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.


Tactical Training Concepts and the Equipment You Need for Your Facility

By Brent “Trig” Peters

As a U.S. Army Veteran, Combatives Instructor and Criminal Justice Major, I’ve had the opportunity to train with several highly-skilled martial arts and self-defense practitioners. Throughout that time, curious minds always seemed to debate which disciplines are most effective in dealing with erratic and often reckless behavior.


Selling Tickets: Fighting on the Local Circuit

By Kaitlin Young

I get it, it’s annoying. It takes away from your final preparation and everyone seems to need them the day or two before your fight, as you are trying to cut weight. You are the fighter. It’s your job to fight. Shouldn’t it be the promoter’s job to sell the tickets? Well, yes, it is. It is also their job to book the fights. If booking certain fights makes the job of selling tickets easier, there is great incentive to do just that.


Should You Install Your Martial Arts Mats or Have it Professionally Done?

When purchasing martial arts mats and other equipment for your facility, you have a big choice to make: install it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. While most Zebra customers install their own equipment – it’s not very hard – some choose to hire our team (or another) to do it for them.

Here are a few things to consider when making this decision:


The Biggest Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu Training

By: Elisabeth Clay

Let me tell you about some of the biggest benefits I have found in training jiu-jitsu. To start off, I would like to say that, obviously, I do more than just train jiu-jitsu. It is my entire life and my world revolves around it. It’s how I make money, what I do for fun, my friends are there, it all revolves around jiu-jitsu.

I would also like to say that I wouldn’t want it any other way.


How to Increase Attendance at Your Martial Arts Facility

No matter which martial art you practice – from BJJ to taekwondo – your facility can (and should) be considered a business, which means increasing the number of students you have is a primary concern. While most martial arts facility owners are great teachers, not all of them know the best practices for attracting and retaining students. Being a great teacher can take you far in increasing attendance, but here are a few ideas that can help increase your membership numbers even more: