Mackenzie Dern Talks About Her Biggest Influence: Her Father

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

Juggling Life: School, Jiu Jitsu and Time With Friends

I hear people talk a lot about how to balance school and other obligations with Jiu Jitsu training. I was actually asked this less than a week ago, so I thought I would address it.

Many say that since I was homeschooled, I really just trained and didn’t do a lot of schoolwork. This isn’t the case. Most of my high school courses were college textbooks. My mother has multiple degrees and has been a college professor. Me not being well learned was never an option. Let me say to all the Jiu Jitsu practitioners (or anyone), education is extremely important. Choose your passion to follow, but do not neglect being learned.


Elisabeth Clay Vlog Episode 1: 10th Planet

In last week’s post we introduced you to Elisabeth Clay, a 16-year-old from Alaska who is coming off recent wins at the 2017 ADCC West Coast Trials and the Onnit Invitational 4 (she fights at min. 00:17:00). This week, she gives us a quick peek into her life outside of the ring! Be sure to check back every week! #AKtoADCC #TrainWithConfidence #ZebraMats


Big News From Zebra Athletics: Looking to the Future

Last month, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Zebra Athletics brand by taking a look back at the history of our company, our products and our our team. We also took a look at some of the ways in which we have given back to the community (see how you can give back as well).

Where We Are Going

We have come a long way and we are still growing as a company. While continuing to offer MMA mats and weight room flooring, we have also begun to expand our Yoga and Home Fitness product lines.

But that is not all we are up to in 2017. Big things are in store for our future. Here are a few of the things you can look forward to this year:


Zebra Athletics, Mackenzie Dern Announce Marketing and Sponsorship Agreement

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – April 19, 2017 – Zebra Athletics, the world’s leading outfitter of martial arts and MMA training facilities, announced today a new marketing and sponsorship agreement with Mackenzie Dern, the 2-time World Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu champion and rising MMA superstar.