Essential Gear Oct/Nov 2020
Essential Gear

In this issue find some of the best essentials you need for your training!

Power Pops

Need a snack to follow up an intense training session? Power Pops Protein Puffs pack the punch you might be looking for. Available in a variety of flavors — including bacon cheddar, Parmesan garlic and white cheddar — each packet delivers 21 grams of protein to rebuild your muscles while providing the energy you need to function. One serving contains 28,500 mg of amino acids, which are essential for building muscle and staying healthy. Bonus: They are made in the USA.

make: Power Pops
model: Protein Puffs
msrp: $3

Onnit Total Human

Onnit says its Total Human supplements are the key to helping people "achieve their fullest human potential." Each twin-pack consists of a daily dosage of supplements separated into a.m. and p.m. pouches. The a.m. packs contain proprietary supplements that boost awareness, energy and the immune system — including Alpha Brain. The p.m. packs help you wind down after a long day with supplements that regulate mood and provide antioxidant support without altering sleep patterns. The supplements are available in a 30-day supply or by subscription for those who want to automate the reordering process while saving up to 40 percent.

make: Onnit
model: Total Human
msrp: $137.95

Bear Blocks

Functional strength comes from the core. A simple but effective exercise for your core is the plank. Unfortunately, the conventional plank can hurt you. The problem stems from the eight small bones and five ligament structures in the wrist. A traditional plank compresses those bones and strains those ligaments because of the wrist angle. While staying in the plank position for one minute might be OK, regularly doing so for six minutes can lead to wrist pain, fatigue and injury. This is why Bear Blocks developed a device that helps you avoid wrist strain by changing the hand angle and letting you grip the underside of the blocks.
make: Bear Blocks
model: Bear Blocks
msrp: $49.99

Century Fitness Training Station

The Fitness Training Station from Century is a bag hanger that refuses to be only that. Its durable steel frame features dip bars, pull-up handles and push-up handles, plus pegs for hanging plate weights to boost the unit's stability. It gives you everything you need for a workout that hits the chest, biceps and triceps. And that's not even mentioning the main function of the Fitness Training Station — to hold a heavy bag for your martial arts training. It will handle a bag that weighs up to 100 pounds and can be set up anywhere. Best part is the unit doesn't require drilling into a wall or the ceiling to install. Bag not included. Some assembly required.
model: Fitness Training Station
msrp: $249.99

Let the Samurai Be Your Guide

Lori Tsugawa Whaley wrote Let the Samurai Be Your Guide: The Seven Bushido Pathways to Personal Success to give 21st-century readers a glimpse into the lives — and success secrets — of the famed Japanese warriors. In case you're wondering, those seven essential elements are courage, integrity, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor and loyalty. 191 pages.
author: Lori Tsugawa Whaley
title: Let the Samurai Be Your Guide
msrp: $16.99

Century Belt Display

According to Japanese tradition, the torii gate is a symbol of transition. It's often depicted not as an obstacle or barred path but as a passageway open to the dedicated. Open to those who persevere through the rigors of hard work. Once mounted on your wall, this wooden display turns that metaphor into a literal truth with each belt you add on your journey of commitment to your art.
model: Belt Display
msrp: $24.99

Century Centurion Glove

The design of the Centurion Glove is based on that of Century Martial Arts' original, best-selling grip-bar bag glove. With a classic look — black and burgundy leather with a tan accent over the grip bar on the palm — it features modern construction and durability.
model: Centurion Glove
msrp: $59.99

Century Kumite Elite Gi

The seasoned competitive karateka makes sparring precise and elegant with no wasted movement or excess — just like the Century Kumite Elite Gi. 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.
model: Kumite Elite Gi
msrp: $78.99-$109.99

How will you perform at the moment of truth?

What's going to happen to you physically and emotionally in a real fight where you could be injured or killed? Will you defend yourself immediately, hesitate during the first few critical seconds of the fight, or will you be so paralyzed with fear that you won't be able to move at all? The answer is - you won't know until you can say, "Been there, done that." However, there is a way to train for that fearful day.

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This week I've asked Robert Borisch to give me a birds eye view on his marketing strategy.

Robert is the head sensei and owner of Tri-City Judo a well-established commercial judo school in Kennewick, Washington. I am very impressed with his highly successful business. Unlike BJJ, TKD, karate, and krav maga, in judo we tend to teach in community centers, YMCA's, and other not for profit outlets. So when I find a for profit judo model that is growing by leaps and bounds, it intrigues me. Below are Robert's raw and uncensored comments spoken like a true commercial martial arts school entrepreneur / owner.

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The man who apparently launched a racist verbal attack on U.S. women's kata champion Sakura Kokumai earlier this month in a California park has been arrested following a physical assault on an elderly Korean-American couple in the same park Sunday. Michael Vivona is accused of punching a 79-year-old man and his 80-year-old wife without provocation. reported that a group of people playing basketball in Grijalva Park at the time of the assault recognized Vivona from his previous harassment of Kokumai and surrounded him until a nearby police officer arrived to make an arrest. The incident with Kokumai, who is slated to represent the United States in this summer's Tokyo Olympics, gained widespread notice after she posted a video of it on social media in an effort to increase awareness about the growing threat of anti-Asian racism.