Elisabeth Clay: Onward to Pans!

So, I am off to California to compete at Pans. This is my first year competing as an adult. Seven athletes will be competing from Legacy or Ares Alaska, joining our brothers and sisters from all over the world in the Ares Association to bring all the fire we can. I am super excited to be at Pans. Whether you are my opponent, a fan, or a competitor, I hope that we can all compete and do our very best.


Keep Your Facility Clean in 2018

Whether it’s the start of the New Year and your facility is experiencing a surge of new students or it’s one of the lazy days of summer, cleanliness counts!  Consistent and proper cleaning of your flooring, wall pads and other training equipment not only helps protect the health of you and your students, it also extends the life and the look of your equipment and facility and, possibly even more important, it can be the difference between a new student becoming a regular or becoming a memory. 


Nick Bez’s Top 4 Tips for Keeping New Yoga Students in the New Year!

Known across the country as a “yoga instigator & community connector,” I’ve spent a decade getting involved in every nook and cranny of the yoga industry I’ve been able to find.  From managing studios and programming for CorePower Yoga and Life Time Fitness and presenting at national conferences, to co-owning a studio with my wife and traveling as a program consultant, I noticed pretty quickly that no matter where in the world you are, the New Year brings a surge of new students.  I’ve also noticed a lot of studios leaving the opportunity to be of greater service and capture greater revenue to chance each and every January.  Let’s fix that!


Elisabeth Clay’s 2017 Top 10 Martial Arts Holiday Gifts!

Still looking for that perfect gift for the martial arts enthusiast in your life? Whether they are into MMA, BJJ, Taekwondo or another MA discipline, we’ve got a list of gifts that are perfect for them!

We asked Elisabeth Clay, the IBJJF Worlds and ADCC West Coast Trials (under 60kg) Champion, what she loves to use while training. Below is a breakdown of her favorite products. These gifts are guaranteed to help that special person in your life #TrainWithConfidence!


You, Your Studio, Zebra and Tula Software

By Andrew Wicklander, Founder of Tula Software

There is a lot happening in the world of software as we head into 2018, and the team at Zebra asked that I take some time to elaborate on what makes Tula Software unique, underscore a few of the primary reasons why Zebra and Tula have chosen to partner with each other, and outline how our software can be leveraged to help independent studios in the world of martial arts succeed.


Exclusive Interview with IBJJF Champion Caio Terra

Hailing all the way from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Caio Terra is a leading BJJ rooster weight. He is also the owner and head instructor of the Caio Terra Academy. We recently partnered with the Caio Terra Academy in San Jose, California, outfitting the facility with our martial arts mats and custom-printed wall mats.

Zebra owner and CEO, Chuck Blanski sat down with Caio at his academy to talk about how he got into Jiu Jitsu, his facility and what his plans are for the future.


Earning My Stripes: A Veteran’s Journey Into The World of Martial Arts

There’s something about MMA and martial arts that attracts veterans who have returned home from active duty. We have supplied martial arts mats to facilities across the U.S. that are home to, and often owned and operated by, military veterans. We have heard many incredible stories from veterans about their service, and how they got into martial arts after returning home. This particular story was told to us by Linsey Williams, a local Army veteran and competitor who trains at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy.