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Top MMA Clothing Brands For 2010

MMA Clothing has taken the world by storm over the past few years. There are more brands now than ever before, with many already established brands in other sectors taking an interest in the MMA market. This is good for the MMA fan as the market is flooded with top quality gear, fantastic designs at affordable prices. MMA clothing is a global multi-million pound industry and is growing every day. Zuffa who own the UFC have brought MMA to the mainstream around the world and are responsible for the growth of the industry.
In a fiercely competitive market it is good to have a little bit of history on the already established brands. Here are my top MMA brands for 2010 and a brief outline about the company and some of their top sponsored fighters.
Warrior International
Warrior International feels that their actions speak louder than words. Only the elite, most professional MMA fighters in the world are chosen to represent the Warrior name in competition. Warrior International does exactly as it says; provides tough, high quality clothing for the modern day Gladiator. Their clothing line is always on cutting edge of style and fashion and features designs that cross the spectrum – you’re just as likely to see Warrior hats and tees in the cage or the street as you are in the club. Quality is never sacrificed and Warrior is always after the best fabrics and materials to use in their designs.
Demand for Warrior product has grown to the point that International was added to the name as they are now truly a global brand.
Warrior fight shorts have a very subtle design and feel great on they are very popular and can be seen parading the streets as well as the cage. Their shirts have very bold designs and are made with exceptional quality. These shirts seem to be the brand preferred by many of the top MMA fighters!
Sponsored fighters such as: Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin, Houston Alexander, Gabriel Gonzaga, Rich Clementi, Mac Danzig, Tyson Griffin, Heath Herring, James Irvin, Chris Leben, Joe Stevenson, Thiago Silva, Jeff Monson, Ed Herman and Sean Sherk.
Silver Star
Silver Star Casting Company, which started as a small Orange County boutique, has quickly become a major player in the global fashion and accessories industry. Founded in 1993 by Luke Burrett, today Silver Star is one of the most visible names in men’s and women’s fashion. With an unapologetic logo and bold graphics on a huge range of MMA fight Shirts, Shorts, Hoodies, Jerseys, Silver Star is infused with punk-rock sensibilities that push the fashion envelope. The creative team behind Silver Star are constantly taking the pulse of the streets to keep their products squarely on the cutting-edge. As a result, Silver Star is a favorite among trend setting celebrities who recognize its innovative style and originality. Silver Star shirts are renowned for their quality and funky designs. Many top fighters have a signature range with Silver Star and the brand can be seen on the backs of many top fighters.
Luke and his family run Silver Star fueled by the belief that if you live life like a champion, anything is possible. Hard work, determination and a refusal to take ‘no’ for an answer is what Silver Star was built on. The MMA athletes and members of the Silver Star family are reflections of this ideology, and are proud to wear apparel that is built for Champions.
Sponsored fighters such as: Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Frank Trigg, Rashad Evans, Urijah Faber, Lyoto Machida, Manny Pacquiao, Jon Jones, Minotauro Nogueira, Rich Franklin, Rob Emerson, Thiago Silva, Clay Guida, Forrest Griffin, Georges St-Pierre and Rashad Evans.
Tapout
Tapout is the world’s leading mixed-martial arts apparel, gear and lifestyle brand on the market today. Tapout produces the hottest apparel for men, women and children. As the energy escalates around the MMA culture, Tapout is taking on a life of its own with an attitude so American and Arrogant that the demand for the brand has gone global. Tapout are also the exclusive apparel sponsor for Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” through 2011. Tapout are the most instantly recognisable and front-running brand in MMA. Tapout was spawned in 1997 by owners Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis and Dan ‘Punkass’ Caldwell as a counterculture movement to produce and provide innovative merchandise for the mixed martial arts revolution. Tapout has since become a pioneer of the MMA movement and a $multi-million empire.
In or out of the cage, Tapout provides attitude and arrogance with brash, dynamic designs that will not succumb to the latest trend, but will always stay true to their original mission; taking MMA to the rightful place of world domination where it belongs.
As a MMA market leader, Tapout sets the trends instead of …

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Read This Before Getting Into Arts And Crafts

Many people would enjoy creating something using arts and crafts, and choosing the best project to begin with may be tricky. If you are searching for interesting arts and crafts ideas, then you’re in the right place. Read on for great ideas to spark your creativity.

