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.
KUMITE ELITE UNIFORM
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.
REVERSIBLE SPRING MAKIWARA
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.
BAGUA FOR BEGINNERS
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.
THE WAY OF THE INTERNAL GATE
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)
THE 36 DEADLY BUBISHI POINTS
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.