Sunday, December 8, 2013


 womens cardio kickboxing

Looking for a quick and intense total body working? Womens cardio kickboxing might just be for you. You don’t have to be a fighter or fitness fanatic to reap the benefits of a punching and kicking work out. All you need is a pair of womens boxing gloves, a little bit of dedication and you are on your way to changing your life for the better.

Weight Loss

A womens cardio kicking boxing class is an intense aerobic workout that combines kickboxing techniques with an intense heart racing working out. An hour class of cardio kickboxing can burn over 500 calories. By adding this kind of work out into your weekly routine, you are sure to see waistline shrink.

Fitness Levels

Learning the proper techniques of punching and kicking, will force you to activate your core, legs and back muscles. By activating these muscles, your body will become more toned and your overall strength will increase. Throwing punches will give you your back muscles a great workout, while kicking techniques will will work your hamstrings and quads. By throwing these techniques in different angles, you will be working your core muscles and see your midsection tighten up as well.

Self Defence

All thought the primary reasons most people take womens cardio kickboxing classes are fitness oriented, practitioners are likely to pick up some valuable self defines skills as well. Most individuals do not know how to properly throw a punch or kick. In a self defines situation, having the proper technique of striking can come in handy, and create some space to get out of the situation.

Stress Relief

These days everyone is living a some what hectic and stressful life. After a long day of work, nothing helps melt away the stress than a good sweat. Cardio kickboxing is the perfect environment for feel good stress relief. Sweat away your anxiety and stress, by hitting a heavy bag or pads. You will feel like a million dollars afterwards and look forward to your next training session
Posted in Fitness

Monday, October 21, 2013


Mixed martial arts returns to London Ontario this Saturday, as Provincial Fighting Championship holds its first event at the Western Fair Agriplex building. This fight card is loaded with local talent, and Kimurawear is very proud to support and sponsor 4 of the fighters on the card.

Jesse Gross

In the co-main event of the evening, Jesse "The Ghost" Gross looks to continue his hot streak and take out the undefeated Michael Karkula of Extreme Couture Toronto. Gross is coming off a unanimous decision win over another top Canadian in Tristan Johnson. If Jesse is able to take out Karkula, he will be one step closer to making it to the big show. Gross is mainly known as an explosive and devastating striker, but showed solid wrestling skills in his last bout against Tristan Johnson. This fight is worthy of its co-main event status, and we look forward to watching Jesse go to war.

Shannon Ludlow

Shannon "The Cannon" Ludlow will be making her professional debut at Provincial Fighting Championship. The London native fights out of the Adrenaline Training Centre, which is where such mma stars as Mark Hominick, Sam Stout, and headlining fighter Chris Horodecki call home. Ludlow has fought once as an amateur and looks to get the same result in her professional debut. Shannon was able to score a third round submission win this past July in Michigan.

Darryl Marin

Darryl Marin is making his professional mma debut at Provincial Fighting Championship, but he is far from a newcomer to the art of fighting. Darryl has competed in over 70 amateur and professional muay thai bouts, nationally and internationally. Marin is also the owner and main instructor at Darkside Muay Thai in Kitchener Ontario. Having top notch stand up skills, would make most think that Darryl is uncomfortable on the ground, but that is not the case. Marin has been working on his ground for quite some time and is ready where ever the fight goes.

Malcolm Gordon

Malcolm Gordon last competed at Substance Cage Combat in Toronto Ontario, where he faced Ahmed Akkar. The ultra explosive flyweight was allover his opponent and was able to set a pace that Ahmed could not keep up. Despite being deep in a triangle choke in the second round, Gordon was able to finish off his opponent with strikes on the ground. After pushing his record to 2-0 at SCC, Malcolm will look to make it three in a row in London.

We look forward to this event and hope for it to be a success for #teamkimurawear as well as the PFC.

Posted in MMA News

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Body-X Board Shorts With the success of our Body-X Compression Series, it seemed only natural to expand on the line and give our customers more options when looking for athletic apparel. Kimurawear is proud to announced the launch of our Body-X Board Short Series. As with our compression series, our Body-X Board Shorts Series is designed to become an extension of your body and, increase your athletic performance and potential. This is achieved by two new innovations, our Core Flow™ technology and our Volo™ cut.

Our Core Flow™ technology is very similar to that of our compression series. This special material is a spandex, lycra, organic, cotton blend that offers several benefits.
  • Breathable: Thousands of air pockets are lined in the shorts allowing for a greater air flow.
  • Flexible: Body-X Shorts are able to stretch unlike any short on the market
  • Sweat Control: Wicks away the athletes sweat and aids in the bodies overall heat regulation.
  • Bacteria Control: With less sweat there is less chance for bacteria to grow.
Our Body-X Board Shorts have been constructed in a unique way in order to maximize the athletes range of motion. We have developed the Volo™ cut, which gives more range of motion than any other short on the market. This special higher cut has been tested with martial artists and athletes alike and the verdict is that it works! We have added an additional two inches of material to the shorts inseam, which allows the bodies hips much more room to work with.

Posted in New Products & MMA Shorts


KimurawearHybrid MMA Shin Guards

Kimurawear is very excited to announce the release of our new Hybrid MMA Shin Guards. We have been working on a way to make the ultimate shin guard for quite some time now, and we finally came up with a concept that we are happy with. We have combined both a grappling and striking style shin guard to make the most innovative shin guard on the market.
The secret to our new shin guard is the Hybrid Fit system. This system combines the benefits of a striking strap systems as well as a grappling sock system.
  • Easy to put on and take off
  • Eliminates spinning/twisting of shin guard
  • Comfortable fit
  • Great for both striking and grappling training
Our new hybrid shin guard also has inherited all of tried and tested Kimurawear technologies that our products are known for.
  • Reactive Tech: Absorbs impact up to 70% more efficiently that other foams on the market.
  • Core Dry Tech: Eliminates odor by keeping the shin guard dry up after use.
  • AirFlow Tech: Allows temperature control for extra comfort during training.

Posted in New Products & MMA Gear

Monday, October 7, 2013


Josh Hill on TUF 18
Canadian bantamweight and Kimurawear sponsored athlete Josh Hill, was one of 16 bantamweights that were flown down to Las Vegas for a chance to make it onto The Ultimate Fighter television show. It has been a long time coming for the 26 year old from Hamilton ON. Hill has been fighting professional for the past 4 years and accumulated a very impressive record of 9-0. Long considered a top prospect at 135 pounds, the ultimate fighter seemed like a logical step for Hill to take. In order to make it past the first episode, Josh had to do battle in the octagon, and earn a place in the ultimate fighter house. Josh was able to get his opponent and was picked to be on Miesha Tates team. The former model has not fought since and has had little camera time, but I think that is about change in the near future as the gentleman is bound to fight sooner than later.

Follow Josh on Twitter: @gentlemanjhill

Be sure to tune in every Wednesday at 10pm, on Rogers Sportsnet to support the local Canuck.

Posted in MMA News

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


The UFC drops down in Ontario s capital again this Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre and brings two titles that are sure to excite the fans. There is plenty of Canadian talent on the undercard that should bring some pride to the great white north.

