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  • 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.”

     

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  • 5 Questions with Tricia from Altitude Fitness

    Safety is the #1 priority at Altitude Fitness, in Frisco, TX and Dollamur is proud to supply their FLEXI-Connect Tatami Mats and Landing Pads. Join them for a fun, effective and circus-inspired fitness class and experience unique programs like Aerial Silks, Aerial Yoga, Pole Fitness and Lyra Hoop – They even have classes for kids!

    We got with Tricia, the owner of Altitude Fitness in Frisco, to get to know a little bit more about Altitude, their members and see how they’re liking their Dollamur mats – Check out our 5 Questions with Tricia!

    1. We’d love to know a little bit in general about the Altitude Fitness environment – Friendly, fun, serious trainers, supportive, etc?

    “Our motto is fun, effective circus-inspired fitness for everybody. We bring the circus arts to regular people to make fitness fun again. “

    1. What is the overall member at Altitude Fitness like? Very advanced, brand new to fitness, looking for group fitness/workout buddies?

    “We have over 150 new clients come and try us every month, none of whom have ever tried anything like this before.  Anyone coming for the first time will feel right at home with lots of other people just like them that are trying something new for the first time. Our membership is primarily women, but we support and encourage all genders. It is so much fun you can't help but make friends.”

    1. Why was it important to you to develop kids fitness programs?

    “I think kids are natural acrobats. We have such a demand for it because of movies like Greatest Showman, and kids are thrilled with learning a very unique skill while all their friends are doing dance and cheer.”

    1. What type of fitness/classes are you using your Dollamur Mats and flooring for?

    “The flooring is throughout our aerial room and we could not be happier with it! It still looks like new and the charcoal gray is perfect. The vinyl top is easy to clean so clients LOVE that it is germ free, especially during flu season. For our aerial classes, it is firm enough to support, but soft enough if they miss the landing mat with a foot or finger, they are injury free.  I truly believe it has saved quite a few people from serious injury.”

    1. We know safety is a top priority at Altitude – Do you feel confident Dollamur will continue to keep your members safe during their workouts?

    “Absolutely. Client safety has to be a priority in aerial arts. Even the most seasoned performer can fall. Using your durable and quality landing mats as well as your amazing floor adds peace of mind for me as a studio owner.”

     

    Drop by and join Tricia for one of these unique fitness classes at Altitude Aerial Arts & Pole Fitness - 8855 Preston Trace Blvd #300 Frisco, TX 75033!

     

  • German Wrestling Federation (DRB) and Dollamur Sport Surfaces Announce New Partnership!

    (FORT WORTH, Texas) – Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) – the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance sport surfaces for wrestling, martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, and fitness – was selected to partner with The German Wrestling Federation (Deutscher Ringer Bund/DRB) as the Official Mat Supplier for wrestling mats.

    The Partnership through Dollamur’s German partner, the Dortmund-based company Maximum Martial Arts Distribution GmbH, has been initially agreed to continue through 2024.

    Dollamur has official partnerships with USA Wrestling, United World Wrestling, USA Judo, North American Grappling Association and FFL France, among others. Dollamur surfaces can be found in professional, intercollegiate, clubs and military facilities world-wide. It supplies mats to 130-plus UFC Gyms across the U.S. and more than 400 sports events, schools and championship in 89 countries.

    "This partnership is something completely new for the German Wrestling Sport and will be followed with great interest throughout Europe. As a company based in Dortmund, Germany, we are very proud to be the bridge between the DRB and the US manufacturer Dollamur Sport Surfaces, and to be able to supply the German championships and state associations, with mat products through our logistics infrastructure", explains Markus Liedtke, Managing Director of Maximum Martial Arts.

    "Wrestling in Germany faces many challenges, and we would like to thank Manfred Werner, the entire DRB board, and Karl-Martin Dittmann, General Secretary, for trying something new with this step," continues Markus Liedtke.

    The DRB, the national associations, the clubs and gyms as members of the DRB, can benefit from the partnership when it comes to the purchase or rent of a Dollamur wrestling mats immediately.

    https://www.dollamur.com/wrestling/uww-wrestling-mats?ref=bnr-w-side-uww

    About Dollamur

    Based in Fort Worth, Texas and established in 1996, Dollamur Sport Surfaces is the leading global manufacturer and distributor of high-performance competitive sports flooring for wrestling, martial arts, MMA, gymnastics, cheerleading, fitness and other sport activities. Innovative, proprietary products and a commitment to technological advancements in production have enabled Dollamur to set new industry standards for the sport mat industry. Dollamur mats are the preferred choice in hundreds of top-level sports competitions, including many national championships and Olympic-qualifying tournaments each year throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and the Middle East.

    CONTACT:

    Jean Francois Court
    Sales Manager, International Division of Dollamur
    US 954-643-0850

  • Getting an upgrade: School board approves new wrestling mats

    By Jordan Morey - 1/7/19 10:21 PM
    The Tribune

    The Seymour wrestling program received some big news prior to the turn of the new year.

    In 2019, the high school and middle school program will each get new mats.

    On Dec. 11, the school board unanimously approved the purchase of four new wrestling mats that will be divided up evenly between the two schools.

    Seymour varsity head coach Todd Weaver presented to the board. The mats were requested by high school Athletic Director Kirk Manns.

    The programs will be getting four 42-by-42-foot Dollamur-brand wrestling mats, which will replace the old Resilite mats the teams currently share.

    “The school board not only agreed to buy mats, they said it’s a necessity so let’s do it now,” Weaver said. “I believe they are going to be ordered in January. We couldn’t be more pleased with how they handled it. I think they’re going to order them soon. They won’t be in time for this season, but we will hopefully have them around summertime. It takes a while to make mats.”

    Currently, two mats are transported back and forth between the middle and high school.

    “We move these mats so often, maybe 15 or 20 times this year, because we are trying to use Continue reading

  • Dollamur Sport Surfaces Named Official Mat Supplier of Final X

    Dollamur Sport Surfaces Named Official Mat Supplier of Final X
    Wrestling Industry Leaders Partner with New Championship Series

     (FORT WORTH, Texas)Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur) – the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance sport surfaces for wrestling, martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, and fitness – was selected and served as the Official Mat supplier to USA Wrestling’s new championship series, Final X.

    During Final X, the top men’s and women’s freestyle wrestlers competed in a best-of-three series, earning spots on the U.S. Senior World roster and the opportunity to compete at the 2018 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 20-28. The event was held over three weekends in three different cities: Lincoln, Neb., State College and Lehigh, Pa.

     “We are proud of Dollamur’s ongoing partnership with USA Wrestling and the opportunity it affords us to grow the sport and be a part of prestigious wrestling events, such as Final X,” says Chuck Thompson, Vice President of Dollamur Wrestling Division

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  • 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

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