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  • How To Maintain Healthy Mats and Protect Athletes with Dollamur’s Mat Attack!™ Cleaner

    At the peak of any training season common rashes and infections will occur on sport surfaces. Through-out regular training, mats should be cleaned daily to prevent what is commonly referred to as “Mat Funk,” a combination of infectious conditions such as ring worm, herpes simplex, impetigo, staph infections/MRSA and scabies.

    “Contagious skin infections are a big concern for athletes who compete at any level,” said Chuck Thompson, VP at Dollamur. “As a manufacturer of high-performance sport surfaces for wrestling, martial arts, cross-training and fitness, Dollamur mats help protect athletes from falls and take-downs.  Regular cleaning maintenance of your mats is critical to health and well-being of athletes.  For many years, Dollamur has offered an Athletic Surface Disinfectant, but the decision was made to rebrand this product with a new name Mat Attack!™ Athletic Surface Cleaner to stress the importance for mat health.”

    Mat Attack!™ is designed to provide effective cleaning, deodorizing and disinfection in areas where housekeeping maintenance is of prime importance in controlling the hazard of cross-contamination on surfaces. Use Dollamur’s Mat Attack!™ to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces such as Wrestling, Martial Arts, MMA, Fitness, Yoga and Pilates mats, wall pads, athletic mats, athletic training tables, physical therapy tables, exercise equipment, athletic helmets, wrestling/boxing headgear, athletic shoe soles and in locker rooms.

    “Even though all of our smooth and tatami vinyl mats are pre-treated with an anti-microbial, additional daily cleaning is a critical step for a safe and healthy mat,” added Thompson.

     

    How to clean your Dollamur mat:

    Use in conjunction with the Dollamur Microfiber Wet Mop Pad and Mop - Also available as a Cleaner, Mop and Microfiber Pad Kit in the Dollamur store.

    Step 1 – Use Dollamur Dry Microfiber Pad Mop to dust away loose dirt

    Step 2 – Mix mat cleaner according to directions on bottle

    Step 3 – Spray your mat generously with Mat Attack!

    Step 4 – Let sit for 10 minutes

    Step 5 – Mop map with Dollamur Wet Microfiber Pad. Allow mats to dry thoroughly before use.

    Check out this video for detailed instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=71&v=8yWDUYxoIUE

     

    ABOUT MAT ATTACK!

    Mat Attack!™ is a phosphate-free formulation. It is a disinfectant effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and is viricidal including HIV-1, HCV, H5N1, H1N1, H9N2 and HBV.  It also inhibits the growth of mold and mildew and their odors when used as directed. This product is an effective fungicide against Trichophyton mentagrophytes - the agent that causes Athlete’s Foot fungus on bathroom surfaces - and is used to clean and disinfect hard, non-porous sport surfaces.

  • 5 Questions with Coach Jacob Harman from Team Thunder

    1) How do you motivate kids vs professionals and what are some take-aways for up and coming coaches?

    “A lot of the time coaching kids and professionals is very similar – it’s very contextual and it always depends on the individual.”

    Coach Harman coaches kids as young as 3 years old and focuses on fun and over-celebrating a child’s successes and achievements. “I try to ignore their bad behaviors or failures at that age,” Coach says, he doesn’t want to teach them to fear failures, so all of his attention is focused on their successes.

    When it comes to coaching professionals or more experienced athletes, “it’s important to remind them why they love the sport and why they started training in the first place – Keeping it fun!”

     

    2) What is the most important life skill coaches should teach kids?

    “Confidence and self-respect,” Coach replied quickly.

    He went on to say that along with confidence, having self-respect (and respect for others) is so important in both wrestling and MMA. “They need to think of themselves as a hand-crafted Bentley, and treat themselves just as preciously. – You wouldn’t eat McDonalds in a Bentley!”

    After self-respect is learned and instilled at a young age it gives them an advantage because they learn to see themselves as worthy and ‘Bentley-like.’ It gives them an ‘I-matter’ and one-of-a-kind mindset that will guide them through the rest of their lives, not only in their training, and help them over-come day-to-day obstacles.

     

    3) What’s your favorite drill for kids?

    For children ages 3 – 6, Coach explained how he can “trick them into being strong” by playing games and making workouts fun. As they get a bit older it’s all about flow-rolling and ‘play wrestling.’

    “We tend to become too work-oriented in general, but it shouldn’t always be about work,” Coach explained, “We need to minimize burnout as much as possible.” Coach does this by letting his athletes be creative and come up with their own ideas and techniques.

    Coach also prides himself on teaching his students to be good listeners and respectful, all while having fun.

     

    4) Who do you consider the best fighter you’ve ever coached and what makes him or her special or different from others?

    Coaches first response - “That’s an impossible question!”

    After a bit of thought, Coach started with Rafael Dos Anjos, “He uses his heart to push his muscle.”

    He went on to explain how Anjos grew from living in a small home in Brazil with 2-3 other families, to becoming a UFC Champion – after almost leaving the UFC all-together.

    Next was multi-UFC Champion, Lyoto Machida. Coach described him as “all-around just a true martial artist.” He shared one example of Machida learning a ‘hit-punch-sprawl’ combination in about 3 minutes, as where Coach normally expects no less than 3 full sessions for an athlete to feel comfortable with this move. “We showed him the move, he closed his eyes and walked himself through it, opened his eyes and did it amazingly his first try! – I’d never seen anything like it,” Coach said, “he has one of the best minds I’ve ever worked with.”