Jon Jones Vs Alexander Gustafsson

Jon Jones puts his 205 title on the line when he faces Swedish import Alexander Gustafsson. This will be the fist time that the champ will have to face someone who is as tall as him and has a similar reach as Jones. Jones reach advantage has seen him make great fighters look not so great, so the question is will he employ a stand up strategy against Gustafsson. Who has the better striking? Its a close call on who has the more polished striking in the main event, but Jones does bring a more deserve arsenal to the table. Jones has a clear advantage in the wrestling department, but he seldom takes his opponents down. I think Jones is the superior athlete and will win this fight were ever it goes. I see it going to the distance and Bones Jones remaining the best at 205 pounds.

Renan Barao vs Eddie Wineland

The interim bantamweight title is on the line in the co-main event as champion Dominick Cruz is still sidelined with injury. Interm champion Renan Barao looks to defend his title for the second time against former WEC featherweight champ Eddie Wineland. Barao has looked flawless in his UFC and WEC career so far but Wineland has been impressive in his last two bouts against Brad Pickett and Scott Jorgensen. Barao will likely take this bout with a combination of his high level muay thai and jiu jitsu skills. I see Barao getting the finish in the 3rd.

Brendan Schaub vs Matt Mitrione

Heavyweights are in action as Ultimate Fighter alumnus Brendan Schaub takes on fellow castrate Matt Mitrione. Both fighters have improved tremendously since there time on the Ultimate fighter and have developed well rounded skill sets. If Mitrione can keep it it on the feet he has a good chance of winning the fight. Schaub seems more comfortable on the ground and will likely try to get the fight to the mats and look to ground out a decision. I think Mitrione is going to get the KO in this fight, in the first round.

Costa Philippou vs Francis Carmont

Two big athletic middle weights are looking to get to the top of there division, and the winner of this fight will be close to the top of the division. Costa has the better striking and will likely win a stand up war by KO. Carmont is a big and athletic middleweight who is likely to look for the take down and ground fight. Can Carmont take down Phillippou? He can and is likely to get it to the mat at some point, but I see Costa being able to get back to his feet and get the KO.

Pat Healy vs Khabib Nurmagomedev

Top light weights are in action in the opening bout of the main card as Pat Healy takes on Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomdev. Healys last fight saw him dominate top contender Jim Miller, while Khabib smothered Abel Trujillo to death in his last bout. It will be interesting to see who dominates the grappling portion of this fight as they are both very good at what they do. This fight could down as a stinker and hugging contest, but I am very interested to see how it plays out. Not sure who takes this one.

Also on the card are Canadians Mike Ricci, Ivan Menjivar, Chris Clements, Mitch Gagnon, John Makdessi, Jesse Ronson, and Roland Delorme. Lets go Canucks!!!!

Posted in Fight Preview

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Josh Hill with Stinger Line Boxing Gloves Kimurawear has added the popular stinger line to its family of products. At Kimurawear we are always listening to our customers and the need for an affordable beginner line is what people are asking for. Stinger Line is a perfect fit for our brand. The quality of Stinger is far superior to any beginner line out there and the price points are very hard to beat. Kimurawear will remain our premium line, while Stinger will act is our new beginner line.

Stinger has been operating for over a year and has made an impact in the martial arts industry as the new top of the line beginner line. Using materials that many brands use in there premium brands, Stinger is a quality product which delivers in performance. The main upside to this brand is that it as much as $100 dollars cheaper than other brands out there, using the same materials. It is true beginner line without he price points to show it.

Stinger Line, includes an extensive line of mens mma/martial arts equipment including training gloves, mma gloves, shin guards, head gear and more. Another unique offering that our Stinger Line is offering our MMA starter kits of various combinations such as sparring kits, mma kits, boxing kits and more. Our Stinger line also offers a youth/kids line for those aged from around 6-12. We have two different kits for two age groups. Each kit has everything a kid would need to get started in martial arts training, and at an affordable price.

Kimurawear is very excited about adding this line to our brand, and is looking forward to the future of where our brand is going.

Posted in New Products & MMA Gear

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


The UFC is holding an event on August 28th in Indianapolis Indiana at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For the second consecutive Saturday UFC fans can watch some the worlds best athletes compete on free television. Not to shabby. The card is not quite as stacked as last weeks debut on Fox Sports 1 but its free mma, so don't bother complaining.

Carlos Condit vs Martin Kampmann

In the main event we have a rematch that has been four years in the making. Carlos Condit lost a close split decision to Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in 2009. Both fighters are coming of loses to number one contender Johny Hendricks and are in need of strong performance to stay relevant as a top contender. The winner will likely remain in the mix and the loser will have to work there way back up. Both fighters have high level striking and grappling skills, but Kampmann is coming off an extremely devastating knockout loss. The kind of knock out that a fighter never fully recovers from and makes them more susceptible to future knock outs. Im going to go with Condit by tko, I just cant see Kampmann being the same fighter after his last fight.

Donald Cerrone vs Rafael Dos Anjos

In the co-main event, two of the top lightweights in the world collide as the cowboy Donald Cerrone takes on surging Brazilian import Rafeal Dos Anjos. Cerrone has compiled an impressive 7-2 record in the UFC, and has ranked in the top 10 for quite some time. While Dos Anjos has won his last 4 bouts, which include wins over Evan Dunham, and Mark Bocek. Much like the main event, the winner of this bout will only be a one or two fights away from a title shot. Cerrone will have a definitive reach advantage and should be able to to win the majority of the striking exchanges, while the more compact Brazilian fighter should be able to control Cerrone on the ground to get the decision. Tough fight to call, im going to go with Dos Anjos by decision.

Kevin Gastelum vs Brian Melancon

Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Kevin Gastelum makes his return to the octagon after winning the reality show and faces one time UFC fighter Brian Melancon. Gastelum brings a lot of heart, tenacity and wrestling skills to the table and has beat all comers thus far in his mma career. Melancon had a very impressive UFC debut in his bout with Seth Baczyniski. He looked very comfortable against a much taller opponent in Baczyniski, and displayed some impressive knock out power. Although Gastelum has defeated 5 opponents to win the reality show, he is still very green in his overall mma game and Meclancon is a very dangerous fighter. Look for Melancon to another first round stoppage due to strikes.

Other bouts on the main card include a welterweight show down between Ultimate Fighter 11 winner Court McGee and Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Robert Whittaker. Also a potential fight of the night at bantamweight when the always exciting Mexican Erik Perez returns to face former WEC title challenger in Takeya Mizugaki.

Posted in Fight Preview

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Muay Thai Fighter

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, can trace its roots back to Japan, where the art of Judo was created. Judo was formed from japanese jitsu which was used on the feudal battlefields. Judo was mainly created by Jigoro Kano, who wanted to create an art that could be practiced without resulting in severe injuries. Many of the battlefield techniques were removed and Judo was created. Kano, adopted a way for participants to practice at full effort, while not permanently injuring competitors. This form of open sparring is known as Randori.

Esai Maeda, was a student of Kano, and had emigrated to Brazil to establish an Japanese Immigration colony. He was aided by Gastao Gracie, a Brazilian of Scottish descent. To show gratitude to Gracie for his help in the colonization, Maeda taught Gastao's son Carlos the basic techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. Carlos then passed on the knowledge to his brothers Oswaldo, Jorge, Gastao, and Helio.

As the story goes, Helio Gracie was a small and frail individual, who was always sitting at the side as his brothers taught Jiu Jitu. One day his brothers didn't show up to teach a class and Helio stepped in taught the class. The next day when the brothers returned, they were told by the students that they wanted Helio to train them. He had been studying the techniques from afar and had developed them to work on leverage and not strength. Even with his smaller body he was able to defeat opponents many times larger than him.

