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Judo Champion and Mat Innovator
Mike Swain name is synonymous with United States judo. He's a four-time Olympic competitor, a two-time Black Belt Hall of Fame inductee, and the first American male ever to win the World Judo Championship. More than simply a successful competitor and coach, Swain has taken what he learned on the mat and translated it into entrepreneurial success. Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Mike began judo under the instruction of Sensei Yoshisada Yonezuka, a two-time U.S. Olympic coach, a member of the Nihon University Judo team and the San Jose State Judo Team. Swain’s wife Tania Chie Ishii represented Brazil in the 1992 Olympic games, and his father-in-law Chiaki Ishii won the bronze medal for Brazil in the 1972 Olympics. They live in San Jose with their daughter, Sophia, and a son, Masato, who have grown up doing judo.
Mike has competed and medaled in every major competition of Judo, including the Olympics ('88 bronze), the World Championships (''85 silver, '85 gold, '89 silver), and the Pan American Games('87 gold). To hone his skills, Swain would often travel to Japan to train at Nihon University, and the Tokyo Police Academy. In the early '90s, Mike transitioned from player to coach, and led the '96 Olympic team in Atlanta. He also became a coach of the San Jose State judo team, the most successful collegiate judo team in United States history. He presently serves on the USA Judo board of directors and is committed to spreading Judo and competitive sports as a everyday practice and a way of life.
Swain Sports International was founded by Mike Swain in 1987 with the intent to create high quality products that would set new standards for the martial arts community. Taking his vast knowledge from the competitive and coaching arenas, and reforming it to serve the training centers and dojos for the everyday martial artist. Mike built Swain Sports to be the go-to distributor of martial arts mats for professional Martial artists and Dojos. Many Swain mats customers still return to Mike for their expansion needs, because they know, Swain mats are built to last.
Swain Sports has been supplying products world-wide to the Olympics and Olympic Training Centers, Universities, Law Enforcement, Health Clubs, Martial Art Clubs, and private homes. In 1996 the Swain SportsMat was chosen as the official martial arts mat of the Olympic Games. Our company understands that just having great products isn't enough.
In 2008, Swain Sports and Dollamur Sport Surfaces joined forces with the goal of creating the most revolutionary sports mat and making it available to the martial arts community. A rousing success the Swain/Dollamur mat products have now been used around the world, and have set the standard for sports flooring. Our mats are often imitated but never duplicated™. We believe that knowledge and experience plays a huge factor in finding the safest, most convenient mat: the most important aspect to the spread of martial arts. At Swain Sports, our staff consists solely of experienced martial artists (many who are Olympians and National Champions) who understand the wants and needs of the industry.
"As a four-time Olympian, I've trained on a lot of different mats of varying quality during my career. The mats we used at high-level competitions were always outstanding. We have further developed the mats I competed on for years, and have made them affordable to you for school or home use. The Swain Grappling Mat and all our other flooring systems are ideal for the needs of all martial arts disciplines and are made from only the highest quality, durable materials."
- Mike Swain