Mentoring Today’s Youth For a Lifetime Of Success

The Kings of Weightlifting after school program focuses on mentoring children of South Central LA with a direct focus on school studies, nutrition, physical training and Olympic weightlifting.


Meet the Kings of Weightlifting

Derrick Johnson
Derrick JohnsonFounder and President
Johnson is the youngest international coach in the history of USA Weightlifting. Along with being a Team USA team member (Sr. Worlds, Jr. Worlds, and University Worlds) and USA Weightlifting’s Developmental Coach of the Year, Derrick is the only coach in the world to have 3 Sr. World team members from 3 different countries (Brazil, Canada, and the US). Derrick has also coached a lifter to the 2012 Olympics (represented Brazil) and is the youngest level 5 coach in USAW history. Derrick also became the first African American to be named head coach of an international team for USA Weightlifting.
Kendrick Farris
Kendrick FarrisCoach
Farris began lifting when he was 12-years-old after his uncle, Kevin Burns, read an article in the newspaper about a weightlifting development center for young athletes. Less than 10 years after his introduction to the sport, Farris won back-to-back National titles in 2006 and 2007 en route to qualifying for his first Olympic Team. Farris set two American Records at the Olympic Games in Beijing where he placed eighth. He attributes faith in God and hard work to his success and has his sights set on climbing onto the World and Olympic podiums.
Brandon Bruno
Brandon BrunoCoach
Brandon has been a volunteer at Kings of Weightlifting in South Los Angeles working in the capacity of Assistant Coach and Project Leader since January 2018. He also works full-time in South Los Angeles at Kaiser Permanente. Brandon holds certifications as a USAW Level 1 instructor and CrossFit Level 1. Brandon has competed in weightlifting for 2 years as a Master Athlete in the 94kg class qualifying for Nationals, Pan Ams, and World Championships. Brandon’s purpose at Kings of Weightlifting is to combine his passions working with children, strengthening the community, and support the weightlifting goals of others.

“ I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times ”


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