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Dollamur Wrestling Mats News. Find out how Dollamur is promoting the sport of Wrestling and where Dollamur mats are being wrestled upon.

  • 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 Jack Roller from World of Wrestling

    Dollamur got with World of Wrestling’s, Jack Roller to ask a few questions about his background and experience in wrestling. Jack became involved in youth wrestling in 1979 when his oldest son was recruited for an elementary wrestling team by their head coach. Since then Jack has continued to direct wrestling tournaments and publish award-winning publications. He began the World All Star Team which was selected to give recognition to young wrestlers/

     

    Q1: How did you get started in the sport of wrestling? 

    A1: “The wrestling coach needed a heavyweight so he recruited my oldest son.  I was against it at first, but when we got all 4 of our sons into the sport, I started noticing what it did for them.  Their young bodies really began developing strength and muscle tone that helped them in all sports.  I was sold then!”

     

    Q2: Tulsa Nationals is one of the longest running tournaments in the country.  When did you start it and why?

    A2: “I was president of Tulsa Junior Wrestling Association when a lot of the local clubs decided to do away with the association.  They had run the Tulsa Nationals for years, and that would have ended 24 years of tradition.  Our local club helped finance the deal, and we took it over.  The following year, my wife and I paid the club back and have ran the Tulsa Nationals for 40 years since then.  The first year we ran it, we had approximately 680 entries, and now it has grown to 2,800 entries from 45 states.”

     

    Q3: Who are some of the most prominent wrestlers to compete in a World of Wrestling tournament?

    A3: “John Smith, Kenny Monday, Spencer Lee, David Taylor, J'den Cox, Tony Ramos, B Jordan, Isaiah Martinez, Bo Nickal. Zahid Valencia, Aaron Pico, Logan Stieber, Daton Fix, Kendal Cross, Johnny Hendricks, & Brandon Slay to name a few...”

     

    Q4: After so many years of running great tournaments, what keeps you coming back for more? 

    A4: “The smiles on the parents, grandparents and wrestler's faces when they receive the greatest awards in our sport.  We spent over $73,000 on awards and ceremonies last year - That was only 3 events and 1 dual tournament.  Our main goal is to make each child think they’ve just wrestled in the Olympics.”

     

    Q5: Why did World of Wrestling decide to partner with Dollamur for their events? 

    A5: “We feel that success breeds success, and for years Dollamur has been a leader in the mat industry.  They were the very first mats we ever purchased and they’ve lasted forever.  If we marry in with a company, they must treat the customers fair with integrity and credibility.  We are proud to call Dollamur our official mat company!”

     

  • 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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  • 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

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