It’s August, it’s hot, and reasonably enough many of us are rushing from one indoor area to the next, never straying too far from air conditioning. But the rest of us? The rest of us are flipping a coin to see if today is a Bikram or a hot vinyasa kind of day – will you come to class with us?
Since I work for a company that sells jiu jitsu mats and various other MMA products, I have recently had many conversations with friends, family and colleagues that cover the Mayweather-McGregor fight. Anyone remotely tied to the MMA or martial arts business have probably had the same experience. As I drove into work this morning, contemplating the fight, I began to pick out a few items that I felt are very valuable lessons to be learned, especially by small and mid-sized MMA and martial arts businesses.
Many wonder why I want to train like I do. I cannot tell you how many times I was told by previous teammates and coaches that if I kept training like I did, that I was going to burn out within a few years, if I even made it that long, or that I was making the wrong choices because I was not being a kid or a teen. They would criticize me for not doing “normal” things like going to prom or skipping hanging out with friends to train.
More than 10 years ago, we bucked the status quo in the MMA industry by offering two new MMA mat colors: black and gray. Despite manufacturers insisting that red, green and blue were the most popular colors in the industry, our research showed that trainers and coaches wanted something new. Years later, they still remain two of our best-selling color options.
I have two awesome families: my jits family and my incredibly supportive blood family. This has made me realize that my love of jiu jitsu means more to me than having a connection with someone else.
The longer I train the more I realize that without partners who support you, push you and encourage you, success cannot be obtained. So, let me tell you a little about each of my closest training partners. Meet the ADCC team.
A person’s yoga practice is a transformational journey, and owning a yoga studio is a similar experience. Over the years your studio will change, and it’s our job here at Zebra to ensure that it changes for the better.
There is no greater example of this change than one of our most recent clients: The Hot Yoga Factory in Chelmsford, MA. Formerly known as Bikram Yoga Chelmsford, The Hot Yoga Factory came to us looking for fresh new look for their studio.
It’s July, time for the annual Martial Arts Supershow, one of our favorite and one of the largest events in the MMA industry! Here’s what you need to know for 2017:
With the Tour de France in full swing this month, we are focusing on the many benefits that yoga can bring to cyclists. From added flexibility and strength to the cardiovascular and respiratory benefits, there are many reasons why cyclists experience increases in their performance and stamina when they incorporate yoga before and after they set out on a ride.
Around Father’s Day, many people will tell you how their fathers have played largely inspirational roles in their lives. What most people can’t tell you is how their father has won multiple Pan-American Jiu Jitsu Championships (among many other medals and accomplishments). That ability is unique to Mackenzie Dern, the number one ranked female black belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu and the daughter of Wellington Leal “Megaton” Dias, a jiu jitsu legend.
We recently spoke with Mackenzie about how she feels about having her father as her coach as well as her biggest inspiration. READ MORE