Helio would go on to open his own academy in 1940, located in Rio. The popular Gracie Jiu Jitsu academies were very popular and over the next 18 years, the four different locations in Rio would see over 2000 students come through there doors. The Gracie academies were not that the only places to train in judo or jiu jitsu in Brazil, but they were the most successful. With the growth of the sport Helio Gracie created the first federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1967. It was from this Federation that the belt systems for students was established. More federations would be created in later years, most importantly Carlos Gracie Jr. created the Confederacao Brasiliera in 1993. This federation had the idea of creating a world championship (the Mundials).

The art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was virtually unknown in north america. This would change with the creation of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993. A one night tournament would pit different martial arts disciplines against one another. Helio Gracies son Royce would be chosen to represent the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Royce dominated the competition and the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was introduced to the masses.

Posted in Martial Arts Disciplines

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Kimurawear mma Gym Bag 
 If you are practitioner of mixed martial arts, then you know that you need a specialized gym bag that can handle all of your gear. Gloves of various sizes, head gear, shin guards, hand wraps, rash guards, board shorts, etc. Our Convertible gym bag can handle all that and more.

Our over sized main compartment is big enough to hold all of the necessary gear for any sparring or training session. The bag has numerous compartments and pockets throughout the bag, that are great for storing smaller objects, ie, mouth guard, hand wraps, wallet, cell phone. This bag is constructed with a rip-stop polyester on the exterior and a water proof inner liner on the inside of the bag. This bag is tough, durable, and made to last.

In order to eliminate potential odor issues with the gear inside of the bag, we have made the bag fully ventilated so that will not be a problem.

Perhaps the best feature of the bag is its ability to convert from gym bag to back pack in seconds. This gym bag has all the best features and has a stylish design, that you only find on Kimurawear product.

Posted in Gym Bags

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


UFC 163 is going down in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil this Saturday August 3rd at the HSBC arena. Home native Jose Aldo defends his feather weight strap in the main event. MMA seems to be making it be down in Brazil and the UFC is churning out the events to satisfy demand. This card is loaded with talent so lets break down the main card.

Jose Aldo vs Chan Sung Jung

The 145 pound kingpin Jose Aldo looks to defend his belt for the 7th time and take out one of the UFCs top featherweights the Korean Zombie Chan Sung Jung. Jose Aldo has only one loss in 23 fights and that lone loss was 8 years ago. Can he take the torch of the top Brazilian fighter on the planet after Anderson Silva was knocked out at UFC 162? Quite possibly. Aldo has been extremely dominant in his WEC/UFC career, only showing that he is human in the last round against Mark Hominick as well as in the Frankie Edgar fight. Can the Korean Zombie exploit something in the champions game? Probably not, Aldo has the much better overall stand up game, with some of the most viscous low kicks around and his take down defines is top notch. THe longer the fight goes the more damage the Zombie is going to take. I see a finish from the champ. Aldo by TKO: Round 3

Lyoto Machida vs Phil Davis

A pivotal match up at light heavy weight, could see the winner getting a title shot at 205. Lyoto Machida puts his karate to the test against stand out wrestler Phil Davis. Can Davis figure out a way to time Machidas movements and get the fight to the ground, where Phil is likely to dominant? He has the wrestling and the athleticism to do it, but there is no other fighter who flights like Machidas in the UFC, and must be almost impossible to replicate in training. I can see Davis getting Machida down at some point but I don't see him finishing the former champion. I see Machida picking away at Davis with punches and kicks, and getting another crack at Jon Jones, or a first crack at Alexander Gustafsson. Machida by Unanimous Decision.

Cezar Ferreria vs Tom Watson

One of the original Ultimate Fighter Brazil winners Cezar Ferreria will get his second chance to fight for the UFC, as he has been plagued by injuries since winning the reality show. Standing in Ferreras way is fellow Brazilian and octagon newcomer Thiago Santos. Santos comes in as a replacement for the injured Clint Hester. Not much is known about Santos, expect that he has a solid record and is Brazilian. He is fighting above his weight class, so look for the much bigger Ferreria to muscle his opponent to the cage and take him down. Cezar show cased a solid submission game on the reality show, and would love to show off his skills again, in his native Brazil. Ferreria by Submission 2nd Round.

Thales Leites vs Tom Watson

Former middle weight title challenger Thales Leites makes his retun to the UFC after compiling a 6-1 record outside of the promotion. The talented grappler has to deal with the hard hitting Tom Watson from the UK. On paper this seems like a typical striker vs wrestler match up. Thales will no doubt want to get the fight to the ground, and employ his jiu jitsu on Watson but Thales isn't the strongest wrestler and will have to win at least one striking exchange to get in deep on Watson. Can Watson keep the Brazilian off of him and score with punching combinations and kicks? I see him being somewhat successful at this, but Thales will most likely find a way to drag Tom to the ground each round and win the fight. Leites by Unanimous Decision.
Posted in Fight Preview

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


The UFC returns to FOX this saturday the Keyarena in Seattle, Washington with a flyweight title bout as the headliner. Also on the card is a pivotal welterweight matchup, that has to have title shot ramifications for the winner.

Demetrious Johnson vs John Moraga

Demetrious Johnson looks defend his title for the 2nd time and remain undefeated at 125 pounds. Standing across the cage from him will be 13-1 John Moraga. There is no doubt this is going to be a fast paced affair with lots exchanges on the feet and scrambles on the ground. Both fighters have a wrestling background, but Moraga comes in with the higher collegiate credentials. Who ever can control the fight will likely win this one. Demetrious Johnson is one of, if not the best at mixing up his striking with his wrestling, and making his opponents looking slower than himself. I see Johnson taking this one by unanimous decision.

Rory McDonald vs Jake Ellenberger

The most anticipated fight on the card has to go between Rory McDonald and Jake Ellenberger. Two of the welterweight divisions top contenders square off, with the winner knocking on Dana Whites door for a title shot. McDonald seems to be a little sharper in his striking while Ellenberger has the edge in knock out power. The stand up portion of this fight will be very interesting to watch. The deciding factor in this bout may come down to who wins the in the wrestling department and is able to get there opponent to the mat. Ellenberger comes from a wrestling background, but McDonald is a new breed of fighter. Very tough fight to call. Im going with McDonald by decision

Robbie Lawler vs Bobby Voelker

Bobby Voelker is a replacement for former Strikefrorce champion Tarec Saffiedine, and faces the hard hitting Robbie Lawler. Lawler made an impressive UFC return when he blasted Josh Koscheck inside of one round at UFC 157, while Voelker lost a back and forth bout against Patrick Cote at UFC 158. On paper this should be a Lawler victory but Voelker isn't a guy to couldn't out. He is as resilient as they come, and will be hard to put away. Im going to go with Lawler, by decision.

Liz Carmouche vs Jessica Andrade

The ladies start off the main card, with former title challenger Liz Carmouche taking on octagon newcomer Jessica Andrade. The Brazilian, Andrade brings in an impressive record of 9-2 and looks to make a name for herself known, by taking out one the UFCs most well known ladies. But Carmouche is also looking for her first UFC win and will be looking to make a statement as well. This one could steal the show, I see Carmouche getting the win by stoppage in the 2nd round.

Posted in Fight Preview

Friday, July 19, 2013


heavy punching bag Kimurawear has been expanding and growing tremendously in the past few years. We have constantly been expanding our product line, in order to satisfy our loyal customers needs. After a lot of customer feedback regarding heavy and thai bags, we deciding to go ahead and create something that sternly represents our brand. Quality is the driving force behind Kimurawear, and we didn't stop short on these bags. Our bags are made of a special synth-leather material. This material is extremely durable and has a tremendous amount of flex, making it perfect for bag use.


