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Why Choose a Century Belt?

Where - Proudly Made in the U.S.A. Did you know that most of Century’s belts are made in America? Our staff is proud to craft the highest quality martial arts belts, right at our company headquarters in Oklahoma City, OK. Our hands and our machines cut, assemble, measure and sew lengths of fabric into belts. Every day, hard-working Americans make belts you can proudly wear. Some of these employee-artisans have been with Century for over 25 years – and our belt supervisor has been with Century since 1984!
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Innovating Change: The Versys Collection

Today, martial artists and fight-fitness athletes have more choices than ever when it comes to getting the perfect bag for their desired workouts. Freestanding bags are a popular choice for individuals and for gyms. They require no hardware, can be easily moved for storage or space-clearing, and don’t damage walls or ceilings when installed.   Century introduced the world’s first freestanding training bag, the Wavemaster®, in 1995. This game-changing product revolutionized how people practiced martial arts. Since then, we’ve invented many other great freestanding bags, like the Wavemaster® 2XL Pro, BOB® the Body Opponent Bag, and, with the greatest variety of bags, the Versys™ collection.
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BJJ, Meet Your New Buddy

Getting kids into martial arts at a young age can be a wonderful thing for them. Not only do the arts provide great exercise, but martial art classes have been shown to have a positive mental effect on children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a popular martial art with all age groups, and kids are no exception. Teaching BJJ to kids comes with a particular set of challenges, though. Specifically, challenges related to rolling. It’s important that students get the chance to test out the techniques they learn in class. But sometimes, their own energy can get the best of them. Rolling turns into horsing around with a friend. Or an uneven number of students make it to class, leaving one kid the odd man out when it comes time to partner up.
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Choosing the Right Bo Staff

Are you one of the thousands of people in the US and throughout the world who trains in using the rokushakubo, or bo staff? It’s a popular weapon for karate practitioners, and for good reason. Training with a bo staff is great conditioning for the upper body, and there are an almost infinite number of bo techniques and tricks that beginning and skilled practitioners can learn. Or maybe you don’t train with a bo staff but you want to learn. Stop thinking and go for it! There’s no better time to start learning a new martial art form than the present. Here are some tips to start your bo staff journey off right:
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Which Training Bag Is Right for You?

The rising popularity of mixed martial arts and other fitness programs incorporating training equipment has increased the demand for a wide variety of bags. It can be difficult for anyone contemplating a change in workout regimens to tell which type of training bag will be right for their needs. There are five key factors to consider before you make your ultimate purchasing decision of a training bag. These are the weight, filling, bag cover, use for and desired mobility of the bag. Read on for our quick guide to understanding these five factors.
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2016 Martial Art SuperShow

It’s back! The biggest martial arts trade show and education event, the Martial Arts SuperShow, is returning for its 15th year. Every year, the MASuperShow team works to build a schedule full of seminars, training sessions and learning opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else in our industry. The 2016 Show will be back at the newly renovated MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, and will feature celebrities, industry icons and martial arts legends.
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A Brief History of Kicking Jeans

The year is 1977. A new tech company, called Apple Computer, has just become incorporated, Jimmy Carter is the 39th President of the United States, Elvis Presley has given his final concert. And in Oklahoma City, Century Martial Art Supply, Inc., has put out a new product: Action Jeans.
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Five Steps to Defend Against a Front Choke Attack

Founder and Chief Instructor at Fighting Systems Unlimited Paul Webb teamed with Century for a series focusing on basic self-defense moves for all ages. This video shows how to defend from an attacker trying to choke you from the front. These instructional videos should be used in addition to and not in place of real-life martial arts training. Act decisively. Act quickly. Act with confidence Click here to watch the complete video. Step 1 As the attacker grabs your throat you and pushes you back, step back with your left leg while bringing your right arm up and over both of the attackers’ arms. At the same time twist your torso toward the back leg to gain leverage over the attacker.
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6 Ways to Welcome New Students to Your School’s Family

When a new student enrolls, it can be a bit overwhelming for him or her. He or she can easily get lost in the shuffle if we, as instructors, don’t pay close attention. It’s important that we make new students feel as comfortable as possible. Prospective students need to be treated as special guests and in such a way that they immediately feel right at home. Here are some ideas for creating a welcoming environment for new students. 1. Introductory Class
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The Basics of Martial Arts Training

Martial Arts Basics There are many great reasons to train in a martial art. The recent surge in popularity of mixed martial arts, or MMA, means that today there are more venues than ever before offering martial arts courses. People choose to get involved in the martial arts for a variety of reasons. Training in the martial arts builds discipline, calms the mind, promotes confidence, and prepares you to face the challenges that you may encounter in life. So whether you’re looking into martial arts training for self-defense, discipline and spirituality, fitness, or any other reason, it’s a good idea to get acquainted with the basics and some popular styles.
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