Essential Gear June/July 2019
The KIZE line from Century has expanded and now features head-to-toe coverage. The new KIZE Shin Instep Guards and the Chest Guard feature the same soft lining that has made KIZE Sparring Headgear, Gloves and Boots popular with all levels of martial artists. In addition to superior comfort, the gear features a sleek polyurethane exterior for performance and durability.
This uniform was developed by Century in collaboration with Steven Franz. The gi is designed for high-level kata competitors who are searching for a Japanese-style uniform. Made from heavyweight cotton canvas, it features six rows of stitching on the lapel and cuffs.
Gameness, the original U.S.-based Brazilian jiu-jitsu–specific company, is now a part of Century Martial Arts. That means you can get the same high-quality uniforms — like the Gameness Air Pro, the Feather and the Elite — from the retailer you trust for all your other martial arts needs. Whether you're acquiring one for training or competition, Gameness can't be beat.
BUSHIDO: THE SAMURAI CODE OF JAPAN
In this 192-page book, noted Japanese scholar Inazo Nitobe examines the seven precepts of bushido and describes the role they played in the life of the samurai warrior.
THE JUDO ADVANTAGE
Steve Scott, the author of this illustrated 217-page book, owns an eighth dan in judo and a seventh in jujitsu. That means he's eminently qualified to write about the mechanics of the Japanese grappling art.
KNIFE FIGHTING IN THE NETHERLANDS
The full title of this 543-pager is Stavast: Knife Fighting in the Netherlands — The Forbidden Art of Bekkesnijden. Author Jerome Blanes delves into the system's history and culture, and he provides plenty of photos and historical sketches to satisfy the desires of any aficionado of the European martial arts.
This makiwara is reversible to permit workouts that use the heavy duck canvas surface as well as the rope surface. The post stands 56 inches tall, and the base measures 28 inches by 12 inches. The canvas striking surface is 12 inches by 4.75 inches. The rope surface is 11.25 inches by 7 inches. It's designed to stand alone or to be bolted to the floor. Because it's constructed with natural wood, colors and grain patterns vary.