Prepping Walls for Hanging New Wall Pads

Prepping Walls for Hanging New Wall Pads

Wall pads are an essential product in any martial arts and in many fitness facilities, as well. Wall pads prevent both damage to the walls of the facility and to the people training. In order to be most effective, wall pads must be installed properly.   Understanding...
How to Build the Perfect Ninja Training Course

How to Build the Perfect Ninja Training Course

Martial arts schools and fitness facilities are always on the search to find programs and equipment that can benefit their members and set them apart from their competitors. One of the most popular ways to do this in recent years is ninja and obstacle course equipment...
Elisabeth Clay: Why and How I Have Been Successful

Elisabeth Clay: Why and How I Have Been Successful

By Elisabeth Clay  This is a question I get asked a lot. While I still have a very long way to go, do not get me wrong, I have had a lot of success, too. When I get asked this, most of the time I tell people the answer is time and work in the gym. But, let’s be...
How to Choose the Right Location for Your MMA Gym

How to Choose the Right Location for Your MMA Gym

You’ve decided to open your first MMA gym. Whether this has been a goal you’ve had since you were a child or one that’s more recent, you’re likely aware of how much planning goes into a gym before the doors can open and members can walk through. One of the most...
How to Carve Out Space in Your Gym for Heavy Bag Training

How to Carve Out Space in Your Gym for Heavy Bag Training

Many gyms are often multi-functional spaces, providing their members with opportunities for various martial arts and fitness training routines. One of the most common additions to facilities is a heavy bag space. This can range from one or two heavy bags to a fully...
How to Create a Home Gym in Any Room in Your House

How to Create a Home Gym in Any Room in Your House

2020 brought a rise in the purchase and installation of home gym products, mostly because COVID-19 resulted in many martial arts, yoga, and fitness facilities temporarily closing their doors. The owners of these gyms moved to virtual training during this time, and...
Elisabeth Clay: My 2020 Recap

Elisabeth Clay: My 2020 Recap

By Elisabeth Clay  So, 2020 has been a hard and different year for everyone in the world. A lot for me changed, so let’s just recap a little bit.   My 2020 I started the year off deciding to skip Euros and make Pan ams my first tournament. During training in February I...
Elisabeth Clay: Why and How I Have Been Successful

How it Feels to Get My BJJ Black Belt

By Eisabeth Clay  Well, this is a hard one for me; it is so new. There have been so many emotions and even weeks after getting it, I just don’t think it has fully set in yet that I even have my black belt. When I go to line up at the front of the class with the other...
How to Promote A Positive Gym Culture

How to Promote A Positive Gym Culture

One of the biggest nontangible factors for any facility is its culture. This is the essence of the gym, the way it operates, and the way it makes its members feel. Having a positive gym culture is key for both retaining and recruiting members. Here are some ways to...
A Word of Caution—Ranking Systems in Muay Thai

A Word of Caution—Ranking Systems in Muay Thai

By Kaitlin Young  There is no such thing as a black belt in Muay Thai. There may be specific schools with their own ranking system but in the sport itself, no belts or ranks exist apart from how highly ranked one is as a competitor. Muay Thai, along with boxing and...
Supporting Your Martial Arts Facility During Lockdown

Supporting Your Martial Arts Facility During Lockdown

This month, with COVID-19 rates rising rapidly, many states across the country issued new restrictions for citizens and businesses. Gym closures have been among these restrictions, forcing gym owners and their members to temporarily put their training on pause. For...
Supporting Your Gym Members During Lockdown

Supporting Your Gym Members During Lockdown

Martial arts gyms are tight-knit communities, and nothing has shown that more than the events of 2020. Gyms and their members have come together to make it through the new challenges that COVID-19 presented. Just as members have looked for ways to support their gym,...
How to Stay Motivated as an Athlete and a Competitor

How to Stay Motivated as an Athlete and a Competitor

By Elisabeth Clay  One thing I get asked about a lot is how I stay so motivated. Not only with my sport, but with everything. How do I always go and lift? How do I have the motivation to train 5-7 days a week? How did I stay motivated to finish high school two years...