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Update on Sparring Gear Shipping Times

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Effective January 31, 2023, sparring gear - and only sparring gear - will experience shipping delays. All shipments, including orders placed during this time or after, will resume shipping on February 15, 2023. Here's the short version - I (Jeremy) still pack and ship every single sparring gear order. I'm fanatical about quality control, and without boring you with the details, the other fulfillment methods we've tried... haven't worked out. As I write this it's 2 degrees in Vermont and I board a plane in the morning to head off somewhere warmer. There are few times when the distributed nature...

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6 Martial Artists Freedoms - Universal Rights Common to All in the Martial Arts

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6 Martial Artists Freedoms - Universal Rights Common to All in the Martial Arts

I have thought long about writing this piece, and I've hesitated. Mostly because I know we'll receive some pushback about some of these things. However, I am tired of watching a troublesome minority gain mindshare beyond their size. You see, I believe most martial artists are good people, who simply want to train in peace. But all too often someone else comes along and wants to rain on their parade. I write this post in the hope that some of us can come together around common language and, in banding together, collectively tell the troublesome few to pound sand. Which...

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How do I choose sparring gear for karate competitions?

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Choosing sparring gear for karate competitions can be a challenging task, as you want to ensure that you have the necessary protection while also being able to move freely and effectively. Here are a few factors to consider when choosing sparring gear: Type of competition: Different types of competitions may have different rules and regulations regarding the type of sparring gear that is allowed. Be sure to check with the competition organizers to determine what type of gear is allowed and required. Level of protection: The level of protection you need will depend on your level of experience and the...

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How long does karate gear last?

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The lifespan of karate gear, such as uniforms (gi), gloves, shin guards, and other protective equipment, will depend on several factors, including the frequency of use, the quality of the gear, and how well the gear is cared for. Uniforms (gi): Karate uniforms, also known as gi, are typically made of heavy cotton or a blend of cotton and polyester. The lifespan of a gi will depend on how often it is worn and how well it is cared for. If a gi is worn regularly and washed frequently, it may need to be replaced after 6 to 12 months....

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At What Age Should Children Start Martial Arts Training?

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Martial arts training can be a beneficial and rewarding activity for children of all ages. However, the age at which a child is ready to start martial arts training may vary depending on a number of factors. One factor to consider is the child's physical development. Generally speaking, children should be physically mature enough to handle the demands of martial arts training before starting. This may vary depending on the specific martial art being practiced, as some martial arts involve more physical activity and contact than others. For example, arts such as karate or taekwondo may require more physical strength...

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