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​Congratulations to Team Macho for a fantastic 2015

Customer Service - Thursday, January 14, 2016

In the beginning of 2015, Christine Bannon-Rodrigues suggested that we bring back Team Macho. It has been years since Macho had a team out on the circuit. With an exceptional amount of help from Bannon, Team Macho was formed. We kept it small and quiet and only enlisted three athletes for our first year. However, three very remarkable and talented individuals were a huge success in the USA and beyond. Thank you to the team members, Dante Rodrigues, Kathryn Tian, and Ryker Weaver, and coach, Christine Bannon Rodrigues, for making 2015 such a success!


Dante Rodrigues had a great year competing with NASKA and the Krane circuit, winning 7 Grand Championships. He moved into the adult division in September, when he turned 18 and captured his first Adult Forms Grand Championship in November, proving himself a gifted competitor against experienced adults! He spent 2.5 weeks in the Grand Caymans teaching forms and then finished the year with a Krane National Title in Men’s Open Forms.


Kathryn Tian is a student at one of the top private high schools in the country, Harvard Westlake in California. She runs a Karate club at her high school and helps teach at her local ATA school. In addition to her commitment to studying and teaching, she also competed in NASKA and ATA tournaments this year, winning 3 ATA World Titles and 3 Grand Championships at NASKA events.


Ryker Weaver is a junior at Mountain Vista High School in Colorado. He teaches at his father’s Karate school and helps run a Hyper Demo Team of 15 members. He had a great year competing in many divisions mostly at NASKA National tournaments. He finished the year off strong as the Colorado State Champion in Forms and Weapons.


“The three of them are very proud to be part of Team Macho,” said Christine Bannon Rodrigues, coach of Team Macho, “and they represent well, with good attitudes and sportsmanship.”

We are proud of Team Macho’s many accomplishments this year and look forward to what 2016 will bring.



Fight for a Better You: Why Martial Arts Classes Make a Great New Year's Resolution

Customer Service - Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Tired of writing an extensive list of resolutions that you’ll never be able to stick to? Instead improve your wellbeing this New Year in one easy step: take a martial arts class. Signing up for a martial arts class may seem like an unconventional resolution, but by doing so you will be able to improve your wellbeing on multiple levels. Martial arts improve self-confidence, self-defense, focus and physical fitness.

Self-Confidence
If you are attending your first martial arts class or pushing yourself to train harder this year, then you are already on your journey to building a better, stronger, more confident you. It takes courage to enter a dojo and interact with instructors and students who are on a similar path as you. It takes courage to spar, train and compete with fellow martial artists. Through your training you will condition yourself to take on challenges and face your fears inside the dojo and in your everyday life.

Self-Defense
Having confidence in your safety and wellbeing is an invaluable trait to carry with you. Learn tactics to defend yourself if you’re ever in a position that calls for it. Chances are most attackers do not hold any formal training and will therefore not be prepared for the strikes and kicks you’ll be able to throw at them. Surprise yourself with the power that is within you, the power that a martial arts class will reveal.

Focus
Accuracy training is a big part of martial arts classes. You must learn distance, balance, and form while making sure to strike places that will count in a sparring match. Through this intensive focus and precision training you will begin to feel a deeper connection to the movements of your body. Focus training will also benefit your wellbeing outside of the class. You’ll find yourself feeling more centered and in touch with your body and mind. Your concentration will improve as well as your posture and balance.

Physical Fitness
Improved posture and balance are just some of the physical benefits you’ll start noticing. Many have lost weight through their training all while having fun. Martial arts classes are a lot more exciting than mundane visits to the gym. You’ll be interacting with others, throwing punches, learning forms, and doing all sorts of different movements and tricks. You’ll want to stick to your training, because of how much fun you’ll have!

Make Sure You're Purchasing the Right Gi

Customer Service - Tuesday, December 22, 2015


What size should I buy? What weight? What color? What style? The questions can go on and on. Purchasing a gi seems like a daunting task. Uniforms are a vital part of martial arts training. We understand that getting the right one is important. This guide will help take away the confusion involved in purchasing a gi, so you can be confident you're getting the gi you need.

Before you get started, it's always a good idea to talk to your instructor. Many instructors have strict guidelines on the types of gi's they will allow in their school.

