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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

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  • 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

  • STUDIO OF THE MONTH: Heroes Martial Arts

    Alan “Gumby” Marques, owner of Heroes Martial Arts in San Jose has three words to sum up the atmosphere at his state-of-the-art facility downtown: cooperation, competition and challenge. 

    STUDIO OF THE MONTH

    Heroes Martial Arts

    Founded: 2009
    Owner: Alan “Gumby” Marques
    Sports Surface (s): Swain Hybrid Tatami, FLEXI-Roll®

    Website: www.heroesma.com 

    Alan “Gumby” Marques, owner of Heroes Martial Arts in San Jose has three words to sum up the atmosphere at his state-of-the-art facility downtown: cooperation, competition and challenge.

    “I believe a successful Jiu Jitsu environment equates to a balance between cooperation and competition to provide a challenge for everyone,” says Marques. “And it has to be fun, because without that, what’s the point?” Continue reading

  • EXPERT CORNER: Mike Swain, Swain Mats by Dollamur

    Judo legend Mike Swain makes his recommendation for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sports surfaces.

    EXPERT CORNER 

    Mike Swain, VP of Martial Arts for Dollamur Sports Surfaces

    For Brazilian Jiu Jitsu studios, Swain recommends the Flexi-Connect 1 5/8-inch mat and the Swain Hybrid 4CM (1.5-inch) mat.

    “With the FLEXI-Connect, there are fewer seams and not tape required. Gracie Barra, the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu organization in the U.S., uses these mats,” says Swain. “We introduced our hybrid mats in 1988 and they are used in major tournaments, globally.” Continue reading

  • MAT MOVES: Alan "Gumby" Marques - Arm Drag

    When asked about his favorite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique, Alan “Gumby” Marques uses his best closed guard to deflect the question.

    MAT MOVES

    When asked about his favorite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique, Alan “Gumby” Marques uses his best closed guard to deflect the question.

    “I don’t really have a “favorite” technique, but prefer to flow with the go and work what is available at the time,” says Marques. “I do have a mindset of techniques in my arsenal that are applicable in a wide range of situations, including gi and no gi, competition, MMA and self-defense.” Continue reading

  • The TAKEDOWN: BJJ Legend Alan Marques

    With a fun-loving nickname like “Gumby,” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) legend Alan Marques doesn’t let on he’s one of the martial art’s most skilled and respected teachers and practitioners.

    PROFILE

    Alan “Gumby” Marques
    Tale of the Tape
    Hometown: Daly City, California
    Currently Living: San Jose, California
    Height / Weight: 6’2 175

    Career Highlights:

    • 3rd degree Black under Ralph Gracie (who gifted Gumby his own belt)
    • Co-Founder of Onthemat.com
    • “Voice of BJJ in America”
    • Coach, Competitor, Journalist, Promoter, Mat Mopper

    Gym / Studio: Heroes Martial Arts, www.heroesma.com

    With a fun-loving nickname like “Gumby,” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) legend Alan Marques doesn’t let on he’s one of the martial art’s most skilled and respected teachers and practitioners. Marques opened his own studio, Heroes Martial Arts, in San Jose back in 2009. Continue reading

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