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Customizing Gear and Uniforms - Understanding Your Artwork

RedMan Training - Thursday, June 23, 2016

Customizing gear and apparel is a great way to promote a business. With all the custom printing services out there, it can be overwhelming to collect the information you need to produce exactly what you want. The first step to creating a custom product is understanding your artwork. With the proper preparation, you will get a crisp, clear and accurate print that matches your exact vision for custom gear. 

If you're not the techy type or do not have the proper software to prepare your logo for print, don't worry; Macho Martial Arts' Custom Services department can offer assistance to create or prepare your artwork for a small fee. Otherwise, use this guide to prepare your artwork for printing.

Vector vs. Raster

You'll notice that certain printing processes require your image to be in vector format, while others can be raster (also known as bitmap). So what does this mean?

Vector uses mathematical formulas to define shapes. Each point is connected by lines that are filled with solid or gradient color. The image size/resolution can be adjusted infinitely due to the mathematical formulas connecting each point.

Raster images are made up of a grid (or pixels) and each square of this grid is a specific color. Together the squares complete a whole image. The quality of a raster image is based on size and resolution. Size should be set to the exact size you wish your image to be printed on the gear or apparel. Resolution is based on the measurement DPI (Dots per Inch); the more dots (or pixels) per inch, the higher the quality. We recommend using a minimum of 300 DPI for custom printing.

So which should you use: vector or raster? We recommend using vector when printing solid, graphic designs or when using the following printing services: screen printing, co-branding sparring gear, embroidery and flocking. We recommend using raster when you're printing photographic images with lots of detail and color or when using the following printing services: direct to garment and custom gloss vinyl banners.

Set Up Check List

  1. Make sure your artwork is in one of the following formats:
    - Corel Draw CDR
    - Illustrator AI
    - PDF
    - EPS
    - Photoshop PSD
    - TIF or JPG files at full size and high resolution (min 300 DPI)
    ** Please note that some services, such as silk screen, require vector formatted art to create color separations.
  2. If there is type, convert the letters to outlines or provide the font files you use in the artwork. This ensures you get the exact font and design you want.
  3. If you'd like to include a PDF reference file in addition to the above, this will speed up the process and help our team create the exact product you envision.

Understanding artwork can be tricky. Macho's sales and graphics team are ready to help whenever you need it. Fell free to call 800.327.6812 if you need help with any of the preparations and we'll gladly assist you in the process. To ensure you are happy with the final product, your sales representative will send you a file reference for approval. Once Macho has your artwork on file, reorders are extremely fast and simply!

7 Things You Didn't Know About Macho Martial Arts

Customer Service - Thursday, June 09, 2016

8th degree Tae Kwon Do black belt Grandmaster Soo Se Cho began Macho Martial Arts in 1980 after recognizing a need for greater safety in martial arts training and competition. For over 35 years, Macho has been setting the standards for the martial arts industry. But what is it that sets Macho apart from the rest? Here are a few things you probably didn't know about Macho products.


1. The finger grip design you see on most punches today is a Macho innovation that was patented in 1981. Other design innovations that have earned us bragging rights: Signature ear-release canals on headgear, signature laceless criss cross strapping on kicks, tear-resistant vinyl reinforcements at critical stress points, and shock absorbent foam inserts on Macho Shin Guards for additional protection and comfort.



2. In 1984, the Director of Training for the Secret Service was using Macho gear for his training program. He approached Macho about making a special line of training equipment for law enforcement. Today, we have a complete division, RedMan Training Gear, dedicated to serving law enforcement with the most protective, defensive tactics training gear in the world.



3. 9x World Champion, Christine Bannon-Rodrigues, joined the Macho family in 1993 when she arrived for her first photo shoot. Twenty three years later, we are honored that she has chosen the path to continue to work with Macho on product design and business development. Her insights and connection with the martial arts community has led Macho to develop two of our top-performing products, the CBR Sport Chest and CBR Universal Face Shield.



4. In 2002, Macho set up its own on-site testing lab and used the proposed ASTM standard as well as other testing methods to test its gear and modify its designs for optimal safety. At Macho, we believe one injury is one too many. Especially if the injury could have easily been prevented with the right gear and proper instruction. With Macho, you get the gear you can trust. It's more than a brand name, it's safe and consistent.



