One of the most important choices you will make when outfitting your facility with martial arts mats is thickness. Mat thickness will range from 1 to 2 inches, but thicker isn’t always better. The thickness that is appropriate for your facility is entirely dependent on the discipline/s you teach.
By Kaitlin Young
Does a trainer need to have his or her own fights in order to properly train fighters? If so, how many fights does a trainer need? This can be a hot-button issue in the martial arts world.
Written by Kaitlin Young
MMA may be the best professional sport in existence for women today. They fight the same rounds, receive similar media attention, and have comparable pay to their male counterparts. This was not always the case.
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.
They’re almost here! Yes, them — the New Year’s resolutioners! That portion of your community whose attention you’ve been trying to get all year, they’re about to show up. Are you ready?
Here’s some detail to help you craft an action plan for success in 2018!
There’s something about MMA and martial arts that attracts veterans who have returned home from active duty. We have supplied martial arts mats to facilities across the U.S. that are home to, and often owned and operated by, military veterans. We have heard many incredible stories from veterans about their service, and how they got into martial arts after returning home. This particular story was told to us by Linsey Williams, a local Army veteran and competitor who trains at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy.
It’s World Stroke Day and Zebra Athletics is focusing on how we can help prevent future strokes and aid in the recovery process. Affecting more than 795,000 people each year, strokes are one of the leading causes of death in the US. These attacks can lead to physical disabilities and even depression.
This year, we’re working to raise awareness surrounding stroke prevention and how staying fit can help!
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.
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.
I have two awesome families: my jits family and my incredibly supportive blood family. This has made me realize that my love of jiu jitsu means more to me than having a connection with someone else.