Our heavy bags weigh in at 100 pounds filled and measure in at 14" by 52". These bags are ideal for gyms as well as home use. They are designed primarily for punching techniques, and quite easy to assemble. Most gyms primarily have heavy bags, with a few thai bags as well.


Our thai bag is longer than the heavy bag. This is done so in the traditional thai style. One of the thai boxers greatest weapons is there low kicks, which cannot be done on a boxing heavy bag. The thai bag weights in at 120 pounds and measures in at 14" by 72".
Both types of bags come filled or unfilled, but we recommend pick up for the full thai bag as shipping would be quite costly. If pick up is not possible then we could potentially work out a solution.
Posted in New Products

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Kimurawear lace up boxing gloves
Kimurawear has always been know for its high quality line of mma, boxing, and muay thai gloves. We look to take things to a higher level with the release of our new lace up pro boxing gloves. This glove isn't necessary a beginners glove, it is more for intermediate to advanced martial artists.

These new gloves are constructed with all premium leather, and have had all of its seams reinforced to make the most durable boxing glove on the market. The lace up system provides the most secure fit for training and sparring. Another innovative feature of our new lace up gloves, is our padded pockets around the base/wrist. These pads add extra protection when blocking punches and kicks.
Of course our new gloves have all of the same high end technologies that our other gloves are known for. Our ReActive™ Tech top layer foams helps the boxing glove absorb impact and protect the user while our Core Dry™ Tech moisture repellent nylon inside liner, allows the boxing gloves to dry 70% faster and eliminates odor.

We are very happy and excited about our new lace up pro boxing gloves and look forward to continuing to innovate and produce the highest quality mma, boxing and muay thai products.

Posted in New Products and Boxing Gloves

Thursday, July 4, 2013


Its fight weekend in Las Vegas, and UFC 162 the main event is definitely worth watching. The pound for pound best fighter in the planet Anderson Silva is defending his middleweight title against a very dangerous opponent in Chris Weidman. Also on the card is Franke Edgar who is making his second appearance at feather weight as well as jiu jitsu mater Roger Gracie, who has a heavyweight on his shoulders with his last name.

Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman

Can Anderson do it again? For sure he could, and has a very good chance of defending his middle weight title yet again. Or is Chris Weidman the man to beat the King? One could make a strong case for Weidman to be the man for the job. There is no mistaking in the person to beat Anderson, will have to out wrestle him and control him for 5 rounds. The formula has been seen in action and almost to perfection from Chael Sonnen. The question begs to be asked is Weidman better than Sonnen? Although Sonnen has accomplished more in mma in terms of bouts and facing top level opponents, Weidman is definitely the better MMA fighter. Weidman has brown belt in brazilian jiu jitsu, and has developed some solid striking skills as well. I cant see Weidman out striking Silva, but he will defiantly put Anderson on his back more than once, and once he has him down, he is not getting up. But this is a 5 round fight, so the champ will have his opportunities to do what he does. Im going to go with Silva by tko, round 3.

Frankie Edgar vs Charles Oliveira

The former lightweight champion makes his second appearance at his natural weight class, when he faces brazilian import Charles Oliveria. Frankie faces a long and rangy in Oliveria but one would expect Edgar to be able to move in and out and score with his boxing. And if he ever does get into any kind of trouble, then taking downy the tall brazilian fighter shouldn't be a probably. I see a Unanimous decision for Edgar.

Roger Gracie vs Tim Kennedy

A Gracie returns to the octagon, and its not Royce. Roger Gracie is one of the greatest partitioners of jiu jitsu, of the present and his been able to showcase these skills in most of his mixed martial arts bouts. With the exception of Muhammed Lawal, this is Gracies toughest test to date against Tim Kennedy. Kennedy is a very explosive athlete how packs a lot power, but seems to be more comfortable on the ground. Kennedy shouldn't have any issues taking Gracie to the mats, but is that his best idea. I think he will keep it on the feet and box, with the long limbed Gracie. I see a tko for Kennedy in the opening round.

Other matches on the card include a middle clash of titans with Mark Munoz vs Tim Boetsch as well as feather weights Dennis Siver and Cub Swanson. Both bouts will be fun to watch, but i have a feeling the two featherweights are going to steal the show.

Posted in Fight Previews

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Muay Thai Fighter

The art of muay thai is often considered to be the most devastating of the striking arts by many. Its easy to see why after one watches a full thai rules match. The combination of kicks, knees, elbows and punches can create a formidable weapon that generates power like no other martial art. A leg kick by a trained thai fighter is the equivalent of hitting someone in the leg with a baseball bat. The art of muay thai can be deadly indeed, but that is not what it is about to the people of Thailand. It is a very spiritually martial that is heavily ingrained into the culture of Thailand.


The early history of muay thai is hard to trace as the archives and records at Ayuddhaya where destroyed with much at the thai capital by the Burmese. It is known that a form of muay thai was used as training for the Thai army and used in hand to hand combat during battle. The art went from battle field training to more of a spectator event, that was often a big part in festivals and celebrations. Fighters would eventually use hemp rope around there hands, a precursor to boxing gloves.
During the reign of Rama V, Thailand was at peace with its neighbours and the whole country prospered. Rama V, took a keen interest to the art and its popularity was greatly increased. Training camps began to pop up, where masters of the art would train students who in turn received food and shelter. Students would often adopt the camps name as there own surname as everyone one at the camp was seen as family. It was not until the reign of RamaVII that rules where written down and adopted. The first boxing rings were built and referees where placed in the ring with the fighters. Rounds where timed and more modern muay thai gloves were used as well as cotton ankle protectors.
The modern age of muay thai, has seen a growth of the art through the sport of mma, but purest of the art would say that mma has diluted the true form of muay thai.

Famous Muay Thai Practitioners

  • Buakaw Por. Pramuk - Two Time K1 Max Grand Prix Champion
  • Yodsanklai Fairtex - Three Time Lumpinee Stadium champion
  • Ramon Dekkers - First foreigner in Thailand to be chosen as the "Muay Thai Fighter of the Year"
  • John Wayne Parr - 10 time World Champion
  • Anderson Silva - 10 title defenses for UFC middleweight tiltle.
Posted in Martial Arts Disciplines

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


MMA T-Shirt When Kimurawear was first created, the company was purely a producer of mma clothing and apparel. Although our primary business is now in the mma gear and equipment, we still take great pleasure offering some unique mma clothing.

Our newest concept for mma apparel line is combat brand. This is our second product for this line. Our first combat brand item was our black mma hoodie, that we we released this past winter. It was such a success that we knew we needed to build upon this.

What is combat brand? Combat brand is a lifestyle, and a attitude. It means that you don't go to the gym to lift weights and look buff. You go the gym and train in one or more martial arts. You sweat and bleed on the mats, and leave everything behind in the gym. You leave the gym with your head held high knowing that you give it all you had. Thats what combat brand means.

Our latest addition to this line is a two color mma t-shirt. Since we have released these tees they have been flying out of our warehouse and right into our loyal customers hands. Look for more combat brand lifestyle mma clothing to coming out later this summer.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013


TJ Grant
You've finally done it. You got your but a local mma gym and signed up. You are ready to take a few different classes, but you don't know what kind of mma gear you need. No need to worry, we are here to give you the run down, on what you may need or not need for begging training in mixed martial arts.

