Essential Gear June/July 2019


KIZE COLLECTION
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.
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CENTURYMARTIALARTS.COM

KATA ELITE
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.
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CENTURYMARTIALARTS.COM

GAMENESS GI
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.
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CENTURYMARTIALARTS.COM

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.
$15
TUTTLEPUBLISHING.COM

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.
$19
YMAA.COM

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.
$19
LULU.COM

REVERSIBLE MAKIWARA
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.
$120
MARTIALARTSSUPERMARKET.COM

Dr. Craig's Martial Arts Movie Lounge

When The Fast and the Furious (2001) sped into the psyche's of illegal street racing enthusiasts, with a penchant for danger and the psychotic insanity of arrant automotive adventure, the brusque bearish, quasi-hero rebel, Dominic "Dom" Toretto was caustic yet salvationally portrayed with the power of a train using a Vin Diesel engine.

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In an epic final day match-up of unbeatens, sumo legend Hakuho defeated fellow Mongolian Terunofuji in an intense battle to claim a record 45th title at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament Sunday in Japan. Both wrestlers had entered the bout with perfect 14-0 marks, one of the rare occasions the finals of a Grand Sumo Tournament featured two competitors with perfect records.

Hakuho came out of the blocks with an immediate forearm to Terunofuji's face followed by a slapping attack. After a belt grip, he secured an overhook on Terunofuji's right arm and finally forced him to the ground with an armlock throw to earn the championship.

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The temple or monastery of Shaolin was built, according to some old documents and legends, in 495 (497?) AD by the Chinese emperor Hsiao Vhena when an Indian monk called Bhadri (Batuo) arrived and started preaching Buddhism there. The old documents, as well as narratives, claim that building lasted for about twenty years.

The monastery is situated in the central China in a mountainous region, surrounded by forests at the foot of the mountain Shao Shi after which it got its name (Shao-mount, Lin- forest). It is near the village Song Shan, the town Zhengzhov and the city of Louynag in the province Henan, and surrounded by the mountain chain Wu-tai.

Next to the temple there are 220 pagodas, built from 8th (791AD) to 19th century(1803). The Chinese name for the temple is Pinyin Shaolin-si. It has been the sacred place of Zen Buddhism (the Buddhist temple – Mahayana Chan of Zen Buddhism) to the Chinese and newcomers from India.

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