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15 Outstanding Benefits of Pacific Sports Rash Guards

A rash is a change of the skin which affects its color, feeling, or texture and it may be localized in one part of the body, or affect all the skin. A rash guard, as the name implies, guards the skin from rashes. In sporting activities, the skin comes in contact with various natural and unnatural elements, which may causes rashes. A rash guard, sometimes known as a rashies or rashys, is a specialized apparel made for sporting activities. It is available as an upperbody wear, as a lowerbody wear, or a full-body wear. In combat sports like martial arts, especially in grappling martial arts, BJJ, and MMA, rash guards are extremely popular. Due to the different techniques employed, a martial artist may execute or be subjected to various kinds of punches, kicks, blocks, and throws, due to which rashes caused by abrasion may appear on the skin. A rash guard offers protection against such rashes. Generally, martial artists wear a rash guard beneath a Gi or even sometimes as a stand-alone garment. [...]  read more

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Using multipurpose pads for effective training

In martial arts training, a multipurpose pad is used to train arm and leg strikes, primarily to improve technique, power and accuracy of the strikes. It also has an added benefit of helping to condition the body part used. A multipurpose pad can be used in any martial art or combat sport. For a no-holds barred training, instead of sparring with a partner, one can practice with one or more multipurpose pads. A martial artist can use full power in the strikes and get almost the same benefit as sparring with a partner. Since full power strikes are targeted at a multipurpose pad, no training partner is hurt. Practicing with a multipurpose pad is totally safe, instructive and enjoyable at the same time. [...]  read more

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Various identifying aspects of a gi (martial arts uniform)

Any uniform is a dress code, whose primary function is identification. The usage of a uniform, as a means of identification, may be broadly classified as general identification and specific identification. A general identification occurs when the uniform denotes belongingness to a particular group or social entity. For example, schoolchildren wear a particular uniform that identifies their belongingness to a particular school. Likewise, different professions have different identifying uniforms. For example, a gi (martial arts uniform) identifies a martial artist, a white overcoat identifies a doctor, and a police uniform identifies a person serving in the police force. [...]  read more

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The multiple benefits of compression wear

A compression wear, compresses the surface of the skin and thereby exerts a surface pressure on the body part where it is worn. Due to this balanced pressure, blood flow is accelerated and the affected muscle groups obtain more oxygen, which enhances faster recovery. Athletes can derive various benefits from compression wear. [...]  read more

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Does the colour of a uniform affect performance in sports?

In the past few years several studies have been done on the topic of how colour of a uniform can affect an athlete's performance in sports. Some studies argue that a white coloured uniform is disadvantageous in competitions; while some studies state that a superiority effect is achieved if the uniform is red; whereas other studies opine that aggression is increased if the uniform colour is black. [...]  read more

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Points to consider before buying a martial arts uniform

Martial arts are practiced worldwide, with many practiced both as a martial art and as an Olympic sport. Practitioners need to wear a uniform, which is known by different names in different martial arts. A Taekwondo uniform is known as a "dobok" and a Karate uniform is known as a "dogi". However, generally a martial arts uniform is known simply as a "gi". While buying any martial art uniform, the following points should be considered. [...]  read more

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Training with a Paddle

A paddle is a training equipment that is primarily used in Taekwondo, but can also be used in any other martial art. The inside of the paddle has high density foam, which is covered with high-quality durably stitched leather, so that it can withstand intense usage. The paddle has a handle and a padded hitting target, which together measures about 17 inches in length. The padded hitting target has a width of about 8 inches. The paddle is lightweight and weighs about 330 gms.  [...]  read more

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Sewing a patch on a martial arts uniform (gi)

Patch of "Pacific International Taekwondo"

Martial arts uniforms have different names in different martial arts, for example, in Taekwondo it is known as a "dobok", and in Karate it is known as a "dogi". Nonetheless, a kimono-style top with pants and a belt is commonly known as a "gi". A gi is available in various colours and sizes. Most martial arts schools have a patch of their own, which needs to be sewn on the gi. Sewing a patch can be done by hand or by a sewing machine. The process of sewing is simple and it consists of three stages, namely before sewing, sewing and after sewing. [...]  read more

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Washing a Gi (Martial Arts Uniform)

Martial arts like Taekwondo, Karate, Aikido, Jiu-Jutsu and Judo use a uniform that is known as a Gi, which consists of a jacket, pants and a belt. Since there are different coloured belts, a Gi is usually sold with only the jacket and the pants, while the belt has to be purchased separately. Training in martial arts is rigorous and thus, the Gi gets soiled with dirt, dust, odour, and sweat. Therefore, the Gi must be washed and following washing instructions enables the Gi to last a long time. Washing usually consists of three phases, which are pre-washing, washing and post-washing. [...]  read more