Introducing the SCC

by Al Kavadlo on September 8, 2015

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Why SCC? By Al Kavadlo

When my brother Danny and I teamed up with Coach Wade and Dragon Door to unveil the Progressive Calisthenics Certification in 2013, we knew we were on to something big.

Coach Wade’s Convict Conditioning series had already established itself as the #1 calisthenics program in the world, and my book Raising The Bar was doing very well among calisthenics enthusiasts who wanted to, well, raise the bar with regards to their pull-up training.

These books exposed a huge new audience to moves like the human flag, one arm pull-up and muscle-up. The demand for a hands-on, in person experience to better learn these skills (and be able to teach them to others) was coming to a boiling point. In late 2011, Coach Wade, John Du Cane, Danny and myself began planning the PCC curriculum and assembling what would become the 600+ page manual.

When we finally conducted the initial PCC workshop in June of 2013, the reaction was even better than we had anticipated. Over 50 trainers, coaches and enthusiasts showed up for our first event and the positivity was through the roof! A good time was had by all and PRs were continually set throughout the weekend. Connections were formed that have not only persisted, but grown stronger to this day. Everyone came away from the weekend having learned a great deal–myself included.

Dragon Door CEO, John Du Cane, remarked to me after that initial weekend that typically in his experience, most certs take about 2 years to get the kinks ironed out. “But you guys knocked it out of the park this first time!” he added.

PCC has been rocking ever since, but there was something missing…until now!

What is SCC?
SCC stands for Strength Calisthenics Certification. It is Dragon Door’s one-day, entry-level bodyweight certification, based on Coach Wade’s “Big 6” foundational calisthenics movements: push-ups, pull-ups, squats, bridges, leg raises and inversions. Although an adequate level of strength and conditioning is required to get the most out of the course, the testing is far less severe than for the PCC. All you need to do in order to pass is demonstrate a baseline of calisthenics competency by completing the following in less than 3 minutes:

SCC Testing Requirements

Why SCC?
With PCC going full steam ahead, the number one concern we’ve been hearing from potential attendees is that the 3-day PCC curriculum can be a bit intimidating. Not everyone feels ready to embark on advanced modules like the human flag, back lever or muscle-up. The SCC is the perfect choice for anyone who needs more focused attention on the basics. Others simply can’t afford to commit an entire three days to taking the certification, but are still interested in gaining a legit credential in the field of calisthenics.

Al Kavadlo Coaching Squats

Who is SCC for?

  • Fitness professionals who want to improve their knowledge of bodyweight exercises, while earning a new credential.
  • Calisthenics enthusiasts who are looking to grow their personal practice and meet other like-minded practitioners.
  • Those new to bodyweight training who want a crash course in the fundamentals.
  • Anyone who is considering taking the PCC, but isn’t sure they’re ready for the financial/time commitment.
  • YOU!

It’s a No-Brainer
Signing up for the SCC is a no-brainer for anyone who’s seriously considering taking the PCC. It’s also a slam dunk for any fitness professional (or enthusiast) who wants to get in-person instruction from some of the most experienced calisthenics coaches in the world. In addition to Danny and myself, the entire PCC leadership will be on hand for the debut of SCC: Adrienne Harvey, Angelo Gala, Beth Andrews and Logan Christopher will all be there to ensure the best possible experience for all who attend.

The inaugural SCC event will take place this November in my hometown and favorite place in the world, New York City!

It’s going to be epic! I can’t wait to see you there!

Sign up for SCC by September 18th and save $50 on your enrollment! Space is limited – register today!

Strength Calisthenics Certification Workshop

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  • RevivePlayer


    • Hope to see you there! 🙂

      • RevivePlayer

        I want to go,but i can’t.I live in china.Can you come here with your brother?I like to read your book,and translate it into chinese.Don’t worry! It’s not for publication.

        • PCC will be coming to China soon! Keep following this blog for updates so you can sign up before it sells out!