MMA/Boxing Gloves:

The most important piece of mma training equipment that you will purchase are your training gloves. Most striking classes are not mma specific and more than likely just involve stand up techniques. Boxing training gloves are great for all types of stand up training. The bigger the glove, the more protection is provided to the user. A 16 oz glove is used for sparring while a 12 oz glove is great for everyday pad, or bag work. MMA gloves are used for light sparring and grappling and not the first piece of mma gear that you should buy, but something that you might want to look at down the road.

Hand Wraps:

Are hand wraps a must for mma training. If you are just learning how to punch then absolutely. Hand wraps are designed to give you proper wrist support, which is very important for beginners who may throw punches incorrectly and take a lot of punishment on there wrist. Wither you are a pro or a rookie, hand wraps are an absolutely essentially for protecting your hands and wrists.

Mouth Guard:

How important are mouth guards in contact sports in general? Just ask your buddy who is missing his two front teeth. Mouth guards are a must for all mma practitioners doing live sparring sessions. Although sparring sessions should be controlled you never know what can happen and its better to safe than sorry. Many grapplers and jiu jitsu practitioners use a mouth guard when rolling, to prevent any damage. You may not need a mouth guard on your first day, but eventually your going to have to grab one.

Head Gear:

Your most important asset is your brain, so its best to be proactive about it. When you get more advanced and begin sparring, you should always wear head gear. It may be uncomfortable at first, but you need to get used to it and keep it on. If you are doing light sparring and are an advanced student of mma, then you can away with out wearing your head gear.

Shin Guards:

Shin guards are a used for light to heavy sparring sessions, in either stand up fighting or full mma training. They are must if you would like to take your training to another level and get some real live sparring sessions . You need to be able to react to kicking techniques in a safe environment,as well throwing your own kicking techniques. If you are starting out, then you may not need to purchase shin guards, but in the long run, they are must for anyone looking to compete or reach there potential as a martial artist.

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Monday, May 27, 2013


TJ Grant Canada may have a second UFC champion in the near future. Nova Scotia born, TJ Grant earned his spot as the number contender in the lightweight division by knocking out Gray Maynard in the first round on Saturday night at UFC 160.

Gray Maynard was TJs biggest named opponent to date. The former 2 time lightweight challenger had beaten many of the UFCs top lightweights and only tasted defeat once in his career. His aggressive wrestling style has given many opponents problems, and his boxing skills have greatly improved through out his UFC career.

Since dropping to lightweight from the welter weight division, TJ has impressed in everyone of his bouts. He scored victories over Shane Roller, Carlo Prater, Evan Dunham and most recently knocked out Mat Wiman. With the later two wins, TJ gained a lot of attention from the UFC brass and was awarded the bout with Maynard.

Next up for TJ is champion Benson Henderson. This bout will is expected to take place later this year. Benson is a physical special with a well rounded skills and has not lost in the UFC. TJ will be sure to pressure the champ and hope to catch him with a big right hand and put Cole Harbor Nova Scotia on the map.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

UFC 160


Main Event

The heavyweight title is up for grabs this saturday May 25th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Lav Vegas, Nevada. Challenger Antonio Silva steps up to take on the champ Cain Velasquez. This two have already looked horns once, at UFC 146. In that bout Cain completely dominated Silva with viscous ground and pound and force the stoppage in the first round. Since then Cain has reclaimed his title and Antonio upset the heavily favoured Alistair Overreem. Can Silva cause another upset and take the title from Cains hands? I think not. Cain is a different animal compared to Silva, and his pace and wrestling ability should wear down the bigger man in Antonio. Look for another tko victory for Cain, 3rd round.

Co-Main Event

In the co main event of the evening two large men will battle for a potential shot at the winner of the main event. Both fighters in Junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt, prefer to fight on the feet and this bout should be no different. Can Mark Hunt continue he's knock out streak? Or will Junior bounce back after his 5 round drubbing in his last fight. I think if Junior where to play it smart you could take the New Zealander down and more or less win that fight that way, as hunt is more or less a fish out of water on the mat. Its a dangerous game on the feet for both guys, Im going to go with Junior by decision

TJ Grant

A pivotal lightweight bout between TJ Grant and Gray Maynard takes place on the main card, with the winner more or less be declared the number one contender. TJ Grant has looked unbeatable since his move down to lightweight, and is Canada s best beat at a lightweight champion. He blends his solid muay thai skills, with a very slick ground game. On the other hand the only kind of fighters TJ struggled with at welterweight were wrestlers. Gray Maynard is most definitely the best wrestler he was faced to date. Maynard has also picked up some solid boxing skills, and has some KO power in this hands. This is a great fight on paper, with my vote going to the Canuck, TJ Grant by decision.

Colton Smith

Ultimate fighter 16 winner and army ranger Colton Smith, has his first bout since winning the competition. Standing in his way is Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Robert Whittaker. The first time two ultimate fighter winners are facing each other in there first official UFC bout. Whittaker is a young well rounded fighter but he hasn't faced an opponent like Smith before. Colton's grappling skills are top notch and he seems to shut down everybody that he faces and grinds them out. Smith should earn the victory with a decision win.
UFC Colton Smith Kimurawear

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Anthony Birchak is the number 1 bantamweight for the Maximum Fighting Championship. He doesn't have a title to prove it yet, but sounds like he will have that opportunity very soon.

Anthony comes form a strong wrestling background in both freestyle and greco-roman. He was able to win the greco roman championship 4 consecutive times as well the freestyle state championship 3 consecutive times while in high school. In college Anthony continued find success when became a three time state medalist and a state runner up in 2003. Using his strong wrestling skills as a base, Birchak has been able to become a complete mma fighter and amassed an impressive 9-1 record.

On May 10th at MFC 37 True Grit, Birchak found himself in the main event against talented striker Ryan Benoit. Birchak was able to neutralize Benoits striking techniques with a relentless wrestling attack that say most of the bout take place on the ground. Both fighters had dominant positions throughout out the fight, but Birchak seemed to haves Benoit in trouble more often and displayed a high level jiu jitsu game. As the fight went on, Benoit seemed to tire and Birchak continued to attack and was able to easily get the nod from all three judges.

With this impressive victory Brichak has solidified his status as the number one bantamweight fighting for the MFC. His next fight will be for the vacant MFC bantamweight title against an unknown opponent. Chances are this young prospect is going to be staying around for while.

We at Kimurawear are very happy to be working with Anthony Birchak, not only is he a young and talented fighter but he has the personality to got with it. We see big things happening for this guy.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

MFC 37 - True Grit

MFC 37 True Grit, goes down tomorrow night at he shaw conference Centre in Edmonton Alberta. Unfortunately the main event between surging Canadian heavyweight Smealinho Rama, and American Chris Barnett hasbeen cancelled, but Kimruawear sponsored fighter Anthony Birchak and his opponent have stepped up to highlight the stacked card. Also on the card are Kimurawear athletes Jason Zentgrag and Muaki Maromo.


Anthony Birchak fights Ryan Benoit in the main event of MFC 37 tomorrow night. The winner of this bout is guaranteed an opportunity to fight for the inaugural bantamweight tile at a future MFC event. Birchak looks to seize this opportunity and make a statement as the top 135 pound fighter in the MFC. Birchak who fights out of Apex MMA in Tucson AZ, made a name for himself as a finisher by winning his first 4 bouts by submission. After compiling a an 8-1 record, Birchak got an opportunity to headline an event at Jacksons MMA in Albuquerque, NM. He faced one Jacksons MMA top prospects in Matt Leyva, and was able to finish him in 82 seconds by tko. This fight put Anthony on the radar of a lot promoters, and he signed an exclusive deal with Canada s top promotion in MFC.