What Style Do I Pick?

The first thing you may be wondering is whether or not there is a difference between the uniform types. The answer is yes; there is a difference. The one you should go with depends on the type of martial arts you are practicing.

Karate and Tae Kwon Do uniforms are a lot lighter than Jiu Jitsu uniforms and usually weigh around 8 oz. They get their lightness from the limited stitching around the sleeves and collar and from the thin, straight, and tightly woven cotton or cotton/polyester blend fabric they are constructed from. The biggest difference is that Karate uniforms have tie straps on the inside of the jacket. This ensures the jacket will not fly off during intense striking and kicking. The karate uniform has been maximized for a more limited range of movement. It was designed to stay in place during standing strikes, while maximizing speed through its lightness.

A Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, and Judo uniform is heavier and has been optimized for the intense movement involved in gripping, pulling, and turning. The tough weave reduces tangling with limbs and is easier to grapple with. Unlike a Karate gi, a Jiu Jitsu, BJJ, and Judo gi do not have tie straps on the inside. Ties would be easily torn off from the intense pulling and twisting movements involved in practicing these martial arts.

What Color Should I Go With?

Most traditional styles are white, but with a wide selection of colors available out there, you may be tempted to explore your color options. The safest thing to do is talk to your instructor first. A lot of schools have specific colors they want you to wear. Your instructor will let you know your school’s color guidelines.



What Weight is Best for Me?


When we talk about weight, we mean how heavy a uniform is; weight is not the same as size. Personal preference comes in to play when choosing the weight of your gi. There are many factors that influence a martial artist’s weight preference.

Entry level students often prefer a lightweight uniform, weighing around 7oz. This weight helps students get comfortable with practice. They can get used to movements without being distracted by a super thick and heavy uniform. Plus, lighter weight uniforms are less expensive. With young students growing or just starting out, the less expensive and lighter option is ideal.

High level and competing martial artists often prefer a solid middleweight uniform, such as the 8.5oz. It has enough weight and substance to make the correct snapping noise when doing forms and is light enough not to restrict movement or hinder balance. A well-constructed middleweight will last a long time.

Heavyweight uniforms are often reserved for advanced students and master instructors who prefer the traditional fit and feel. Since they are well-trained martial artists and wear uniforms several times a week, the solid heavyweight gi offers optimal durability and is great for training and demonstrating forms. The traditional thick fabric construction with more stitching around the sleeves and lapel gives the uniform a great “POP” during movement. That satisfying snap is important to well-trained martial artists when they are demonstrating a form. It can add energy and a feeling of power to strikes.

What Size am I?

The most important factor in purchasing your gi is fit. So how do you know what size will fit you best? There are three major measurements to take into account: height, weight, and circumference.



Take these three numbers and compare them to the sizing charts available throughout the Macho website.

Are you tall and thin? Or short and stout? There is a trick to helping you find a size that will best fit your unique shape. The most important thing to consider is height. Most gis provide room to fit your circumference and weight despite the size, but if it’s too long or too short, then it won’t work for you. You don’t want to be swimming in sleeves that are too long, so always accommodate height first!

We hope this guide helped answer your questions, but if there is something you’re still not certain about feel free to contact our customer service at 800-327-6812. We are here to help you succeed on your martial arts journey.

Know How Your Headgear Stacks Up - 4 Rules For Finding The Right Gear

Customer Service - Thursday, December 10, 2015



Teachers won’t teach a sparring class without it. Parents demand it. Adolescents need it. Insurance companies require it. It minimizes injuries while elevating safety and performance. With new studies being released on the long-term effects of concussions, martial arts headgear is more important than ever for safety of all ages. While martial arts sparring gear may look the same, poor foam density and overall construction can greatly reduce the level of impact protection. Follow these 4 rules to ensure your most important martial arts tool, your brain, gets the protection it needs during training.


Rule #1: Foam Thickness and Density

Good gear should have a foam thickness of ¾ inch or thicker. Layered foam positioned at key strike zones can add another level of protection. Beware of textured foam that looks like an “egg-crate” and “waffle” design. Texturing has been shown to reduce the effective thickness of the foam and reduce protective qualities. Ask your school owner or manufacturer if their gear has been tested and what are the results.