Don’t forget that there is mess involved with arts and crafts. If that bothers you, be sure to cover surfaces with newspaper or butcher paper to avoid messes made by paper, glue and glitter. Consider making use of washable materials, such as adhesives and markers.

If you can’t find good prices for arts and crafts items, try to check out some second-hand stores. Goodwill and similar shops have great things for creative artists. You have to check back often because thrift store stock is always on the move.

Look at Beadaholique to find jewelry supplies. There is a large selection of beads and chains to make jewelry. A lot of the fashion that is out there today involves designing with costume jewelry. When you create your own, you’ll save money and have great pieces to wear.

Look on the internet for new ideas about arts and crafts. The Internet if full of ideas of exciting new projects. No matter the age of the person creating the project, there’s something for everyone online.

Stay organized. There are a number of ways to store supplies; find the one that is best for you. If you stay organized, your projects will run more smoothly. You will always be aware of which supplies are already on hand.

Remove cloudiness from mosaic after the mortar is dry by spraying glass cleaner on a rag and wiping the mosaic down. Mortar powder is tough to remove otherwise, and you need to make sure it is gone.

If you are just learning oil painting, and decide you really don’t like something you’ve created on canvas, simply paint over it! You’ll find that oil paints are quite adaptable, and your surface won’t be harmed with a few coats of paint. It may even give your painting more depth.

Before choosing a specific craft project, be sure you have all that you need to do it. You don’t want to start on a project and realize that you don’t have what you need to complete it. Jot down a list with your needed supplies, and make sure you have it before you get started.

If you are good in arts and crafts, make your presents instead of buying them. This technique will allow you to personalize gifts throughout the year. Homemade is better than purchased, every time; and you will save money in the long run, too.

Now that you read the above information, your creative juices should already be flowing. Make sure that you complete your next arts and crafts endeavor by sticking with these great tips, and don’t be like other people who start and then don’t finish. You are fortunate, as you now have new information about how to create wonderful projects.…

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What You Should Know About Learning The Guitar

Is playing the guitar something you’ve always wanted to do? Maybe a loved one would love to learn. There’s a few things you ought to be aware of first. These ideas will get you started playing as well as a rock star.

Do not worry that you need to learn so much at once. Go slow, and you’ll get there. Set some practice time aside each day, and eventually you’ll see your proficiency improve.

Try to learn from a teacher. Although you may want to learn yourself, there are a number of benefits that a teacher can bring to the table. A teacher can help you get better at playing the guitar. The ability to ask questions will also be beneficial.

Learn to recognize musical notation and the guitar tabs. This will help you to understand what you are playing. Learning each string’s note name and each fret’s note name is also useful. This information will help a lot when it come to riffs and melodies.

If you’ve decided to learn the guitar, make sure you have easy access to an instrument. You may want to think about borrowing a guitar or renting one, if you can’t buy one. A good guitar will make it a lot easier to produce beautiful sounds.

Try to build calluses on your fingertips if you are working on learning the guitar. These calluses will make it less painful to play. While this won’t happen overnight, but consistent practice will help. There are even products you can purchase to help build calluses.

Learn everything you can about each part of a guitar. At some point you will find that you need to read something about the guitar itself, and knowing all the guitar’s parts will help you understand what you’re reading. This will make you better at playing guitar.

You should familiarize yourself with the guitar itself before trying to master playing it. This will allow you to start playing better because you have to know your instrument well because when you learn other things they will reference the parts.

Figure out how to play some songs in various keys. You will be learning about all the chords when you use numerous keys to play one song. You will better understand music as well. This will improve your overall talent.

You will probably want to buy a metronome. Metronomes can better timing and rhythm. It will help you develop the proper pace. The metronome will help you figure out different chords and songs much easier than you would have been able to otherwise.