5. Macho evaluated roundhouse kick velocities, key strike zones and tolerance levels to optimize the protective levels of its chest gear. Through this extensive research and testing, Macho chest guards feature innovative safety designs that make Macho's line the most sought after by leading martial artists.



6. Macho introduced a new line of MMA gear, Seven, with enhanced safety and performance features in 2012. Seven gear unifies the seven disciplines of mixed martial arts: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Karate, TaeKwonDo, Judo and Boxing. The Seven Give-N-Take was designed in collaboration with Tony Chung and was the first training product to function as a target and a glove.



7. In order to design the high quality line of uniforms Macho is recognized for, Macho went to a nationally recognized third party testing lab to ensure reporting accuracy of fabric weight, weave, breaking and tear strength. Macho's uniform line is recognized for its consistency. Whether you select a lightweight starter or a top level heavyweight, we're confident you'll never look back.


Make Your School Thrive in the Summer.

Customer Service - Saturday, May 28, 2016

Check out this Summer Success Toolbox at DojoEdge



The Summer Success Toolkit is a package of systems that will help you thrive through the summer. The toolkit is made up of three parts Student Acquisition, Student Retention and Classroom Helpers. Never again feel like summer has to be slow. Never again feel like you can't rely on your own business to provide you with the cash you need to survive the summer. When you use the Summer Success Toolkit and put into practice its contents, you will retain students and pick up new ones. Not only will your summer be a success, but you will enjoy your summer as well. This toolkit is great for schools of all sizes. Run it yourself or have your instructor team or program manager put it into place and let your team work through it.

The best part is, is that the Summer Success Toolkit contains many tools that are already done-for-you. You just have to implement it!

Host A Martial Arts Summer Camp

Customer Service - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

School is out for the summer, which could mean a smaller turnout for your martial arts classes. Don’t let that be the case! Implementing a Summer Day Camp is a great way to keep your classroom momentum all year round. Summer Camps can provide kids with a fun day, parents with a stress free schedule and you a profit! So what makes a great martial arts summer camp? Here are a few things we think will help:



Keep it Fun
Summer is an exciting time for kids. They don’t want to go from homework to dojo-work. Find a good balance between teaching traditional martial arts discipline and silly-summer fun. Be patient with beginners. Create games that teach the basics and make sure your students are always going home happy. Your summer campers are potential year round students and you don’t want to scare them away!



Provide Cool Apparel
Create a fun summer-themed graphic that incorporates your logo (or have Macho’s Custom Services design one for you) and print it on t-shirts, hats and tote bags. Macho's recently improved Custom Services Department makes it easy for school owners to order custom products printed using the best technology out there.

Get crafty and tye-dye the custom t-shirts with your students on the first day of class as an inexpensive and fun way to break the ice. If you have any activities that require you and your students to go on trips outside of the classroom, have them wear the shirts. This makes it easier to stick together.

Follow Code
Check your local laws and make sure your licensing, liability, medical insurance, and staffing are all accounted for. Some states have special day-care laws. Make sure you stay organized and informed. Without the proper precautions and steps your summer camp won't be the fun and safe summer oasis parents and students are looking for.

4 Reasons to Wear a Rashguard Under Your Gi

Customer Service - Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rashguards are a staple for no-gi grappling. They offer compression and protection without interfering with control. The benefits of wearing them are rarely debated, that is until it comes to wearing them under your gi. Those opposed to wearing the extra layer argue that they feel more restricted, that it isn't worth the extra laundry, and that competitions like IBJJF forbid them. So why is it that more and more schools are requiring their students to wear them? Here are some of the reasons why some martial artists choose to wear a rashguard under their gi.

1. Reduces Spread of Bacteria
When you wear a rashguard under your gi you are significantly decreasing skin-to-skin and skin-to-mat contact. This means you're significantly reducing your risk of infection. Most gyms are on top of cleaning and disinfecting, but no matter how clean they are, there is always a risk of spreading bacteria when sweating and grappling. You're in close contact with opponents and it's better to be safe than sorry.

2. Reduces Burn and Irritation

The thick material of a gi provides many benefits (durability, a satisfying "snap"), but they can also cause intense discomfort and irritation for some people. Martial artists with sensitive skin often choose to wear a rashguard to protect themselves from gi burn or mat burn. Rashguards provide protection from persistent rubbing and scraping.


