andrey worked as a coach and personal trainer in numerous clubs and schools in the Philadelphia area. In 2006 Andrey and his wife went on to establish their own ProForm Fitness Personal Training Company, and has become a leading trainer in Russian kettlebells and Russsian Sytema martial art. He is the only native Russian to hold the very prestigious Strong First Level 2 certification and Systema instructor in the state of Pennsylvania. Andrey trains both private clients and professional trainers using his in depth knowledge of kettlebells and martial arts in achieving overall fitness
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