Quick Tips for Hanging and Mounting Bags in Your Martial Arts Facility

Where to hang and mount bags in a martial arts or MMA facility is one of the more complicated aspects of facility design. Spatial limitations are usually a problem, as most facility owners do not own as large of a facility as some of the major organizations, but even larger facilities come to Zebra with the same question:

Where exactly should I place my bags?

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The Best Way to Customize Your Facility for Maximum Brand Awareness

When planning out the perfect MMA facility, there are so many things that go into it. When it is all said and done, it needs to come out perfect. One aspect of this process is displaying your brand to maximize awareness in the space. Zebra has helped hundreds of gyms go from dream to reality, and has helped facility owners maximize their brand awareness at the same time.

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Show Your Stripes: Emerge Jiu Jitsu

Emerge Jiu Jitsu is a Vancouver, Washington-based facility that offers BJJ training and kids martial arts programs to its growing base of students. Led by brown belt Don Cooper, a former wrestler, gymnast and triathlete who has been training BJJ for over 10 years, Emerge Jiu Jitsu’s goal is to help their community “grow in strength, character, confidence, and discipline through the martial arts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.”

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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.

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What Are the Best Marital Arts Mats for Judo Facilities?

For judo facilities owners who want the best for their students, finding the right mats for their facility is everything. As a martial art that focuses so heavily on throws and takedowns, judo requires more protection than that offered by standard rubber mats. The best mats for judo facilities will have sufficient padding, all while providing a slightly firm surface to help practitioners maneuver easily while sparring.

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The Difference Between Designing Fitness Kickboxing & Combat Facilities

Over the years, there has been a surge in the number of people who now practice fitness and cardio-based kickboxing. From 2006 to 2017, that number jumped significantly, and more fitness facilities are opening up every single year. While Muay Thai and Combat Kickboxing facilities have, on average, not seen the same expansive growth, there are still a considerable amount of specialists and students in the U.S., and the discipline is still a heavy component in the styles of many MMA competitors.

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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:

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The Pros and Cons of the Top Yoga Flooring Options

Wabi-sabi, the art of embracing imperfection, dictates that “nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect.” The same can be said about your yoga studio; it will forever be a work in progress. Whether you have recently purchased a studio or are looking to remodel, you’ll eventually come to the realization that no yoga flooring lasts forever, and no yoga flooring is perfect, but that doesn’t mean some options aren’t better than others. You can embrace the imperfections of our yoga studio flooring while simultaneously having the best yoga flooring possible.

Which yoga flooring should you choose? To help you, here are a few positives and negatives about each option.

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Keep Your Facility Clean in 2018

Whether it’s the start of the New Year and your facility is experiencing a surge of new students or it’s one of the lazy days of summer, cleanliness counts!  Consistent and proper cleaning of your flooring, wall pads and other training equipment not only helps protect the health of you and your students, it also extends the life and the look of your equipment and facility and, possibly even more important, it can be the difference between a new student becoming a regular or becoming a memory. 

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