Martial arts

Dollamur martial arts mats have become the standard in gyms and training centers all over the world. A professional and safe gym uses Dollamur mats

  • 6 Steps to Keeping your Mats Healthy and Disinfected

    The popular Dollamur mat cleaner, already trusted by schools, coaches, gym owners and loyal customers, has earned it’s own trademarked brand -- Mat Attack!™ Athletic Surface Cleaner.  Dollamur Mat Attack!™ is designed to provide effective cleaning, deodorizing and disinfection on mats and sport surfaces to protect athletes and maintain a healthy surface for your students and customers.

    Dollamur’s Chuck Thompson, VP of Wrestling, and Michael Shumate, Engineering Manager, have gone into detail on why Mat Attack!™ is so important to maintaining healthy mats.

     

    Q1: How often should coaches and athletes be cleaning their mats?

    A1: Chuck Thompson – “We recommend Dollamur mats be cleaned before and after each practice as well as once on days there is no activity on the mats.  This recommended practice will be best to reduce the risk of skin infections and maximize the life of the mat.”

     

    Q2: What are some of the major repercussions of not keeping fitness spaces sanitary and clean with Mat Attack!™?

    A2: Chuck - “Skin infections are a major concern for any wrestling program.  If an infection were to spread throughout the team it could require shutting down the practice room for weeks to be properly sanitized and get the outbreak brought under control.  This could have a significant impact on a wrestling team’s season so maintaining clean mats and healthy athletes is a top priority.”

     

    Q3: What are some of the ways that Dollamur is staying ahead of the competition when it comes to fitness mats and accessories?

    A3: Chuck - “With the introduction of the new and improved Mat Attack!™ mat cleaning product Dollamur once again proves to be the leader in the industry, continually innovating and introducing products that set new standards throughout the wrestling market.”

     

    Q4: Can you expand on Q2 – What types of viruses and bacteria are being eliminated and prevented with the use of Mat Attack!?

    A4: Michael Shumate - “The list is very long, but some that our athletes, coaches, and parents may be most worried about are: staph (MRSA), salmonella, E. coli, pneumonia, influenza, Hepatitis B and C, and athlete’s foot, which can lead to ringworm. In addition to viruses and bacteria, Mat Attack!™ also kills fungi. For a full list of coverage and directions for use, visit www.dollamur.com.”

     

    Q5: Even if someone (unfortunately) doesn’t have Dollamur mats, can they use Mat Attack!? What surfaces does it work best on?

    A5: Michael - “Mat Attack!™ is still a disinfectant. It was formulated to work best on hard, non-porous surfaces, like the vinyl surface of our wrestling, martial arts and fitness mats. However, it can be used to disinfect any surface, even carpet.”

     

    Q6: What went into the process of creating Mat Attack! to ensure that it’s the best for our customers? Testing, trial and error, naming etc.

    A6: Michael - “When we began development for Mat Attack!™ we knew that we needed to partner with an industry leader in chemical innovation and safety. We performed ATP (adenosine triphosphate) tests on mats before and after cleaning with different surface disinfectants to measure any actively growing microorganisms. This led us to our current formulation for Mat Attack!™.”

     

    Mat Attack!™ is highly concentrated to save storage space and reduce shipping. The quart size makes 16 gallons, and the gallon size makes 64 gallons of cleaner.  We recommend using a microfiber dry and wet mop to maintain your mats and warranty.  For more information on how to clean your mats, view our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yWDUYxoIUE.

    Mat Attack!™, mop pads, mop kits are available online at Dollamur.com and shipping is FREE.

     

  • 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

  • Dollamur Social Media

    Dollamur sports are growing!  Keep up to date with the latest news, events, and mat moves with the Dollamur social channels.  Here's how to stay connected.

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    Dollamur

    All things Dollamur and loving it!  Keep up with news from all our sports, events, specials and promotions and see new and exciting innovations at Dollamur.  The UNDISPUTED LEADER in sport surfaces!  Proudly "Made in the USA."

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    Martial Arts - Dollamur and Swain Mats

    See all things happening in the world of Martial Arts and MMA.  See our newest innovations, where we will be, and even learn some moves to up your workout from Mike Swain and Marti Malloy.

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    Wrestling

    Dollamur is proud to support the sport of Wrestling by sponsoring tournaments around the country.  Follow our mats around the nation and learn about specials and new techniques along the way!

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    Cheer and Gymnastics

    Dollamur Cheer and Gymnastics mats are trusted by the top programs in the nation and are featured at national level competitions.  You don't want to miss out on our new product innovations and upcoming events!

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    Fitness

    Dollamur offers mats for multiple different applications in the fitness industry.  See these mats in use at rock gyms, yoga studios, fitness facilities, and events around the world!

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    GymTurf

    Be the FIRST to know about new and exciting innovations that are coming soon!  Learn more about different options and the multiple uses of GymTurf.

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  • 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

     

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