WHY BUY CENTURY UNIFORMS?
What would you expect from the makers of this star-spangled uniform? As you may have guessed, Century is proud to be an American company. We were founded 40 years ago in Oklahoma City by Mike Dillard, and we’ve been here ever since – although we did have to move to a bigger building to keep up with demand!
Our 650,000 square foot complex houses the company headquarters, Showroom, manufacturing facility, and even on-site training facilities where more than a dozen martial arts classes are taught each week. Here we make hundreds of the items Century sells including uniforms of all shapes and sizes.
Made in the USA
Century is the world’s largest martial arts equipment provider and it keeps us busy. We’re proud to employ over 200 Oklahoma men and women, and we have one of the best teams around. Many of our employees came to Century because they had a preexisting interest in the martial arts, and wanted to work in a field that excited them, in an environment where they would look forward to coming in each day.
In fact, many Century team members train in martial arts both on- and off-site. From fight shorts for Muay Thai to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gis, we wear the same uniforms and belts that we make and sell to our customers. Because we care about the products we make, we know that they are top-notch.
Constructed with Care
The examples above are just a few of the many types of uniforms Century makes. We have gear and apparel for just about every art you can imagine, and all of them are uniquely crafted to suit the art they’re intended for.
Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi tops, for example, feature a butterfly cut. They are stitched together out of a single piece of fabric so that there are no uncomfortable seams along the wearer’s back. Most also have EVA foam collars, which prevents them from breaking down or starting to sag after being pulled and twisted in grappling. These uniforms also feature enhanced stitching at the stress points and have padded, reinforced knees.
Judo gis look similar to those of BJJ, but they typically feature thicker fabric and have a slightly different cut. They have reinforced stitching along the shoulders, and some have extra reinforcement around the arms, where the gi tops are likely to be grabbed and yanked. The collars are also very thick.
Century carries Olympic-style taekwondo uniforms which, unlike the previous two, do not have open-jacket tops. They are also typically much lighter. Taekwondo jackets have slits up the sides to accommodate the range of motion needed for the high kicks of taekwondo practitioners.
Here are a few more examples of the differences in the uniforms we carry. Cuffed kung fu pants have a larger gusset, providing freedom of movement when kicking. Judo uniforms need reinforced padded knees and taped ankles. Traditional disciplines like Japanese swordsmanship call for specific Keikogi jackets and Hakama pants. Tang Soo Do masters need uniforms with midnight blue trim. Century offers all of these items, and more.
Range of Weights and Materials
High-quality construction goes hand-in-hand with high-quality material. Cotton canvas or a cotton blend is used in the fabric of many Century uniforms. Many times, the cotton fabric is brushed to make it exceptionally soft.
We also produce many different weights of uniforms, from a 5 oz. Student Taekwondo Uniform to the 14 oz. Ironman Jacket. Our basic Brushed Cotton Uniform is available in 8, 10 and 12 oz. weights. Our new EasyFit uniforms are 7 oz., and feature a high-quality, stretchy cotton/poly blend that is incredibly soft and comfortable.
To many martial arts practitioners, the weight of their uniform is equally as important as the fit and feel of material. For that reason, Century is happy to provide a wide range of weights, so everyone can get their perfect uniform.
We sell uniform tops and pants as separates, as well as complete uniforms. That way if you need two differently colored pieces, a small gi top or larger pants, or your child has a growth spurt, you can buy a backup piece without having to buy a new uniform. Century has all your uniform needs covered.
40 Years of American Ingenuity
Our in-house Research and Development team is best known for creating game-changing products like the Wavemaster® freestanding bag, Versys™ line and BOB® Body Opponent Bag, but we have also worked to improve uniforms.
For example, Century crafted Gi Pants with Pockets, ideal for holding your mouthguard between rounds, or even keys or your phone when you leave the gym. We worked in close collaboration with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Ricardo Liborio to create the 96’ Especial Gi, ideal for high-level competitors.
Customs Perfect for Any Customer!
Century also offers customization services on many of our uniforms. The most popular request is a logo placed on the back, chest, or pants of school uniforms. Put your logo on as much of your gear as you can, including shirts, to help expand your school’s brand and create a recognizable presence in the community.
If your school doesn’t require a specific martial arts uniform, we can make you custom t-shirts and shorts printed with your school’s logo. Logoed t-shirts are also great for commemorating special events, like parties or board-breakings. Custom tees are perfect uniform substitutes for summer classes in hot-weather climates. We also offer custom work on bags, patches, keychains, belt embroidery and engraving customization.
Century also offers sublimation-print customizations. In sublimation printing, specialty printers use heat to transfer dye to the material being printed on. The dye goes into the material rather to color it. This differs from screen printing, where colors are painted onto the surface of the material.
Sublimation print works best on polyester fabrics, and clothing that is to be sublimation printed should be at least a 50% polyester blend. Although it is possible to sublimation print on black and colored backgrounds, a white background will give you the best, most vivid results. Almost everything can be customized with sublimation printing: ornaments, awards, bags, belt displays, uniforms, T-shirts, and other apparel as well!
Grow Your School
Customer loyalty and brand recognition are two big benefits schools see from custom printed uniforms and gear. Adding logos to your uniforms helps attract new students who recognize your brand from their friends. It will help you retain students as well. You can use offer program levels, each with its own logoed uniform that denotes a certain range of skill. Students can join an upgraded level once they reach a certain belt level or demonstrate proficiency in required criteria.
No matter how you use your customized uniforms, Century Martial Arts is here to help as your partner in spreading martial arts! If you don’t already offer a customized uniforms, apparel, and gear, contact your Century customer service representative today to get started!