Dasha Libin MS, NASM-PES, MKC, NASE, M-KBIA is a fitness expert, fitness writer, martial artist, world traveler, and eternal student. Because of her clients and projects, many also call her a “celebrity trainer.” Dasha is also the creator of Kettlebell Kickboxing™. With over a decade of training in Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do (JKD), Filipino Martial Arts, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the guidance of Sifu Dan Anderson, Dasha was featured as Black Belt Magazine’s only female 21st Century Martial Artist.
Dasha has a Master’s degree in Sports Science, with a specialty in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention (MS). Additionally, Dasha is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine with their master level (NASM-PES) credentials. She is also a certified Speed and Explosion Specialist (NASE-SES) with the National Association of Speed and Explosion. Dasha’s kettlebell background comes from her birthplace of Russia, where her grandfather taught kettlebells to the Soviet Army. Her life-long exposure to kettlebell training allowed her to experience the unique method long before its US popularity. In more recent years, Dasha continues to study and train with Steve Maxwell ranking as MKC-2 in his system. Many call Steve the “American Father of the Russian Kettlebell,” so this interaction would only make sense to further Dasha’s development and growth with the world of kettlebells.
In her martial arts career, Dasha has achieved several full instructorships, including a certification in Jeet Kune Do Concepts (JKD) and Filipino Martial Arts under Sifu Paul Vunak and Sifu Thomas C. Cruse, ranking as an instructor in Progressive Fighting Systems. Dasha has a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and credits the art with much of her kettlebell ground innovations. She has also attained the Red Glove “Initiateur” rank in Savate (French Kickboxing). Dasha is currently studying martial arts full time under her long-time instructor and husband Sifu Dan Anderson. In August 2010, Dasha and Dan were named of NY1’s New Yorker of the Week for her FREE women’s self-defense program.
As a writer, Dasha Libin has written articles for FIGHT!, Fitness Rx, Oxygen, and Kettlebell Magazine. Currently, she writes a monthly column called “FUEL” for the highly acclaimed martial arts publication Black Belt Magazine. Dasha and her method Kettlebell Kickboxing™ method were featured throughout six (6) pages of SELF Magazine’s March 2012 and July 2013 issues.
In 2013 Dasha was asked to be the official trainer for the Miss New York USA & Miss Teen USA brands.
Dasha is proud to be a fitness brand ambassador for lululemon athletica Soho. Dasha is also an official fitness ambassador and one of the few official testers for VSX® (Victoria Secret’s Sports). Additionally, Dasha has worked with brands like Athleta® during their special events and brand/store launches.
Although she scoffs at the term, Dasha is a real NYC based “celebrity trainer.” She has had the pleasure to work and develop programs for many high-level athletes, actors, performers, and fashion icons. She has been sought out for her expertise in not only transforming the body, but also developing programs equipped with the strength and agility needed for many of her clients’ hectic work schedules and demands.
Dasha’s main focus at the moment is empowering females through fitness, body awareness, and health. She has devoted all of her time to her sold-out NYC class, Kettlebell Kickboxing™, which has inspired females to get fit with a purpose of function, health, and longevity. Dasha’s Kettlebell Kickboxing™ method offers a website community and blog, instructor certifications (KBI & KBIA), live classes, and of course, a series of DVDs.
Dasha owes all of her accomplishments to the support and guidance of her family and amazing husband. Specifically, her mother Yelena Libin’s strength and persistence, her teacher, husband, and best friend Sifu Dan Anderson, the loyalty of her sister, and the love of her grandparents and father. In her words, “You don’t need to be born into privilege, so long as you are born into support and love (and a bit of tough love too).”
Dasha is available for seminars, appearances and any other fitness, self-help and martial arts related topics. Dasha takes private lessons on a limited case-by-case, as she involves herself in all aspects of the Kettlebell Kickboxing™ world, clients and projects are kept to a minimum (quality over quantity). Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“When you think you can’t go any further, or do any more… Just STOP thinking.”
– Dasha Libin