    Coach also felt it important to include Morgan McIntosh, “He may be the best wrestler I’ve ever coached.” He continued on to tell us how McIntosh went unscored upon offensively and was never taken down for over 3 years of his high school career. He was an NCAA finalist for Penn State and continued on to graduate with high ranking the US special forces. Coach ended with “He’s an all-around amazing athlete and a hero.”

     

    5) How long does it take for an NCAA wresting champion or elite wrestler to transition to Fighting MMA?  What is the hardest obstacle for them?  

    “Wrestlers definitely already have the advantage of great work ethic and goal setting when transitioning into MMA,” Coach Harman started, “the MMA journey can be loose and undefined but wrestlers are able to bring logic and structure into their training schedules.” He explained how muscle memory tends to be one disadvantage to transitioning wrestlers when it comes to dropping their heads, “wrestlers tend to get Guillotined more often, specifically.”

    “Wrestlers are the toughest people on the planet.” Coach continued on to explain and because of that it’s important to know when to take a break and not to over-train. “Over-training can exhaust your mood, mind and body.” Coach used the example of ‘cramming for a test’ and explained how wrestlers transitioning into MMA often feel like they’ve fallen behind in a class. “They are trying to cram a lifetime of BJJ and Muay Thai into one or two years and this leads to over-training because they’re essentially adding two brand new disciplines into their schedule, but once they grasp the concept, they tend to excel.” He added, “With that being said, it’s important for any athlete to enjoy the process and find the best partners to make training efficient.”

     

    Coached finished up the interview with, “I really appreciate the support, constant contact and attention I receive from Mike Swain and the Dollamur team.”

     

    Products Featured:

    Tatami Martial Arts Mats: https://www.dollamur.com/martialarts/flexi-connect-martial-arts

    Wrestling Mats: https://www.dollamur.com/wrestling/flexiconnect

  • See You At the Show!

    It's a busy summer at Dollamur.  We have 2 great shows coming up.  Hope to see you there!

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    IDEA World Convention

    When:  June 27-July 1, 2018

    Where:  San Diego, CA

    Why:  Over 14,000 fitness professionals, club and studio owners/managers, nutrition professionals and leading brands for the Super Bowl of Fitness. Experience 4 days of cutting-edge education, networking and motivation at the biggest industry event of the year!

    Dollamur Booth #3031 near the IDEA STUDIO STAGE – Dollamur will also be providing the stage flooring for the 3rd year in a row. 1 ¼” Royal Blue Tatami FLEXI-Roll with FLEXI-Connect.

     

     

     

    Martial Arts 18 Supershow

    When:  July 1-3, 2018maia

    Where:  Las Vegas, NV

    Why:  17th annual martial arts conference held in Las Vegas, NV. You get three days of hard-hitting, growth-oriented strategies to build your martial arts school and improve your martial arts career.

    Booth #329 – Booth will feature some digital printed graphics on the floors and wall pad.

     

    Keep an eye on Social media for pictures. Facebook  Twitter   Instagram

  • Interview: Mike Swain on Rick Tittle, Sports Byline

    As part of the announcement for Dollamur being named the Official Mat of USA Judo,  Mike Swain gave a live interview with Rick Tittle, Sports Byline.com.  Listen to the interview below.  See the Facebook Live mat demo at: CLICK HERE

    LISTEN TO INTERVIEW: CLICK HERE

     

  • Dollamur Named "Official Mat" of USA Judo

    Leading Sports-Surface Manufacturer Dollamur Named ‘Official Mat’ of USA Judo 

    (FORT WORTH, Texas)Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) – the world's leading manufacturer of high-performance sport flooring for martial arts, wrestling, fitness, gymnastics, cheerleading and yoga – has been named “official mat” of USA Judo.

    USA Judo is the national governing body for Olympic Judo in the United States. Dollamur will provide its patented FLEXI-Connect® built-in connection system mats at all USA Judo qualifying events leading up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.  Dollamur’s martial arts flooring design was assisted by four-time Judo Olympian and World Judo Champion Mike Swain and is recognized as the ultimate system for training and competition worldwide.

    “As an elite athlete who was supported by the USA Judo system, I am proud to give back to the events that will produce the next champions and Olympians from the USA,” says Swain, who is Dollamur’s Vice President of Martial Arts and Fitness sales.

    The Judo FLEXI-Connect® system is a combination of four layers of Dollamur high-performance athletic foam bonded to a martial arts-specific vinyl surface to give athletes a superior mat for competition.  Continue reading

  • Old Traditions Make New Opportunities

    Martial Arts Video Series - Greg Jackson - Part 3

    PART 3 :: Embracing Ancient Martial Arts Traditions

    In Asia, you see many adult men and women involved in practicing martial arts. It is a core value of their tradition. With the implementation of traditional martial arts and modern training techniques, it is possible that it could become a tradition here in the US. Traditional martial arts promotes both physical health as well as mental development and can be beneficial at any stage of life.

    GREG JACKSON - JACKSON'S MMA ASSOCIATION, NM
    Coach Greg Jackson is a premier mixed martial arts trainer who founded Jackson's MMA Association and is considered by many as the top MMA training school in the world.
    Greg Jackson's continual evolving of techniques laid the foundation of what was to become one of the most successful and renowned teams in Mixed Martial Arts.
    Coach Jackson has trained over 15 world champions and Team Jackson-Winkeljohn has been named "Team of the Year" twice by the World MMA Awards. In addition to this, Greg himself has won the World MMA Awards "Shawn Tomkins Coach of the Year" three times (2009-2011), as well as being inducted into the Grapplers Quest Inaugural Submission Grappling and Jiu-jitsu Hall of Fame in 2009.

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    https://www.dollamur.com/demail/ma_jackson_part3.html

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