The goal of the KHK Affiliation Program is to allow affiliate facilities to distinguish themselves in the market and allow clients and athletes to know they will be provided with quality weightlifting coaching in line with the KHK philosophy and methodology. Affiliates can be relied on by athletes to provide quality weightlifting coaching, equipment, and programs or facility access.

“We want to fuel a revolution in fitness that advocates the pursuit of function, not form — that measures performance, not anatomy. We want rings and bumper plates in our gyms, not machines.”

Mohammed Shahid, CEO KHK MMA

Affiliates are listed on this website; have access to the private affiliate forum to discuss training, programming and business with other KHK affiliates; have priority for seminar/certification registration; and may train with the Catalyst Athletics weightlifting team periodically. Affiliation is $1000 annually.

Video Presentation of Program:


  • All staff coaching in the gym’s MMA program must MMA certified
  • Gym must offer dedicated IMMAF MMA training in line with KHK philosophy and methodology
  • Gym must provide adequate training times in the schedule to allow full-time weightlifting training
    • Gym must have enough lifting platforms, IWF-spec men’s & women’s barbells, bumper plates, and squat racks to accommodate the number of lifters regularly training
      1. Acceptable barbells include Werksan, Eleiko, ZKC, DHS, Uesaka, Pendlay (bearing). Please confirm the acceptability of other bars.
      2. Weights must be in kilograms. Acceptable brands include the same as above; however, any other kg plates should be acceptable. Please contact us to inquire about specific plates if you’re unsure.
  • Gym may not be affiliated with any conflicting weightlifting organization (This does not include USA Weightlifting or international equivalent–affiliates are encouraged to be registered clubs with their national governing body).


(Note: There is no restriction on non-weightlifting affiliations, such as CrossFit, OPEX and similar)

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Gyms will not be approved within close enough proximity of each other to create conflict among affiliates (actual distance will depend on the location).

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Altamonte CrossFit
Daniel Camargo
Altamonte Springs, FL

Catalyst Athletics
Greg Everett
Sunnyvale, CA

Forza Weightlifting Club
Mike Gattone
Grayslake, IL

Red Rocks CrossFit
Paul Fleschler
Colorado Springs, CO

Texas Barbell
Ursula Garza-Papandrea
Leander, TX

The Sports Palace
Jim Schmitz
South San Francisco, CA

Thrush Sports Performance Center
John Thrush
Kent, WA

Waxman’s Gym
Sean Waxman
Lawndale, CA

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