93 Brand "Tales from the Grips - Electric Chair" Rashguard


3. Increases Modesty

Not everyone has a chiseled six pack and there certainly is no shame in that, but many people feel more comfortable with the extra coverage a rashguard provides. You may discover
that you're more likely to find a willing grappling opponent when wearing a rashguard, because it decreases the exposure of body hair, sweat, and skin imperfections. Not only will this make you feel more comfortable grappling, but it also decreases the risk of unintentional body hair ripping.


93 Brand Rollers Rashguard
 
4. Moisture Control
Most rashguards are made from a polyester and spandex blended fabric. The properties of this stretchy fabric make it perfect for moisture control. The rashguard wicks sweat away from the skin causing it to evaporate or be absorbed into the gi. This keeps moisture at bay, so you are able to maintain dry hands for better grips.


Whether you decide to wear a rashguard under your gi or not is up to you and your instructor. There are benefits to both sides of the argument. One thing is for certain: rashguards come in all sorts of styles and designs and look really cool while providing protection and compression. See Macho's wide selection of rashguards here. 

6 Marketing Strategies to get Students to Advertise Your Martial Arts School

Customer Service - Thursday, April 21, 2016

Are you looking to attract new students to your martial arts school? If you're not utilizing these 6 marketing strategies then you're going to have a harder time. Chances are your current students are eager to share their excitement about the classes they're taking. Don't let this momentum go to waste. Here's how you can use their excitement to attract new students and grow your martial arts school.



1. Use Push Advertising

Push advertising is a traditional marketing strategy that involves distributing promotional material to a large group of people. Email campaigns and flyers are great ways to utilize push advertising for your school and will be extremely effective if you get your students involved in the distribution. Send flyers home with students. These can be simple, but professional print outs that include your school’s logo, website, upcoming events and news, and/or coupons. Younger students will hand them over to their parents, who will hand them off to their friends. It’s an inexpensive way to get your name out there.


2. Don't Ignore Social Media

10 years ago only 7% of the US population used social media. That figure has increased almost tenfold, to 65%. Many businesses, including martial arts schools, use social media as a marketing tool. You do not want to miss out on the many potential students and positive exposure social media can bring to your school. Start with the basics and create an effective business page on Facebook. Use it as a platform to share exciting news, events, and martial arts articles. Urge your students to “like” your page. Create a fun online community for students to interact and share information about your school with their friends and family.


3. Create a Referral Program

A referral program is a good way to get students to advertise your classes to their friends. Print off discounted class coupons for students to give to their friends or offer a ‘Refer a Friend’ form on your website and Facebook page. When a student fills out the form an automatic email will be sent to the friends they think would be interested in your school. Reward each referral with a free month of classes or a prize, like a Macho Rank Belt Key Chain or a Custom Printed Headband.


4. Offer “Bring a Friend to Class” Days

“Bring a Friend to Class” days give students a chance to share their passion for martial arts with their friends and they give you a chance to introduce martial arts to prospective students. Offer these classes on the weekend, when students are already looking for fun ways to hang out with their friends. Make sure to plan activities and lessons that are easier and fun to do. You do not want to scare away beginners with difficult routines. Hand out a discount card for membership at the end of class to students and guests.


5. Organize Social Events

Social events and parties are a fun way to spread the martial arts cheer. They show your community that martial arts classes not only benefit students physically, but also socially. Parents and students will talk about the great atmosphere and social environment you provide. They will want to bring their friends to the karate themed Christmas party or the tae kwon do Mother’s Day event. Show attendees the many benefits your school provides and make it easy for guests to sign up for more classes.


6. Take Advantage of Custom Print Services

Students become walking billboards when you use custom print services. Students will want to show off their cool apparel to friends. They’ll wear their custom printed backpack to school or their martial arts t-shirt to soccer practice. Put your logo on a bumper sticker with a catchy slogan like “Karate Mom” or “Jiu Jitsu Dad”. Custom products are a great way to showcase or advertise your brand, creativity or concept. For 35 years, Macho has been offering custom printed apparel, uniforms, gear and other custom print media to martial arts schools. Use these services to get your logo out there and in the minds of prospective students.





Screen Printing or Direct to Garment?

Customer Service - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

With the numerous types of printing options available, we understand how confusing it can be to pick the best option for you and your project. It's not a matter of which process is better, but rather, which process is better suited for your needs. We've put together this side by side guide to help you decide which route to take: Screen Printing or Direct to Garment.


