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
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.
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
This Saturday, May 20th is Armed Forces Day in the United States. We thank all those who have, and those who still do, give up their safety and comfort to protect our country, our lives and everything we love.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Happy Mother’s Day! This year, we take a minute to shine a spotlight on all the hard work that mothers do. From working mothers to stay-at-home moms, single moms and those who are the head of the household, we thank you for all that you do for your families. Just don’t forget to set some time aside for yourself every now and then!
Join Elisabeth this weekend when she takes over the Zebra Mats Instagram account live from the Onnit Invitational 4 and check back every Friday for her latest post! #AKtoADCC
May is National Blood Pressure Awareness Month, and we are turning our attention towards the signs and prevention of conditions like hypertension as well as how to maintain a healthy blood pressure level throughout your life.
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:
It’s Earth Day, and we here at Zebra Athletics continue to be committed to providing the most sustainable options for Martial arts mats possible. How do we accomplish this? There are many things we have done as a company over the years that have made us the most environmentally-friendly company we can be.
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.