Begin slowly. You probably want to learn a song that is played very fast, but you need to master the actual song before you can hope to master the speed. This means you should be slow when you start and you’ll master the notes while your speed increases. If speed is your only priority, frustration is sure to ensue. When you master the song first, you can increase your speed at a gradual pace.

There is no right or wrong age to start playing the guitar. The best way to become a better guitar player is through consistent practice. The more you learn, the better you will play. The tips in this article will give you a great foundation for learning to play your guitar while impressing your friends.…

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MMA Training – How to Develop Incredible Power Using These Three Elements

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself. ~Winston Churchill
Are you training for Mixed Martial Arts, UFC, or any of the hundreds of martial arts practiced in the world? Have you found your attacks to lack impact? Are your defenses crumpling under an onslaught? What allows a much smaller opponent to throw his larger adversary through the air as if he were merely a puppet? What enables a woman to defend herself against a bigger, taller, stronger man attacking her? One word: power. By the end of this article, you will know the three physical elements to increasing your power.
Power is the ability to do or act. Power is the capability of doing, or accomplishing something. Notice the word “strength” is absent. Many people make the mistake of assuming strength and power are synonymous. With the proper knowledge and training in three areas, a physically weaker person can overpower a stronger challenger.
Structure is the first element to cultivating incredible power, and it is the result of a strong connection to the ground. Imagine, for a moment, that you’re floating weightless in outer-space. How are you going to run? How are you going to move at all? Without some connection to a stable surface, or rockets, you’re not going anywhere. Back on earth, the best way to develop a strong connection to the ground is balanced posture. Head over shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over feet. With this short checklist, it is easy to remind yourself throughout your day to reevaluate your posture. If any one of these elements is not in line with each other you will not be in balance, and your power will suffer.
Positioning is the second pillar of incredible power, and can be analyzed by three aspects: distance, rotation, and level. Distance is how far you are from your target. Rotation is circling around the other fighter. Level is if you’re above, below, or on equal footing. So positioning is the skillful application of all three elements to be in the right place at the right time. Different techniques are most effective at varying distances, so to maximize your power, use the right tools for where you are. Kicks for far away, punches at medium distance, knees and elbows for close combat, and grappling for the closest contact. Sometimes you need to rotate around to the back side of your opponent to be most effective. Maybe you need to change levels suddenly to increase your power. There is a saying, “If your throws lack power, get closer to the ground.” By sinking your body weight and lowering your center of gravity, you’re enlisting the basic forces of physics to help defeat your opponent.
Timing is the third pillar of power, and is typified by being early, late, or right on time. If you’ve ever heard of “beating someone to the punch,” that’s being early. Waiting to let the other guy put himself in a disadvantageous position before capitalizing on it, is being late. You can imagine timing like merging on to the highway with a car right next to you. You have two options: hit the gas and hope the other driver isn’t as fast, or you can drop back and pull in behind. At that point, no matter what the other driver does, you can respond to it with superior distance and positioning.
Now you can see how distance, positioning and timing all work together to generate power. If you’re at the right place, at the right time, and have the proper structure you can generate power others won’t be able to believe. During your MMA training, always be asking yourself if you’re using the three elements effectively and increase your power.…

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Do You Want to Be a Master Ninja? Then You Must Insure That Your Body and Mind Are Up to the Task!

Do you want to be a master ninja? I can certainly understand why. But, let me say that, after having that same goal myself for more than 20 years, it’s not as easy as you would think.

When I discuss this, you might think that I’m talking about how tough the training can be. And, on one level…I am.

But, I’m also talking about the fact that the art of ninjutsu, as a composite martial art and life mastery system, is made up of many more skills and study areas than practically anything else you could do. That’s not pride or bragging – it’s a fact.

And, the fact is that, with all of the study areas which make up ninja training, you will need more in the way of time, resources, and energy than you can currently imagine. And to do that, you have to make sure that both your body and mind are capable of engaging in the training over the long term.

