Essential Gear August/September 2019

C-Gear Sparring Gear is ideal for sport-karate competition. Machine washable and dryer safe, it can be worn one day, washed and dried that evening, and ready to wear again the next day. C-Gear is now available in four new solid colors: black, white, red and navy. That makes it easier to find an option that fits any uniform or look.

The seasoned competitive karateka makes sparring precise and elegant with no wasted movement or excess — just like the Century Kumite Elite Uniform. Crafted for the competitor, it features lightweight construction and mesh panels to help the wearer stay cool and move comfortably in the heat of sparring. Reinforced stitching at the stress points helps the Kumite Elite stand up to repeated high-energy sessions.

Thinking about new mats for your dojo? Now's the time to get them because you can take advantage of Century Martial Arts' volume discount. Get up to $10 off each mat when you buy 40 or more new puzzle mats. All mats are 40 inches by 40 inches and come in various thicknesses and colors. They are also two-colored and reversible so you can easily create patterns (such as rings for sparring) on your floor.

If you're out to toughen your hands, it may be time to acquire a Reversible Spring Makiwara With Floor Stand. One side features a leather coil-spring striking surface, and the other has what's required for a tough-man rope workout. It stands 56 inches high. The leather side measures 11 inches by 6 inches, and the rope side is 14 inches by 6.5 inches. Because this is a natural wood product, colors vary.

This 75-minute DVD stars Vancouver, Canada–based Chenhan Yang, a disciple of Liang Shou-Yu. A master of baguazhang (also spelled pa kua chang), Yang focuses on the health-restoring, strength-building and spirit-raising benefits of training in the Chinese art.

Ade Finch penned this 62-page book to guide readers to their own expression in martial arts. It focuses on the living principles of the “way of the internal gate," which is the name of the author's system.
$5 (for the Kindle)

Subtitled The Science and Techniques of Pressure Point Fighting, this 224-page book by Rand Cardwell covers the traditional Chinese approach to using and defending against pressure-point attacks. Illustrated.

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ONE Championship kick-started their exciting month on Wednesday, April 7, with ONE on TNT I inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The long-awaited meeting between ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes and ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson took center stage and had a shocking conclusion.

Five other bouts helped fill out ONE's primetime debut in the United States.

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World Taekwondo

The European Taekwondo Championships wrapped up on Sunday in Sofia, Bulgaria with Russia dominating the men's categories while Great Britain reigned on the women's side. The British nabbed three titles in the women's events lead by two-time Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones who took her third European championship capturing the 57 kg division with a 20-5 victory over Turkey's Hatice Kübra İlgün. Jones will seek to become the first British woman to win individual gold at three different Olympics when she competes at this year's Tokyo games.

The Russian men also earned three titles lead by 2017 world champion Maksim Khramtsov, who garnered his second European crown at 80 kg.

On Wednesday, April 14, ONE Championship returns with ONE on TNT II on primetime on TNT with two incredible bouts leading the charge.

One of those bouts features ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion Janet "JT" Todd continuing her pursuit of two-sport dominance against Anne "Ninja" Line Hogstad in a Muay Thai contest.

The two top-ranked Muay Thai contenders each have their own hopes and dreams for the gold, but if Todd can capture it, she will be the second-ever two-sport atomweight World Champion. She is chasing history to cement her legacy as the best atomweight striker in the world.

But Hogstad will not be one to lay down for her bid.

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