Here's a closer look at two of Macho's most popular headgear designs:




Rule #2: Adequate Back-of-Head Coverage

Falling creates the most serious injuries. Whether you are a world champion or a beginner, you can lose your balance. Having adequate coverage to the back of your head is vital. The falling test is a great way head gear companies can ensure their products offer this protection. This test assesses the typical impact you would feel when falling on the back of your head. In 1997, Macho was the first manufacturer to use the drop anvil (or falling test) to test its gear against the competition. Make sure the head gear you use has been put through a similar testing process or you could be as risk.


Rule #3: Vision

Maximum peripheral vision is a safety and performance issue. When you choose your headgear, make sure nothing obstructs your view. You should have at least 105 degrees of unobstructed view.. Maximizing your peripheral vision will assist you in your sparring and help you move out of the way of an oncoming strike. It will create a more effective fighting experience


Rule #4: Ear Pressure Release

The Ear Pressure Release Test checks to make sure the headgear design enables air to flow around the ear to protect the eardrums from rupture. Macho Martial Arts introduced the patented ear-release canal design in 1984. This Macho innovation has now become an industry standard.




Your safety is our number one concern. Without the appropriate impact tests, high-level impact protection, and high-quality impact dispersing materials your martial arts training could be hindered. Take the time to do your research and in return increase the time you’ll be able to spend in a dojo.



Host a Martial Arts Holiday Event with these Easy To Do Ideas

Customer Service - Thursday, November 05, 2015

Now is the time to start planning your holiday event with the help of Macho Martial Arts Shopping Guide and these festive ideas which are sure to inspire your students with some martial arts cheer!

Bring Santa to the Party

Dress up as Santa in our red Macho Traditional Middleweight Uniform with your black belt. Add a santa hat and a jolly beard! Your students will get a kick out of seeing Santa wearing a traditional gi.

Pin the Black Belt on the Reindeer

In addition to a having a bright red nose, Rudolph knows karate! Get crafty with construction paper and double stick tape and have your students pin the most prestigious rank belt to their merry reindeer friend.

Holiday Treats That Are Sure to be a “Hit”

Put a playful spin on holiday favorites: Serve Ninja Bread men, the classic gingerbread cookie, but this time wearing a martial arts uniform in place of his normal gum drop buttons. Or make Ninja Bread ornaments for the kids to bring home.

Serve a festive holiday drink that will pack a punch. A hydrating drink is a great way to fuel a martial arts class, while the festive color will inspire holiday merriment.


Apply Fun Holiday Themes to Class Activities

Instead of the normal class activities apply playful holiday themes. Show kids how to stretch like a Christmas tree with their legs apart and their hands making a point high above their heads. Turn your Macho Kids Kicking Shield into the Grinch and watch as kids have a merry kick-mas time!

The Best Gift this Holiday Season: Confidence

Make sure to inform parents that the gift of martial arts is the best gift they can give their children. It teaches self-discipline and socialization skills that are vital in developing minds. Providing kids with confidence, self-esteem, and important life lessons through martial arts classes and equipment will be the best gift any kid will unwrap this holiday season.

Have a fun, festive, and martial arts-tastic holiday season and don’t forget to check out Macho Martial Arts Holiday Shopping Guide to stay up to date with special sales!


 

Not all sparring gear is created equal

Customer Service - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What every school owner, parent and athlete should know.


Martial arts sparring gear is a necessity for safe and effective training. It’s essential that the gear you select is reliable and offers adequate protection when learning new striking techniques. 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.

WHAT TO ASK FOR WHEN CHOOSING GEAR:

Where is it coming from?
A lot of gear is made in unregulated factories overseas. Macho gear is made to Macho specifications and is closely monitored by the Macho staff to ensure it meets our standard.

Will the gear disperse force or channel it into your body?
A 1/2-pound hand can deliver over 700 lbs. of force. If your gear can’t absorb it, you’ll have to.

Does it use quality material?
Foam density and design are key factors in how gear disperses the force of impact. The wrong material or poor design could be costly.

Is it tested, proven effective?
Macho has tested its gear at its own facilities and independent labs.