Essential Gear February/March 2020


STRIVE CARDIO KICKBOXING GLOVES
These gloves from Century Martial Arts have some brand-new looks. Washer and dryer safe, they're comfortable and durable gloves that won't slow you down with constant care and maintenance — just pop them in the wash between workouts. Plus, the bold new designs are sublimated and resistant to cracking and fading, which ensures that the colors stay as strong as your haymaker. Keeping your gloves up is easy when they look this good.
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TORRENT BAGS
The latest in the long line of Century's revolutionary free-standing bags, the Torrent T1 and T2 bag system features a two-part stem design, which allows the bag to bend, flow and shift with each strike. Keep throwing punches instead of chasing the bag!
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PADDLE TARGETS
Century's new Custom Double Paddle Targets are the perfect tool for the versatile fighter. The angled, double-sided striking surface is ideal for quick changes in attacks, allowing for varied combinations with fluid movement — each blow landing with a satisfying snap. For a personal touch, get your artwork silkscreened on any of the bold color options.
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CENTURYMARTIALARTS.COM

BALANCED HYDRATION
Balanced Hydration features more bioavailable forms of the electrolytes you need with zero sugar and no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors. It's higher in potassium than sodium so you can promote hydration during the day long before you start training.
$30
VITAMINSHOPPE.COM

KI-AI HEADBANDS
These headbands are designed to help unify and focus your spirit and body every time you tie one on. Like the headbands that inspired and motivated Japan's samurai and ninja, these high-quality pieces will inspire and motivate you.
$11-$13
KI-AIENTERPRISES.COM

HAND WRAPS WITH INSTRUCTIONS
ArrowWay developed its Instructional Hand Wraps to guide newcomers along a safer path to the ring. Approximately 142 inches long, they feature step-by-step directions for wrapping your hands for maximum support.
$10
MEISTERELITE.COM

CHEN STYLE TAIJIQUAN
This new book by Mark Chen is subtitled Collected Masterworks: The History of a Martial Art. The 232-pager provides a fascinating glimpse into China's martial past and the self-defense system one facet of it generated.
$19
BLUESNAKEBOOKS.COM

Black Belt Magazine has a storied history that dates back all the way to 1961, making 2021 the 60th Anniversary of the world's leading magazine of martial arts. To celebrate six decades of legendary martial arts coverage, take a trip down memory lane by scrolling through some of the most influential covers ever published. From the creators of martial art styles, to karate tournament heroes, to superstars on the silver screen, and everything in between, the iconic covers of Black Belt Magazine act as a time capsule for so many important moments and figures in martial arts history. Keep reading to view the full list of these classic issues.

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Twenty-year-old prodigy Elisabeth Clay stole the show claiming double gold at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Pan American No-Gi Championships Saturday in Texas. Clay won the women's black belt medium heavyweight and open divisions while scoring six submissions in as many matches.

On the men's side, Giancarlo Bodoni won a referee's decision over Lucas Barbosa to capture the heavyweight black belt division after losing to Barbosa in the finals last year. But Barbosa turned around and defeated Bodoni 4-0 in the semis of the open weight class on his way to capturing gold in that division.

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In a back and forth battle, Charles Oliveira finally claimed UFC gold winning the lightweight title against Michael Chandler in Houston, TX Saturday night. And Oliveira, the UFC's all time submission king with 14 wins via that route, did it on his feet knocking Chandler out in the second round.

The Brazilian opened with low kicks but Chandler quickly took the fight to him scoring a damaging left hook. He then dropped to the ground attempting a guillotine choke but Oliveira worked out of it to take Chandler's back. The American was eventually able to explode out of the position and regain his feet though, from there raining punches down on the prone Oliveira.

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