Jason Zentgraf has already complied a 2-0 record in the MFC's middleweight division. Zentgraf looks to make it 3 in a row tomorrow night in Edmonton and make a claim for the vacant 185 pound strap. He faces brazilian jiu jitsu and judo black belt Luke Harris. Although all of Jasons victories have come by way of submission, he should have a solid striking advantage against the hometown fighter Harris. With both fighters being high level grapplers, the one who can out strike there opponent in this bout should walk away with the victory and a possible title shot.


Muaki Maromo is one of the most exciting fighters to watch on the MFC roster. He is a very explosive athlete that brings in a very solid muay thai background. Coming off a loss in his last bout, Muaki should be looking to make a statement and let everyone know that he is a top contender in the MFC's lightweight division. Prior to Maromo's last bout he had complied an ultra impressive record in of 4-0 in the MFC. Muaki had beaten title challenger Adam Lynn on two occasion, with the second fight ending in highlight reel ko fashion. Maromo's next fight is against a familiar opponent in Kurt Southern. The two faced each other over two years ago, and Southern was the victory handing Muakai his first loss. Maramo is a much different fighter now and intends on showing that when he faces southern for the second time.
MFC Muaki Maromo

Monday, April 29, 2013


Last year Kimurawear released its first SE series Boxing Glove and the response was overwhelming. Our loyal customers snapped them up as quickly as they came in, and the feed back was great. What grabs the end users attention, are the visual aspects of the glove. We created a visual stunning pattern on the glove that quickly irks the customers interest. We used a specially carbon fiber blend called Rexon for the construction of the SE series. This durable material has the ability to retain detailed artwork, much better than premium leather. Another aspect of the glove that is worth talking about is the feel of the glove. Everyone who puts one of these babies on mentions something about the boxing gloves comfort and feel.


Our SE Series Boxing Gloves also have all the perks of our original series. All of our gloves are fitted with our ReActive™ and Core Dry™ Techs. Our ReActive™ Tech top layer foams helps the boxing glove absorb impact and protect the user while our Core Dry™ Tech moisture repellent nylon inside liner, allows the boxing gloves to dry 70% faster and eliminates odor.


So far we have released two editions of our SE Series Boxing Gloves(Red, and Carbon Fiber). We plan on releasing our third sometime this summer. We have a few different ideas going around with color and design, and im sure its going to blow most away. Remember that these are limited run boxing gloves, so when there gone, there gone.



Pride FC, the greatest mixed martial arts promotion of all time had absolutely no elbows as one of there rules. The current juggernaut of MMA(UFC), has all the elbows anyone could ask for. Who has it right? Are they both right? Lets discuss they good the bad and the ugly of elbows in mixed martial arts.


A nicely placed standing elbow can be a thing of beauty and change the momentum of a fight. Muay thai elbow techniques are both technical and brutal when applied correctly in an mma bout. This kind of technique is not one for beginners and takes time to master. Standing elbows can be thrown from the clinch or from a medium range between fighters. These techniques are not always seen in mma due to there difficulty and there lower percentage chance of landing.


While in his opponents guard a wrestler drops his elbow less than an inch onto his opponents face. A deep cut is opened up and blood begins to pump out and cover the face of the bottom fighter. This scenario seems play out in a many mixed martial bouts, and may even be a strategy of some fighters. Many fights are stopped due to a cut. Often times the fighter that gets the loss is perfectly fine to continue, expect for the blood that is flowing into his eyes. Is that really sport? How satisfying is it to win a fight by cut? Was it definitive? Did you really win?


Have you ever seen a UFC broadcast start and there is a one spot on the canvass that is completely stained in blood. Chances are that a ground and pound elbow was unskillful dropped on an opponent, and the blood started spouting like a fountain. It amazes me that the UFC hasn't taken out grounded elbows. The UFC is MMA and what they do will set a precedent for the smaller shows to follow. How many more people would accept MMA as a sport with out all the blood that comes with it? Granted blood comes with many other techniques, but 95% of the time its from a grounded elbow strike. Is there a huge fan base that is only watching for the blood? Perhaps, but true fans of the sport don't scream for blood or want to see a fight stopped but cut.


Standing elbows: Good

Ground elbows: Bad

Will this change in the foreseeable future: HELL NO, I guess I will always have my old Pride Fc dvds.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Jared Robb wearing Body-X Compression

KimurawearsBody-X compression series, is a new state of the art compression line that blends technology and style. Body-X stands for body extension. The idea behind the Body-X line is that the compression gear becomes an extension of the user and a part of their own body. By using the latest technology we have developed a material that is able to react to the bodies demands and in turn increase athletic performance. Our Body-X Series is perfect for any kind of athletic training.


Our Body-X Compression series consists of all the essentials for any athlete. Our line compression pants, compression shorts and a compression long sleeve.


The secret behind our Body-X Compression Series is our Core-Flow™ Technology. Core-Flow™ Tech is a special material that we developed with the intent of creating the perfect workout gear. This special material aids the body in regulating temperature by keeping the muscle's warm and the body cool. With warmer muscles you are less likely to injure yourself while training. And coming back from an injury is that much easier when your muscles are warmed up with our Body-X line. Our Core-Flow™ Tech material also aids in wicking away the sweat while you train which creates a much more comfortable training environment.


This is the best part about our Body-X Compression Gear is we designed this compression line for any type of training. Be it jogging, wrestling, weight training, mma, trx etc, it doesn't matter, our compression line will benefit the user regardless of activity.

Thursday, February 14, 2013


Kimurawear Red Vale Tudo Shorts Kimurawear Black Vale Tudo Shorts

What is Vale Tudo? Its literal translation from Portuguese means "anything goes" or "everything allowed". To the average person it would look like a street fight between two crazed lunatics, but to the trained martial artist it would be combat in its purest form. The best fighters are the ones who can fight on the feet, in the clinch and on the ground. Fights in Vale Tudo, could take place in any of the these position and could last for hours. With the popularity of the UFC and MMA in general, Vale Tudo has been pushed to the side and been forgotten. This begs the question, where would the UFC be without the original hybrid sport?

The origin of Vale Tudo can be traced back to Brazil in the 1920's. Circuses and festivals would put on fights between two men in an open space with little or no rules. These fights could see different styles of combat pitted against each other, such as catch wrestling, Capoeria or Japanese jitsu jitsu. As these fights were gaining popularity, the Gracie Jiu Jitsu system was being developed. The Gracies had created there own style of fighting which had its root from Japanese Judo. The Gracies emphasized there training on the ground and used leverage and technique to submit there opponents. The Gracie family issued open Vale Tudo challenge matches to fighters of any discipline, such as Boxers, and Wrestlers. Over the next 40 or so years the Gracies found much success with there style of fighting as they lost few vale tudo matches.

In the 1940's a new style of fighting was introduced in Brazil by a man named Euclydes "Tatu" Hatem. He called his fighting style Luta Livre, which he developed the style from wrestling and Judo. Tutu fought George Gracie in a Vale Tudo match and was able to submit him with a kimura lock. With this victory a rivalry was born between Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and Luta Livre. Many vale tudo matches would take place between the two styles with both sides claiming the superior discipline.