I know. I know. You can do it. And I’m sure that you will give it all you’ve got. But, remember, not only have I heard that before – from both past students AND past training partners (which number in the hundreds) that no longer train – but I have walked the Path and have experienced those moments when I wasn’t sure if I could go on.

When exploring how you can make sure that your body and mind are up to the task, there are several questions that you should ask yourself. A few of these questions include:

1) What can you do to increase your body’s level of fitness, health, and energy level?

2) What do you do that inhibits your wellness, level of health, strength or flexibility?

3) Is your lifestyle – including your job, living environment, and daily activities – conducive to positive, energetic, and vibrant living, or are you surrounded by and subject yourself to negativity and the debilitating effects of distractions, confusion, and energy draining people and activities?

I can promise you that, to attain a respectible level of mastery in your ninjutsu martial arts training – if you are to become a ninja in every sense that the word implies, you will need…

1) More oxygen than you currently take in

2) More nutrients than you currently feed your body

3) More pure water than your body currently gets

4) More energy-stimulating exercise than you currently engage in, and…

5) More scientific exercises designed to open, focus, stimulate, relax, and control your mind

And…

You will need a mentor – a teacher who can introduce you to, not only what you need, but also…

…everything within the world of ninjutsu that you didn’t even know existed!…

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Who Can Be a Martial Arts Instructor? Part 2

In part 1 of this article we discussed some of the negative aspects of martial arts teachers. I would prefer not to dwell upon this since there are so many good instructors out there. So, let’s continue with what makes a good instructor.

As I said, YOU CAN BE A MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR!

How do I know that? Well, given sufficient desire, motivation and effort there is no reason why this should not be possible.

In reality, not everyone is suited to this career. Some people just desire other things from life. But, I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that many martial arts instructors also have other careers. Some are PhD’s, some are medical doctors, some are plumbers, and one famous instructor even pulled a rickshaw when times were hard. It has not always been possible to make a living at the martial arts.

What are some of the requirements?

Excellent training at a reputable school

Sufficient rank (at least in the black belt range)

Permission from your instructor and/or organization to start a school

What are some of the traits of a good teacher?

Nobility of character

Honesty

A good work ethic

A desire to help others

A well-developed talent for teaching

Good business sense

These and other requirements are, I think, necessary for the success of a teacher of the martial arts.

You must bear in mind that teaching classes is not the only responsibility of the teacher. One of my teachers once said to me when I told him of my desire to be a teacher, “You can either be a good teacher or you can be a businessman – not both.”

This is one of the few pieces of advice I chose not to believe. In this day and age you must be both. Unless you are born with a sliver spoon in your mouth (rich) you will have to be responsible for all of the operations of your school. You will have to be a businessman as well as a teacher.

I will say here that while teaching the martial arts can lead to a comfortable and satisfying life-style, the profit motive cannot and should not be the primary motivation for the aspiring teacher. There is a lot of hard work to do even after the hard work of learning your art.

Starting and running a school can be tricky. You need patience and perseverance but the rewards can be great.…

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Solid Advice For Your Arts And Crafts Projects

Have you long been curious about the phenomenon of arts and crafts? If this is the case, then you are reading the perfect article. In the following article, you’ll learn what you need to know regarding arts and crafts.

There is a variety of supplies you can use for your projects. Paper goods that are generally discarded are great. Empty paper towel rolls are fun to decorate and craft with, too. You can also use newspapers or magazines. Come up with creativity ideas that you normally would not use with certain throwaway items.

Typically, crafting with kids gets messy. If you don’t like messes, use newspaper to cover the area. Markers and adhesives that are washable can also be considered.

If supplies are pricey in your area, start shopping at secondhand stores. Goodwill and similar shops have great things for creative artists. Whether you are looking for material or inspiration, a secondhand shop might have just what you need.

Allow your child’s creativity to determine how art projects turn out. Instead, let your child rely on his or her imagination and get creative. For instance, they might want to put an eye where the ear should be. The whole point is for them to be creative.

