Good news (although it’s not as good as I want)! Yes, my knee is coming back, and according to my recovery team, I am doing well. But as usual for me, it is not fast enough…lol. Every day I am stronger and my leg more stable. Every day there is less swelling in the knee, the muscles are calming down and manual therapy is more and more effective. For those who want an idea of what I’m doing to help recover, here it is.
Come Fall, two things are certain – pumpkin-spice everything, and visual signs of change. The leaves, the weather, school and sport schedules, it’s all changing, we’ve even pulled the sweaters out! Beach season is officially over, and we’re beginning to think about indoor activities. Plus, holidays are on the way – that’s often a hard time to stay active, let alone start a new activity. So where others might see an opportunity to head inside and simply hibernate we think it all adds up to this being the perfect moment to reboot and reconnect to your yoga practice!
For those of you who have been following my Facebook or Instagram, you know that I had to pull out of ADCC for a knee injury. The results of the arthrogram MRI just came in: I do not have a complete tear of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), but there is a lot of injury to the PCL and the posterior capsule with lots of fluid, as well as some other stuff.
The definition of Spirit Warrior is something or someone, who is not of the physical world, who faces conflict. I like to think that the spirit of a warrior is not defined as how tough the person looks or how menacing they may be, but how they approach a challenge and how they choose to conquer it. That is just my personal opinion. It’s also how I try to see the challenges of my life; whether they are tough competitions or something more personal.
Like most people across the country, we at Zebra Athletics have been watching the devastating events of Hurricane Harvey unfold in Houston and ripple across the country. We are dismayed that so many people have been affected by the aftermath of the storm, and our deepest sympathy and thoughts go out to all who have been impacted.
The shining ray of light after the storm has been the incredible response of the people. Many have given their money and time to help relief efforts, and we here at Zebra are looking to give back, as well.
Zebra Athletics strives to find innovative and truly functional products and partnerships to fulfill our mission: providing products that help ensure success during the buildout or remodel of martial arts, yoga and fitness studios, and also to help facility owners continue succeeding long after the dust settles! To that end, we are excited to announce our newly formed partnership with Tula Software. With this partnership we are able to connect new and existing MMA, martial arts and yoga customers with an easy to use, affordable solution to manage almost every layer of customer and student interaction.
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.