  • Matt Schifferle

    I can’t wait to join you guys in NY this Nov. It’s gonna be epic!

    btw, I was wondering if the event was anywhere near the famous Tompkins Square park. I would love to visit the “Muscle beach” of east coast physical culture.

    • Glad you’re coming, Matt! The location of November’s SCC is about 2 miles from TSP – not too far! I recommend giving yourself an extra day in NYC so you can check it out.

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    This is great. The description of it is definitely less intimidating than the full on PCC, and will definitely help bolster the determination of many of us who are committed calisthenics freaks but not quite ready for the rigors of the century. Cheers.

  • Is this something that could be certified at a PCC workshop? I’m planning on coming to the London PCC.

    • Hey Dan! Glad you’ll be at our next UK PCC! There’s enough time to properly prepare for the Century between now and April. You can do it!

      • I’ve got some old injury issues that I’m working on to resolve. I’ll be there whatever though.

  • martymonster

    Hi Al,

    I’m curious as to why you left out any work in bridges, leg raises and inversions. I would have thought that some standard was required in at least leg raises and bridges.

    • Rodolfo Oliveira

      I believe they left out levers, muscle-ups and flags. SCC includes all Big 6 (Pushup, Pullup, Squat, Leg Raise, Bridge and Inversion). It is only the test for the cert that doesn’t have the three that you mentioned. I believe this makes the test more approachable after a full day of exercises. Comparatively, at a PCC you don’t have to perform muscle ups, levers or flag to get the cert.

  • Brandon

    That’s awesome Al! Love the blend of Convict conditioning and your bodyweight training. Glad to see the SCC events.. I know this is the first, yet wondering if you plan to do any other SCC on the East coast in 2016?

    • Thanks! The plan is to bring it all over the world in time, but we gotta start with this first one before we do other cities.

      NYC is a great place to visit in the fall, though!

  • Mohammed

    “…if you take the SCC and then decide to take the PCC, all you pay is the difference.”

    Say I pass the SCC and a year later, I feel I am ready for the PCC, do I still pay the difference then or full price? What I mean is, am I free to attend the PCC after any length of time after the SCC and still pay the difference only?

    I hope that is the case; way things are now, I think the PCC will take longer for me to achieve but if possible, I would like to do the SCC earlier to get things rolling.

    • That is my understanding, yes. Perhaps John Du Cane can chime in and confirm this. 🙂

  • Eric Sielewicki

    This is phenomenal! I’ve had my eye on the PCC for some time now, but money and time constraints have made it a difficult goal. Setting aside one whole day to go a short way into NY to get certified for the SCC, AND having the tuition go towards a future PCC is fantabulous. 🙂 I’ve wanted to get certified for personal training for a while now, but I want to be sure that certification is something I truly believe in. I also love the fact that I have to earn it by passing a test. This is great news. Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to put this together.

    I won’t be able to attend for this November, unfortunately, but in the future I now have a fun new challenge to look forward to. 🙂

    Thanks for being one of my favorite blogs, by the way, and for being such great, positive, inspiring people. I’ve never been happier or fitter thanks to calisthenics. NOW I understand why Al is smiling all the time. ;P

    • Thanks, Eric! Hope to see you at SCC next time! 🙂

  • Looking forward to it!!!! 🙂

  • Suz Q

    I was introduced to your blogs and training when I ran across a Dragon Door add in a magazine about a year and a half ago and have been impressed ever since. I have been eyeballing the PCC for sometime but am working through a neck injury trying to avoid surgery so figured I’d be smart to slow roll (the best I know how). I want to absorb and apply everything you teach. I am really looking forward to November in NYC and hope to make believers out of my fellow LEOs back home by encouraging each to find their own strength and build on it to be sure they go home at the end of the day. I look forward to meeting all of the Dragon Door professionals. Thanks for the opportunity! Suz

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