In the 1970's, Rorion Gracie moved from his native Brazil to the United States in order to spread his families art. Rorion is the eldest son of the late Helio Gracie, who was one of the founding fathers of BJJ. In the 1990's Rorion was approached to help out with a Vale Tudo style tournament in the United States and he accepted. The promotion was called the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and would resemble the same style of fights that had been going on in Brazil for years. With only few rules, no eye gouging, no fish hooking, the first event took place in Denver, Colorado in 1993. Fighters from 8 different disciplines were placed in a tournament bracket, with the winner being the man to win all three fights in one night. The Gracies had a representative in the tournament in Royce Gracie. Royce easily won the tournament as the other participants had little to no experience on fighting on the ground.

Today the UFC has a variety of rules in place for the safety of the athletes and has helped create a legitimate sport that has become popular worldwide. From the dirt on the circus floors in Brazil to the big lights of Las Vegas, Vale Tudo has helped change the fighting game.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013


UFC 155 goes down this Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada. The featherweight world title is up for grabs. Challenger Frankie Edgar drops down a weight class to take on Champion Jose Aldo. Another big match up on the card include the co-main event in which Rashad Evans faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. UFC 155 also sees the return of Alistair Overeem, as he faces Antonio Silva in a heavyweight clash that could have world title implications. An interesting match up between jiu jitsu wizard Demian Maia, against the re-surging Jon Fitch in a welter weight showdown is also taking place.

Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar

Franke Edgar drops down to his natural weight class for the first time in his career, after achieving a great amount of success in the lightweight division. I wouldn't expect Frankie to show any ill effects after making the weight cut, perhaps he will be even faster if thats possible. How will Jose Also handle the speed of Edgar? That is going to be the deciding factor in the fight. Even though Frankie is dropping down a weight class, he is still the smaller athlete. Jose Aldo is a beast, and has a huge advantage when it comes to power. I would expect Jose to be able to get back to his feet after Edgar scores a quick takedown, which will most likely happen early and often. Can Frankie use his speed and boxing skills to out strike the champ. Jose Aldos leg kicks could be the deciding factor for an Aldo victory. Landing a couple of low kicks every round should slow down the challenger and see the title remain in the Brazilians hands.

Rashad Evans vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

The former champ Rashad Evans is back in action after his failed bid to reclaim his title. He has a tough opponent in Rogerio Nogueira who is a name that is always mentioned as a top contender, but always seems to never get right to the top. The winner of this bout doesn't secure a title shot by any means, but could potential be only one more big win away from such a shot. Rashad is the more explosive athlete out of the two, and has a big advantage in the wrestling department. Who is the better striker? I think Rashad will be able to out strike little Nog, while mixing in his wrestling skills to get the decision. I cant see Nogueira getting anything going off of his back, and his solid boxing skills will not be enough on the feet to handle Rashad.

Alistair Overeem vs Antonio Silva

The Reem makes his glorious return after a drug suspension and faces a dangerous opponent in Antonio Silva. The winner is probably in line for a title shot later in the year, if all the star aline for them. Both fighters are big powerful men with KO power. Alistair, has the better striking technique as far as over stand up skills are concerned, and Big Foot has the better submission skills. If the stays on the feet, which it probably will then Alistair has a very good chance of knocking out Big Foot. Overeems chin hasnt really been tested since he moved up to heavyweight and has been knocked out 6 times as a light heavyweight. Silva could be the guy to test it with his big hands if the fight gets sloppy. I see the Reem taking this one and getting a shot at Cain later in the year.

Jon Fitch vs Demian Maia

A very interesting welterweight match between Jon Fitch and Demian Maia takes place on the main card. Demian Maia, may have the best jiu jitsu in all of mma and hasn't missed a step since dropping to welterweight. Jon Fitch wins fights by grinding down his opponents, and wearing them down. Most likely Fitch will get the fight to mat, and control the fight, while doing just enough damage to not get stood up. Can Maia, get his jiu jitsu going against a Fitch who is a black belt himself? Its possible, as Fitch regularly finds himself in deep submissions, but always seems to find a way out and then win the fight. This fight could end up being fight of the night between two highly skilled grapplers. Im hopping for a Maia submission win, but Fitch usually finds a way to win fights.

A special shout out to Kimuarwear team member Dustin Kimura who is making his UFC debut. The sky is the limit for his youngster and we will be rooting for him to come with the victory!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Fighter Profile: Colton Smith

MMA fighter, Army Ranger, Husband, Father, is there anything this guy doesn't do? Kimurawear is proud to announce that Colton Smith has been added to our roster of athletes.

Army Ranger

Colton is a dedicated army ranger, who is responsible for training new recruits in hand to hand combat, in Fort Hood Texas. He is known for his strong wrestling skills as well as a very sharp jiu jitsu game. Colton passes on these skills to new recruits and gets them prepared for real situations that they could potentially face in the real world.

The Ultimate Fighter

As a fighter, Smith most recently entered in the Ultimate Fighter Competition. Colton didn't have a lot of mma fight experience, but he made up for it with real life experience as an army ranger. Throughout his time in the house, Colton would be known for his dominating wrestling style of fighting. Once he was in range he would punch to clinch, or shoot, and then be all over his opponents. His opponents didn't have time to breath and mounted little in the sense of offense. After 4 consecutive victories, Smith found himself in the finale of the show and fighting for 6 figure UFC contract.

The Finale

At the finale of the Ultimate Fighter Show, Colton would be up against Canadian fighter Mike Ricci. Like Colton, Ricci had impressed during the competition. He used a well rounded skill set to find himself in the finals. He would have a striking advantage over Colton, but would he be able to hurt the Ranger, and stop his dominating grappling game. Smith would find the take down, easy and often, in the bout, while Ricci wasn't able to produce any kind of offense. The second and third rounds were the same as the first and Colton was to find himself the Ultimate fighter.

The Future

Whats next for Colton? He posses a very dominating grappling game that will see him do very well in the UFCs welterweight division. Unsure of when his next bout is for certain, you can guarantee that the new recruits at Fort Hood, are getting top notch instruction.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Strikeforce Wrap up

Strikeforce held its final event this past saturday January the 12th. The event was bitter sweet. It was sweet to see some of Strikeforces top athletes compete and showcase there skills, in front of a boisterous crowd. It was sweet to see a new champion crowned in the welterweight division, but it was also bitter in knowing that there will never be another Strikeforce event ever.

Daniel Cormier & Josh Barnett

Kimurawear went 4 for 5 with its main card pics. Not to shabby but the two heavyweight bouts weren't really up for discussion as to who the winner would be. Cormier and Barnett easily dispatched there over matched opponents and ended there Strikeforce careers with victories. Cormier will next fight in the UFC, possibly against Frank MIr, who he was supposed to fight on this card. Then theres the WarMaster. The outspoken Barnett has a rocky relationship with the Zuffa brass, which makes his future uncertain. Should he be in the UFC fighting the best heavyweights in the world? Yes. Will he? Who knows. Dana's ego doesn't always play nice, perhaps its time for Lorenzo to step in for those negotiations.

