How to Protect Your Martial Arts Mats Investment

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.

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The 2019 State of the Yoga Industry

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

Show Your Stripes: Emerge Jiu Jitsu

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.”

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The Top 3 Reasons to Add Yoga to Your BJJ Programming

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.

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The Top 10 Jiu-Jitsu Instagram Accounts, As We See It.

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.

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Some Things My Mother Taught Me

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.

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