For more information visit our Custom Services Page or call Customer Service at 800-327-6812

2016 Ocean Grand Nationals less than a month away!

Customer Service - Thursday, March 17, 2016



Visit the Ocean State Grand Nationals Website to register

Don Rodrigues Karate Presents the Ocean State Grand Nationals on April 8, 9, and 10, 2016.

It gives us great pleasure to invite you, your family, and students to the 36th Annual Ocean State Grand Nationals. This year's event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel with the Spectacular Nighttime Extravaganza being held in the Grand Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, Rhode Island.


We have spent the past months working very hard to ensure that this year’s event will top all of the past OSGN’s.
We are also working extra hard to ensure that the daytime eliminations will finish before 4:00 pm, as you saw last year.

The Ocean State Grand Nationals has been noted for its organization, professionalism, and quality. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful Ocean State before the Finals begin at 7:00 pm sharp.

This year will prove to be some awesome International competition. In addition to USA’s best, we are expecting competitors from South Africa, Guatemala, Venezuela, Italy, Germany, Canada, Croatia, Russia, Egypt, Austria, Peru, England, Bella Russia, Poland, Mexico and Hungary just to mention a few.

We are excited to announce being part of the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) World Tour, once again. With this year’s World Tour event being KRANE Rated “AAAAA+” and NASKA AAAAA, this year’s event is sure to be the best ever.

We are looking forward to seeing you in beautiful Warwick, Rhode Island.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christine or Don at (401) 737-2809.

5 Martial Arts Injury Prevention Tips for Parents

Customer Service - Tuesday, March 08, 2016

There are more than 6 million kids participating in martial art classes across the United States and that number is constantly growing. So what does this mean for parents and instructors? It is becoming increasingly important to ensure your kids are staying safe and receiving the best possible martial arts education they can. Use these 5 tips to prevent injury and keep your kids safe during their training, because a safe class means a fun class!

1. Find an Experienced Instructor You Trust


An experienced instructor will know how to maintain the safest possible environment for your child. They will know when to advance students to more difficult techniques and when to take it slow. They will not allow roughhousing or horse play and will teach students the importance of technique and self-control. Do your research and observe an instructor in action to see if they will provide your child with a safe and enjoyable learning experience.


2. Purchase High Quality Safety Equipment

 
Martial arts sparring gear is a necessity for safe and effective training. It's essential that the gear you select for your child is reliable and offers adequate protection for when they are learning new techniques. Poor foam density and overall construction can greatly reduce the level of impact protection, increasing the risk of injury. Make sure your child's gear has been tested and proven effective.


3. Be Aware of Your Child's Environment


The quality of the environment your child is training in is just as important as the quality of your child's protective gear. If the mats on the floor are worn or damaged then your child has a greater chance of tripping and spraining an ankle. Make sure floors are dry and free of any slipping hazards. Without a safe environment your child could slip during practice causing misguided kicks or punches.


4. Keep Your Child Hydrated


Make sure your child is drinking water before, during, and after practice. They are bound to sweat during class and without the proper hydration your child may become exhausted and dehydrated. An experienced instructor will watch for students who may be overheating or near physical exhaustion. They will regularly stop class for students to take a "water break" to prevent this from happening, but it's up to you to make sure your child is drinking before and after class as well.


5. Know the Common Injuries 


Just like any contact sport, there is a risk of injury when practicing martial arts. The above tips will help prevent these injuries from happening, but it is also important to be aware and know what to do if your child is injured to prevent further damage. Some of the most common injuries are scrapes and bruises. Wash scrapes and cuts with water and bandage before returning back to class. Apply ice to bruises. For more serious injuries like sprains and head injuries seek a medical professional before returning to class.

A Guide to Martial Arts Weaponry

Customer Service - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Martial Arts Weaponry encompasses a wide spectrum of tools that can be found in many forms of traditional martial arts. The weapons we see in martial arts forms and demonstration today have been used for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Asia. Martial arts weaponry has developed into an amazing art from. It takes extreme discipline and focus to master a weapon. Many practices believe the weapon is an extension of the body. It can increase force and balance. This guide only grazes the basics of some of the weaponry out there.

You are advised to seek professional instruction before using martial art weaponry.