Organize your craft supplies. There are a number of ways to store supplies; find the one that is best for you. If you stay organized, your projects will run more smoothly. It’s also simpler to keep track of your inventory too.

After you lay out your mosaic pieces and grout them, the pieces will look very cloudy. Simply spray it with a product that cleans glass and then dry it thoroughly. It can be hard to get the mortar out but you don’t want powder to screw up the finish.

Children of all ages can enjoy arts and crafts. If you have a group of kids consider a project that they will enjoy. If you are fresh out of ideas, you can ask a friend for some or look for help online.

Look in your kitchen for craft materials. There are tons of gems out there to do in crafts. From jars to cans to aluminum foil, there’s lots available. You may even utilize items such as dried beans and pasta.

If you’re trying to pick up oil painting and you mess up, no worries! Simply paint over the mess up on the canvas. Oil is rather adaptable; adding on more paint doesn’t cause harm to the surface. Indeed, you may find that you achieve even greater depth of color.

Craft activities can provide great entertainment to a group of adults or children. It makes no difference how old the members of the group are, you can find projects for anyone. Look online to find projects for every age group.

You may have wondered why arts and crafts are so popular prior to reading the above piece. You can understand how this hobby can be all yours. Apply the guidance and start having fun with arts and crafts.…

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Don’t Know A Thing About Arts And Crafts? These Tips Can Help!

Arts and crafts are taught to children in school starting at a very early age. There’s a reason for this. Arts and crafts inspire the soul and sharpen the mind. They are never boring and always rewarding. Keep reading for some great arts and crafts advice that will have you feeling like a kid again.

Try not to be critical of kids when they do arts and crafts. These projects should inspire creativity. If you’re getting down on the kids, you are going to stifle any creativity they have.

Search for fabric and other arts and crafts supplies online. A lot of the time, you can compare prices and find coupons on the Internet much more easily than going from craft store to craft store. When you shop online, you can get exactly what you want from the comfort of your own home.

Stores specializing in beads offer the necessary supplies to make lovely, custom pieces of jewelry. You can find all sorts of items for this type of project. Costume jewelry is fashionable right now. By creating your own, you can save money and coordinate your jewelry to match your wardrobe.

Get your kids involved in any kind of arts and crafts activity you take part in. Children who develop such interests tend to do better in school and other places than those who don’t. Teach your toddler to paint, or your teenager to sculpt, and you should see a noticeable difference in attention span and creativity.

Research great craft ideas online. If you are looking for new craft projects, there are a lot of websites where you can get ideas. You will find countless ideas for projects that any age group can complete.

Stay organized. There are a lot of ways to do storage, and you have to find the one that best suits you. When supplies are organized, you can easily find what is needed for a project. You will also know what supplies you have, or need.

You do not have to keep a craft forever. Crafts are generally 3-D and may quickly take over a ton of space. Everything a kid makes is not a masterpiece. You can say goodbye to really old projects when you make new projects with them. The value of a craft is in the making of it.

If you are a fan of art and craft projects, you should use the Sunday circulars to your advantage. There are many stores that offer great deals on art supplies, and you won’t know about them unless you go through the sales papers, so don’t throw those circulars to the side.

Have a phone nearby when doing arts and crafts. Make sure everyone involved knows how to call the local poison control center. Accidents happen, even to adults. The real risks are when kids and chemicals are involved simultaneously. You always hope you never have to make that call, but be ready to do so.

Now that you’ve been reminded about how much fun arts and crafts are, you should be excited. You’re ready to create something that begins in the corners of your mind. When it comes to fruition, it will be that much more rewarding. Get started today, and make something only you can make.…

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Want To Broaden Your Arts And Crafts Skills? Try These Tips!

Anyone and everyone can enjoy the hobby of arts and crafts. There are endless possibilities of what you can make. This article will help you enjoy doing arts and crafts more.

Would you like to save money when you buy your craft supplies? There are many places online that offer significant savings on craft items. Run an Internet search in order to identify the most advantageous prices on the things you need. Many online stores offer shipping free of charge to help your budget.

