Tyson’s fitness journey began at a very young age as a competitive swimmer. Training under some of Canada’s foremost coaches, he competed all over North America and at one point ranked 2nd in Canada for his age group in the 200m butterfly. At fifteen, he quit swimming and started in Ketto Ryu Ju-Jutsu and Kyokushin Karate. Through the martial arts he also discovered kettlebell training, though there was very little information available and barely any sources for purchasing them. Still, he immediately saw the potential of kettlebell training as a supplement to his martial arts training and as a means to help restore the numerous overuse injuries he had piled up over a long and tough swimming career.
Three years later, he started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mike Yackulic, learned about Agatsu and met Shawn Mozen in Calgary to get his Level 1 certification. He attended the Somatics Institute of Massage Therapy for the next two years to obtain his diploma and worked as an RMT full time for the next two years while building his F.A.S.T. Fitness program, and travelled to Toronto to get his Level 2 certification. He saw in Shawn the same passion for technical mastery and innovation that had driven him to learn about kettlebells in the beginning and was thrilled to be chosen as a Senior AKC and be a part of Canada’s gold standard for fitness education. Aside from kettlebell training and BJJ, Tyson is a recreational powerlifter and specializes in periodization and programming using sport science methodology from the former Soviet Union. Currently he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Arashi-Do Martial Arts in Edmonton and can be reached through his informational blog, Agatsu West at www.agatsuwest.blogspot.com .
Senior Agatsu Kettlebell Instructor (SAKC)
IYCA Speed and Agility Specialist
Registered Massage Therapist
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Mike Yackulic and Sylvio Behring