Tarec Saffiedine

The upset of the night was the main event as Tarec Saffiedine battered Nate Marquardt to become the first Belgian MMA champion in a distinguished promotion. Saffiedine used his superior technique and speed to out strike the UFC veteran, and cruised to a unanimous decision after 5 rounds. Marquardt will need plenty of ice and some bed rest for a few days, as his lead leg looked like something out of a horror movie by the end of the night. Does Saffiedine get an immediate title shot at the winner of GSP and Diaz? Perhaps. He is a dangerous match up for both fighters, and after he's last performance he looks ready. Where does Nate the Great go? To the UFC no doubt. He hit a road block and will be back for sure. He is still a powerful beast at welterweight and will a tough matchup for anyone in the UFCs top 10.

Gegard Mousasi

After taking a year off, Mousasi didn't miss a beat and was able to dispatch Mike Kyle with ease. Once the fight was on the ground, in typical Mike Kyle fashion he was a fish out of water, and Gegard was able to sink in the choke. It perplexes me as to why Mike Kyle cant develop a ground game, while training at one of the best camps in the world. Such an athlete, such a natural fighter, and now retired. I guess its for the best. Mousasi, will enter the UFC with a lot of momentum, and with his skill set could contend for the title with a only one or two wins. The Jon Jones riddle may be his to figure out, and his striking could see jones take someone to the mats for the first time in a while.

Ronaldo Souza

Jacare was way to much for Ed Herman in the opening bout on Showtime. Hermans herky-jerky stand up didn't offer much for Souza as he took the wrestler down early and was able to impose his will on the ultimate fighter alumni. Ronaldo is an amazing athlete with an amazing skill set that will see him steam roll many of the UFCs top middleweights. The problem arises when you get to the top of the division, where the greatest fighter in the world resides. Anderson Silva is a fellow country man, friend and training partner. It has already been stated that the two will not fight. Its good for Anderson in a way. Souza would be a very dangerous opponent. Not to say Anderson couldn't dazzle and defeat Jacare, but there are few challengers at middleweight who can actually contend with Anderson.

Strikeforce is dead, and Zuffa can add another name to there tombstone of defunct promotions. Is it good for MMA? Is it bad for MMA? Yes and No. Its bad that the Strikeforce product is no more. It was a high quality product with world class fighters putting on world class fights. But Strikeforces achilles heel has always been its lock of depth in any division and having a hard time match making for titles and such. With the merger there will be some great match ups in the UFC and each division is going to get a few fighters that could be UFC champions down the road. Stay tuned as I think I might have to write a blog about that.

Rob "the blog" Keller

Friday, January 11, 2013


On Saturday January 12th, 2012, Strikeforce will hold its final mixed martial arts event in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This will be the 63rd event that was put on the promotion, and they are going out on top with a stacked card.

The main event puts UFC export and Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt vs Belgian fighter Tarec Saffiedine. Marquardt looked like an absolute beast in his Strikeforce debut against Tyron Woodley. He ended the fight in brutal fashion by knocking out the previously undefeated american top team product. An the other hand Tarec Saffiedine has to one of the most technical and precise fighters in all of MMA's welterweight ranks. Crisp and clean muay thai skills, and slick and dangerous jiu jitsu skills, make Saffiedine a threat to anyone he faces. This fight comes down to Marquardt's size, power, experience, against Saffiedine's technical abilities. Im going to say Marquardt by TKO round 2.

The next two fights on the main card so two Strikeforce newcomers take on two of there biggest heavyweight stars as Dion Staring and Nandor Guelmino take on Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett respectively. Are these match ups more of a showcase to see Cormier and Barnett march into the UFC with impressive wins? Maybe yes, maybe no, but one thing for sure is there opponents have a huge mountain to climb if they want a UFC contract. Cormier looks like the next big thing in the heavyweight division. He's Olympic level wrestling skills, combined with his athleticism have seen him make through his first 10 fights unchallenged. He has impressed with striking as he has felled big named opponents such as Jeff Monson, and Josh Barnett. Look for a quick victory from Cormier on Saturday. On the other end of the heavy weight showcase is Josh Barnet. A true veteran of the sport and one of its most charismatic individuals. He faces Austrian Nandor Guelmino. Who? Exactly. The 37 year old heavyweight has the opportunity of a life time. Beat Barnet and book a ticked to the UFC. Chances of it happening…….slim to non. Look for Barnet to take this to the ground early and get the submission win.

The final two fights on the main card have two former Strikeforce champions against tough but beatable opponents. Gegard Mousasi, returns after a lengthy layoff to take on one dimensional striker Mike Kyle. The obvious favorite would be Gegard as he has the more well rounded abilities, but u can never count Kyle out as he is a natural fighter with dangerous power. Mousasi will take this fight were ever it goes, unless there is some ring rust and Kyle is on his A game. In the opening bout, former Strikeforce middle weight champion Ronaldo Souza square off with UFC staple Ed Herman. Herman steps up to face one of the most athletic middleweights in the game, and will have to have the fight of his life to earn the victory. The fight may be competitive at first but Souza will impose his game, be it striking or ground and enter the UFC on a winning note.

Also on the card are some of Strikeforce's top talent, in Pat Healy, Roger Gracie, Tim Kennedy, Ky Noons, and Ryan Couture. Look for these guys to make the jump to the UFC with a win.

Strikeforce was a world class promotion that put on some of the best fights in MMA. Unfortunately the show has come to an end, but thanks for the great fights. The positive from the end of the show is that there will be some great match ups from Strikeforce fighters to UFC fighters. I will sit back and enjoy those ones as well.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Choosing the Right Glove

You have recently decided that you are going to start training in a certain martial art, but u are unsure of what kind of equipment you need. Most importantly what kind of glove are u going to need, when you start training? This is a common question for anyone when they start training, in boxing, mma, muay thai, cardio-kickboxing etc. Are all gloves created equal? The answer is defiantly no.

The first thing to consider when chosen a glove, is what are you going to be using it for. Are you going to be doing a lot of heavy bag work? Or are u going to be doing a lot of sparring with it. Generally, you can consider the folioing activities and choose the appropriate glove for it.

  • Sparring - Heavier Glove - For protection - 16 oz
  • Heavy Bag work - Thicker Glove - Bag Gloves
  • Competition - Lighter Glove - For Speed - 10 oz or 12 oz
  • All around training - Medium Sized Glove - 10 oz or 12 oz or 14 oz

Of course the above information is a general guide line to follow, there can easily be exceptions. In MMA competition a 4 oz glove is used, while for light MMA sparring a 7 oz hybrid glove is used.

Another thing to consider is the size of the individual that is going to be using the glove. A larger individual doesn't want to be using an 8 oz glove.

  • 8 oz - For Youth
  • 10 oz or 12 oz - Smaller sized individuals
  • 14 oz - Medium sized individuals
  • 16 oz - Larger sized individuals

Choosing the right glove is a very important decision to make. Having the wrong kind of glove can cause injury to yourself, as well as your training partner. If you still unsure of what glove to use, then the best option would be to ask your trainer, and there expert input onto what type of glove you should be using.

New Compression Line

2012 is coming to an end, and we had another great year at Kimurawear. We are planning on starting the new year with bang, and are very excited to launch our new compression line in January, 2013.

Our new line is going to be available in three different colors, white, black, and red. We are going to launch our new line, with vale tudo shorts, pants/tights, and a long sleeve rash guard.

What sets our new line apart from the competition is its sleek new and its many technological innovations. First of all we are using a brand new material, which is a Lycra / cotton poly blend. This material offers much more elasticity which increases the range of mobility of the athlete. The blend is of a much softer nature, and feels much more comfortable then anything else out there. The Lycra in the blend, wicks away sweet and keeps the user dry.

Special thanks to Josh Hill and Jared Robb for taking part in our photo shoot.