You can definitely make some use of old newspapers by helping to prevent damage from craft messes and spills. When your project is done, throw newspaper away and you won’t need to be concerned about mess issues.

Do not be too hard on children when they are working on arts and crafts projects. One of the points of these projects is to inspire individuality. You will not be able to do this if you are constantly pointing out areas in which the wrong thing may have been done.

Always be mindful of the fact that any arts and crafts projects involving children is going to get messy. To avoid this, use newspaper or butcher paper to gather glue and glitter. Sometimes, the mess can be diverted however, such as when washable materials are used.

When you can’t afford the supplies locally, try a thrift shop. There are many consignment shops that offer unusual supplies for today’s artist. You have to check regularly, because the stock moves quickly.

Look to Beadaholique to find lots of cool bead accessories for your jewelry projects. You can get beads, chains and other items to create beautiful pieces. Costume jewelry is very popular in today’s fashion scene. If you are interested in designing your own piece, there is a lot of money to be saved, as well as a new addition to go with your wardrobe.

Etsy can be a wonderful source of supplies for arts and crafts projects. Individuals use the site to offer items. Besides having the ability to buy your supplies here, this website also lets you sell any arts and crafts projects you want. This is great for vintage media pieces.

Spray glass cleaner on a towel and wipe it clean. Powder from the mortar is hard to to clean out, and you would not want this powder to affect the finish of your final product.

If you need supplies for your arts and crafts projects, try the kitchen. There is so much arts and crafts treasures out there. Tin foil, empty can and glass jars are some of the treasures that await. Even dried beans and pasta can be crafting material.

Before starting any arts and crafts, be sure you already have what you need to create your project. You don’t need to begin a project and find out that you do not have what is needed to finish it. Make a supplies list and buy the items.

These tips can get you ready for your next craft project. You can always gain better skills, no matter which type of crafts you do. Creativity has to do with growth and change as you try to improve your art.…

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Good Solid Advice About Arts And Crafts That Anyone Can Use

You can spend extra time with the kids or add charm to your home through arts an crafts. However, it can be hard sometimes to get fresh ideas or find ways to do them without spending a ton of money. This article will give you some great, basic advice.

Do you need a cool place for locating materials? Online retails offer a lot of savings on many supplies. Do a quick Internet search to find the best deals on your crafting materials. Some of the better stores even provide free shipping to save even more.

You can use a variety of materials for crafts. Paper goods that you throw away make great options. You can even use paper rolls from your bathroom. Old magazines and newspapers are useful. Be creative with things you normally throw away and use then in your projects.

Projects don’t have to look any certain way when you work with children. Let your kids create using their imaginations, and see what happens. They might switch an eye and an ear on a face, for example. The creativity is more important then the execution.

Look for crafting ideas online. There are many websites where you can gain inspiration and ideas. Regardless of the age of the participant, there is likely a project for everyone.

Keep your craft supplies organized. There are many different ways you can store your supplies, but find a way that works for you. If your supplies are organized, finding the right item for any project will be a lot easier. It will also make it where you know exactly what you have.

People of all ages can enjoy craft projects. Try to think of projects your children will enjoy working on. You can ask someone or look online for ideas for a project your group can enjoy together.

If you’re engaging in oil painting and don’t like what you’ve just painted on canvas, paint right over it. You can do that with oils, and the additional layers of paint won’t affect the surface of the canvas. You can create depth by adding extra layers of paint to your painting.

Before starting on a particular craft project, check that you have all of the needed supplies. It’s never fun to begin a project and have to stop because you lack needed supplies for completing it. Make a supplies list before you start, then check off each item before you start.

Etsy is a website crafters find valuable. Etsy is a website that specializes in selling your arts and crafts online. You can also view other artists work to gain inspiration for your next project. You may also want to list a few of your own projects for sale on Etsy and get some extra cash to spend on your hobby.

This article has hopefully opened your eyes to all sorts of arts and crafts ideas. You can truly create some wonderful things if you take your time and explore new ideas. You can even make gifts for your friends and family.…