Why I’ll always recommend Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Self Defense

By Kaitlin Young

Whenever I am asked about which martial art a person should take up to best learn self-defense, my answer is always the same: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. There are several reasons for this and there are certainly other arts that can get the job done. Usually when someone is asking about which martial art they or their children should begin to practice, it is coming from a place of concern for their own safety or the safety of their loved ones. They need the most effective option that will work in a relatively short amount of time.


Elisabeth Clay: Does The Spirit of a Warrior Travel Through Family Lines?

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.


How to Keep Your New White MMA Mats White

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.


Marketing Mixed Martial Arts to Millennials

Today’s youth is a highly desirable group, yet it can be a challenging martial arts demographic to reach effectively.

Determining how your brand can connect with a younger generation is a complicated process. The road to relevance with millennials can be confusing because tried and true marketing concepts may not hold true. But this is a HUGE group of potential long-term customers that every facility owner needs to reach.

Here are a few myths that might help you better understand and connect with today’s youth:


Zebra Athletics Gives Back. Here’s How You Can Help

We recently celebrated our 20th anniversary by reflecting back on where we started as a company, how we got to where we are today and where we are going next. Over the years we have grown not only as a company, we have become a pioneer in the MMA and Martial Arts industries.

We are so grateful to be a part of these communities, and as we continue to expand our yoga flooring and product lines, we look forward to becoming an inspirational part of the worldwide yoga community, as well.


“Supplement” Your Business with These Products

Open any MMA publication and you will not only find countless advertisements for MMA mats and training gear, but for health supplements like bars, powders, pills, gels, shakes and drinks as well. Supplements are a lucrative business that can help you increase profits at your facility, but deciding whether or not to offer supplements, and which supplements to offer, can be a daunting task.


At the Core, What’s Inside Our Martial Arts Mats?

One of the most commonly asked questions regarding our MMA and martial arts mats is, “what makes them different than other types of mats?” Customers also ask, “why are your mats more expensive than your competitors?”

There are several different answers to each of those questions, but at the center of it all is the amazing core within our mats.


How to Properly Cut and Trim MMA Mats

Cutting MMA and martial arts mats is a process that requires precision. There is a certain way to properly cut or trim your mats so that you do not ruin a perfectly good piece of material. Following this guide will not only allow you to trim down the size of your mats, it will also allow you to give them a nice finished edge.

Whether you are working with MMA or martial arts mats, follow these instructions to get the best results.