You’ve made one of the biggest investments in your gym — quality martial arts mats. When treated right, Zebra mats can last you 15 – 20 years. We’ve done everything on our end to make sure that your mats are the very best in the industry. What, then, can you do on your end to protect your investment? When it comes to protecting your mats, the little things go a long way.
When Swami Vivekananda left India 125 years ago, he brought with him a vast knowledge of Hindu philosophy, particularly the concepts and teachings of jnana, bhakti, karma, and raja yoga. Although it took decades for yoga to catch on in the US, it eventually evolved from the spiritual practice of a few enthusiasts into the billion-dollar industry it is today. As we close out 2018, we are looking at the state of the industry and how it has grown throughout the years. READ MORE
How is the martial arts industry in the US performing? In as few words as possible: business is booming, and many disciplines are experiencing growth. As 2018 ends, we are looking at the numbers to see how the industry is doing and what we can expect in the next year. READ MORE
Emerge Jiu Jitsu is a Vancouver, Washington-based facility that offers BJJ training and kids martial arts programs to its growing base of students. Led by brown belt Don Cooper, a former wrestler, gymnast and triathlete who has been training BJJ for over 10 years, Emerge Jiu Jitsu’s goal is to help their community “grow in strength, character, confidence, and discipline through the martial arts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.”
By: Nick Bez
If the Gracie’s do it, there’s your sign.
At first glance, they may seem like opposites, yoga with its the meditative qualities and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with its combative and competitive nature. However, they are an excellent pairing. If you’ve seen the 1999 documentary “Choke,” you know there’s some history to back it up, too.
By Elisabeth Clay
This is a question I am asked A LOT and every time I give the same simple answer: no. Upon thinking about this more, I realized I was dead wrong; I do have a hero, but it’s probably not anyone you know at all, unless you happen to know him as my professor, Jordan Kontra.
By Kaitlin Young
I’m late writing this blog because I wanted to properly collect my thoughts before putting them on paper. Trying to be too perfect. Oh, the irony! Ha! So, I’m just going to start writing and hope that it turns into something coherent. Bear with me.
By: Nick Bez
Let’s be upfront about this: everything that follows is opinion, as there is no currently held international standard for ranking or otherwise rating Instagram accounts — we seriously just clarified that, insert eye-roll.
From there, let’s get started on a tour of our Top 10 Undisputed, Don’t Run from the Truth, “do you even roll, bro?” Jiu-Jitsu Instagram Accounts.
By Elisabeth Clay
My mother always taught me not to be mediocre. She didn’t care what my siblings or I wanted to do, as long as it was done to the very best of our ability — well, other than football or cheerleading. Those were the two sports we were not allowed to do. But back to what’s important; she never pushed us towards or made us compete in any sport. A lot of people, when I was younger at least, seemed to think my mother was making me do it, or something crazy like that.
Just because functional fitness is completely different from MMA and martial arts in general, this doesn’t mean your facility cannot benefit from offering these types of classes. In fact, there are four good reasons for you to consider adding fitness classes to your facility.
Oftentimes, we are asked: “What are the best mats for Defensive Tactics and CQB?” While the selection may be vast (and somewhat confusing), we can narrow down your choices to a few, perfect options: