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  • DOLLAMUR: QUALITY UNDERFOOT - Climbing Business Journal

    DOLLAMUR: QUALITY UNDERFOOT

    When climbers walk into a new gym, the first thing they notice are the walls. How tall are they? Are there roped areas and bouldering areas or just one or the other? Next, perhaps the climbers will notice the holds and the routes on the walls. Are routes distinguished by colored duct tape on the walls or is each route set using holds of a specific color? How crowded are the problems? How hard do the routes look? One of the last—yet possibly one of the most important—details to be noticed is the flooring. Most climbers are aware that the padded flooring in a gym protects them; it catches them safely as they pitch backwards from the wall after trying a tough move. But do climbers really take the time to consider how important this flooring is for preventing or minimizing injury?

    Medical researchers have published papers discussing the impact of surfaces on joints and injuries for sports such as basketball, and the American Society for Testing and Standards (ASTM) has developed guidelines for the appropriate surface materials for indoor basketball courts and for playground surfaces where children could fall off of equipment. For a sport such as climbing, where athletes fall repeatedly onto a surface, the quality of that surface undoubtedly makes a difference to the health and safety of athletes over time.

    Currently there are no American standards or regulations for climbing gym flooring, though often gyms follow a set of informal guidelines based on European standards. As an increasing number of climbers take to the gyms, flooring choices are becoming even more important for climbers’ safety, and this is an area of the market that is garnering even more attention.

    SPORT SURFACES EARN RAVE REVIEWS

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    Dollamur Sport Surfaces, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a company that recognizes the importance of quality flooring for the protection and performance of athletes. The company comes with an excellent pedigree of making padded surfaces, having provided training and competition flooring for wrestling, martial arts, MMA, gymnastics, cheerleading, and fitness events since 1996.

    Wrestling is a sport where mat-related injuries have been studied, and there are strict ASTM guidelines for the surfaces used in training and competitions mats that goes beyond just specifying the tensile strength of the foam, but also taking a close look at shock absorbing properties, which are critical to safety. Dollamur understands these guidelines and creates surfaces that not only conforms to the standards, but that are also recognized as some of the best in the industry. Dollamur products are the official mats of USA Wrestling, the governing body for amateur wrestling in the US, and Dollamur is the only mat company in North America that is approved by the international governing body, United World Wrestling. Most recently, Dollamur was commissioned to provide mats for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, FL and the World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France.

    Throughout different sports and fitness circles Dollamur has earned a top-tier reputation. “If you want the absolute best home gym mat flooring for yoga and other exercises, Dollamur mats are the number one brand,” says YogaMatReviews.net. “The bottom foam layer is bonded to an upper gymnastics carpet. Dollamur’s punch needle carpet provides durability and exceptional grip even during sweaty conditions. The product is undoubtedly the best surface that I have practiced on,” reads a review titled “My Dollamur 2” Flexi-Roll with Flexi-Connect” on MixedMartialArts.com. “The footing is great, and even with the mats placed directly on the concrete, I can still take a fairly hard fall.”

    MADE BY ATHLETES FOR ATHLETES ™

    In order to fine-tune its product offerings for different sports, Dollamur collaborated with athletes to help design the perfect flooring that not only provides a safe surface, but that also meets the needs of top-level athletics. Some of these collaborators include MMA Fighters Ben Askren and Johny Hendricks, Judo champions Mike Swain and Marti Malloy, Wrestlers such as Olympian Adeline Gray, 2-time Gold Medal winner Oklahoma State coach John Smith, and Cross-Fit Games champion Jason Khalipa.

    In addition to using athlete input, Dollamur is committed to creating its quality products in the USA. All of North America, Central America, and Europe are serviced by the Fort Worth facility. For other global customers, Dollamur also has a production facility in China, through a joint venture partnership. By using athlete’s input for design and American manufacturing, the company can assure its customers that they are getting the best possible product.

    “Anyone using less expensive imported mats that do not provide a protective landing needs to re-think their commitment to the athletes who use their facility. We believe they deserve better,” says Heidi Sonju, who works for Dollamur Fitness.

    FITNESS FLOORING COMES TO CLIMBING

    Now Dollamur has been servicing the rapidly growing climbing gym market for several years. Using the knowledge and experience from creating flooring for other athletic disciplines, Dollamur is stepping in and bringing quality, safe, padded surfaces to climbing gyms. The company uses carpet bonded to closed-cell, cross-linked polyethylene foam, which will not harden over time, to create protective landings that will last.

    So far the company has built flooring surfaces for well-known gyms around the country such as El Dorado Rock Climbing in Colorado, The Ascent in Tennessee, Planet Granite in California, and Metro Rock in Massachusetts. Dollamur has also partnered with climbing gym design and consulting firms Cascade Specialty and Vertical Solutions. Cascade Specialty states on its website. “We only use Carpet Bonded Foam from Dollamur Sport Surfaces. They have the highest quality and most durable products on the market. We have been using their products since 1996. We incorporate different versions of their products into our various systems to suit your needs.”

    As has happened with wrestling and martial arts, Dollamur is setting the bar high for flooring in the climbing industry, improving climbing gyms across the country and keeping more climbers safe from injury.

     

    Article Link: http://www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/dollamur-quality-underfoot/

  • Dollamur Mats at USA Open Sambo Championships

    Dollamur mats at USA Sambo Championships!

    For information on Sambo mats, contact 800.662.4616

  • Dollamur's GymOTW - American Top Team - Coconut Creek

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    Location:  Coconut Creek, FL

    Sport: MMA, BJJ, Self Defense, Fitness, and Martial Arts

    Dollamur Customer Since:  2016

    Dollamur Mats Used:  Swain Mats and  FLEXI-Roll® Mats with FLEXI-Connect® and FLEXI-Roll® Wallpads

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    Gym Highlights/Accolades:  The American Top Team has a 40,000sq.ft. facility with full locker rooms, showers, and saunas. They have over 6,500 sq.ft. of mat space, with a designated weightlifting area, and cardio machines. There is a Pro Shop and a room for after school programs.

    Ricardo Liborio is the Co-Founder and Head Instructor. He's the 1996 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World (Mundial) Champion, a 3x Brazilian National Champion, and a two time medalist of the Abu Dhabi Submission Tournament. Mr. Liborio was voted NAGA Coach of the year in 2005, and he was inducted into the NAGA Grappling Hall of Fame.

    Multiple World Champion and MMA fighters train at the American Top Team facility like UFC Champion Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley, Hector Lombard, former UFC Champion Junior Dos Santos, Tecia Torres, UFC Championship contender Amanda Nunes, and Bellator Champion Will Brooks.

     

    More information here.

     

  • Dollamur's #GymOTW - Seaward CrossFit

    Seaward CrossFit

    Gym: Seaward CrossFit

    Location:  Sarasota, FL

    Sport:  CrossFit

    Dollamur Customer Since:  2013

    Dollamur Mats Used:  Flexi-Roll®

    Gym Highlights/Accolades:  Seaward CrossFit is owned by CrossFit Gymnastics Head Coach, Chuck Bennington, and his wife, Vanessa, who is a contributor to Breaking Muscle.

    More info here.

  • MMA Melee Q&A with Marti Malloy

    mmameleeHow did you get into Judo? How long have you been doing it?

    I joined a free Judo class at a Morale, Welfare and Recreation gym with my brothers and have been practicing it since I was six years old.

    Do you study any other martial arts?

     I have dabbled in Jiu Jitsu over the years but try to focus mainly on Judo.

     Ronda Rousey is the first woman to ever medal at the Olympics for the USA? (Have there been anymore) (Ronda was the first, I was the second, Kayla Harrison took the first ever Judo gold at the Olympics for the USA in London). Has she been a lot of talk around the Judo community since her UFC super stardom and being in movies etc.?

     Yes, Ronda is one of the most exciting MMA athletes to watch and with her roots in Judo, I am pulling for her. The attention she has been receiving is well-deserved and is the product of an excellent work ethic.

     Do you train any other martial arts or would you ever be interested in transitioning to MMA? Do you watch the UFC or any other MMA organization?

     I am not interested in practicing MMA at this juncture in my martial arts career, although I do enjoy watching. I consider myself a “Judo purist.”

     Some of the best takedowns or flash, as you will, is a lot of Judo Trips and Throws.  It really gets the crowd going.  Are there any fighters you specifically like to watch?

     I enjoy watching Ronda Rousey – she’s an amazing fighter. Having competed against her growing up, I can say that she is nothing but a professional both on and off the mat. I am also a huge fan of Daniel Cormier, who is also an Olympic medalist in wrestling and a great person in and out of the octagon.

     What are you future plans and goals?

     Currently, I’m training around-the-clock with the San Jose State Judo team and my coaches, Mike Swain and Shintaro Nakano, for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where I hope to win gold. Before then, I will be traveling to compete in elite Olympic qualifiers around the world, including the World Championships this August in Kazakhstan, where I also hope to take the title.

     Additionally, as a Dollamur Sport Surfaces’ athlete, training on their high-performance mats has provided me with the peace-of-mind to push myself to the next level safely and efficiently.

    Do you have any tutorial videos or techniques you can share with us that may be your favorite or go-to move?

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  • Dollamur, Coaches Corner Announce Partnership for 2015

     

     Initiative Spearheaded by Wrestling Icons Sonny Greenhalgh, Jason Bross

    (FORT WORTH, Tex.)Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) – the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance sports flooring for wrestling, martial arts, mixed martial arts, fitness, gymnastics, cheerleading and yoga – today announces a partnership with Coaches Corner, a leading sport surfaces distributor owned by wrestling legend Sonny Greenhalgh.

    Founded in 1978, Coaches Corner is the premiere distributor of wresting mats and wall padding in the Northeastern and New England states.

     

    Greenhalgh led the New York Athletic Club for 30-plus years as its Chairman. Currently, he serves on the USA Wrestling Board of Directors and was named “Man of the Year” in 2009. His impressive resume includes participation on the USA Wrestling Greco-Roman Sport and Women’s Freestyle Committees.

     

    “We are thrilled to partner with Dollamur, the leading mat supplier in the world,” says Greenhalgh. “We look forward to combining Dollamur’s new and innovative products to the wrestling community in our region and are excited to supply these marquee athletes with high-performance mats.”

     

    Jason Bross, a former Greco-Roman All-American wrestler and President of The Pinning Down Autism Foundation, will also play an integral role in the partnership.  He will manage sales and work closely with schools and clubs in New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania to ensure they understand the innovative features exclusive to Dollamur mats.

     

    The Pinning Down Autism Foundation’s mission is to address the immediate needs of children and families affected by autism. The non-profit organization accomplishes this by hosting and facilitating amateur wrestling dual meets and similar events to raise funds and awareness for local autism charities.

     

    Dollamur is proud of Bross’ tireless work to date, which helps bring awareness to autism. The company has committed to support the organization through product and monetary grants annually.

     

    Proudly manufactured in the USA since 1996, Dollamur is the technology leader in the sport surfaces industry. Of the many features offered, Flexi-Connect® patented technology, a flagship design unique to the company, enables event personnel to install surfaces in record time. This revolutionary product saves tournaments thousands of dollars in annual tape replacement.

     

    “Our mats and surfaces have become the preferred choice of elite athletes around the globe,” says Mike Swain, Dollamur’s Vice President and four-time USA Judo Olympian. “The minute they step foot on our mat, they know it is a Dollamur sport surface.”

     

    Headquartered in Fort Worth, Tex., Dollamur has official partnerships with USA Wrestling, USA Judo, the Atlantic Coast Conference and North American Grappling Association, among others. Dollamur products can be found in professional, intercollegiate and military facilities nationwide. It supplies mats to 130-plus UFC Gyms across the U.S. and more than 300 sports events annually.

     

    For more information: www.dollamur.com/wrestling.

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