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Meet Jason High

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Earlier this year, Seven invited Jason High to help us launch Seven Fightgear. His winning fight record, elite skills in wrestling and stand up, and reputation as a tough fighter were exactly the combination that we wanted for Seven Fightgear. Affectionately called the Kansas City Bandit, Jason is currently signed to a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, and part of the American Top Team. His background as an NCAA Division I wrestler for the University of Nebraska laid the foundation for his ground game, which is strengthened by his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills, honed during a semester studying abroad  in Costa Rica in 2005.  High made it to the finals of the Dream Welterweight Grand Prix in 2009, before losing via a highlight reel head kick knock out to Marius Zaromskis.

In an article for MMA NonStop, Corey Smith wrote about Jason, “ Like his last name, his wrestling level is high, and his stamina is considered nearly limitless. Favoring rapid and relentless takedowns, Jason is known to fire off several attempts in a row, until taking his opponent down and pummeling him with ground and pound.”

Jason opened an MMA gym in Leawood, Kansas, with fellow fighter L.C. Davis in October 2011, offering the highest level of MMA instruction in the Kansas City metro. He now lives in Overland Park, Kansas.

Jason High Seven FightgearJason splits his time with American Top Team and his own gym in Kansas City, HD (High-Davis) MMA, co-founded with LC Davis. High is currently on an seven fight win streak, and many in the martial arts community wonder why his solid winning record against talented opponents Todd Moore, Quinn Mulhern, and highly regarded prospect Jordan Mein hasn’t earned him more fights or recognition. Jason did fight once for the UFC, losing a unanimous decision to Charlie Brenneman. As Corey Smith reported in his article it was “considered a head scratching move by many when High was cut after the loss, despite Brenneman being considered one of the UFC’s rising stars.”

Here are some other shots of Jason during the Seven Fightgear Photo Shoot. His sparring partner is Tyler Stinson.

Jason High Kicks for Seven Fightgear

Jason High MMA Sparring for Seven Fightgear

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Brian Davidson: “I’m Ready for the UFC”

It doesn’t take long to realize that Brian Davidson is serious about Mixed Martial Arts. Talk to him about the sport and his infectious passion quickly illustrates how MMA drives his life — from the gyms he owns, to the MMA teams he coaches, to his advocacy for the sport. For Brian, owner of Grind House MMA outside of Kansas City, Missouri, success in 2012 will be measured by one thing: gaining a spot to fight in the UFC.

“I am so ready for a UFC fight,” Davidson says. “I hope I get a chance this year; I think I’ve proven that I’m not a one-dimensional fighter,” referring to his energized fights and unique style that has resulted in a 5-fight winning streak this year. Combining skills he established in Taekwondo (which he began at the age of ten) with Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga and Wrestling, Davidson has carved his own place in the ring.

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Brian Davidson for Seven Fightgear

Brian caught the attention of many in the MMA community with his submission of former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver at the Titan Fighting Championship in 2011. As the underdog, his rear-naked choke and ability to take command of Pulver with punches and on the ground maneuvers gave Davidson not only an early round one win, but new-found confidence and a desire for more. His continued winning streak has proven to be powerful motivation for someone who wasn’t actively competing.

“The fight with Jens Pulver pulled me out of retirement, that’s for sure,” says Davidson. “He’s a legend, and I just couldn’t refuse an opportunity like that.” After his win, Davidson didn’t look back, and was once again a competitor with his eyes on a new goal.

Before the pivotal fight with Jens Pulver changed the direction of Davidson’s life, he spent his days teaching at his two gyms, Grindhouse MMA and Kids 2 Leaders Gym, where you can still find him offering what he terms “family style” martial arts instruction. “I fight in the MMA ring these days, but my roots in Taekwondo are still a big part of my life,” he says.  His resume includes a long list of accomplishments as a 7th Degree Black Belt and 4-time Taekwondo World Champion. He also spent four years training in Krav Maga with Gracie Baha in Orlando, FL., and you can see that influence in the programs he offers at his school.

Kids 2 Leaders offers students classes in Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Weapons, Judo, Sparring, Board Breaking, Israeli self-defense and MMA. “We value the core principles of the traditional martial arts by teaching respect, confidence, self discipline and self esteem. But we also combine skills from these different disciplines and show students how to put them together to be a well rounded athlete.”

Davidson says fighters get in trouble when they learn skills individually without figuring out how to incorporate them into a seamless style. “If a fighter doesn’t have a strategy and isn’t trained to use all the skills together, he’ll revert to the techniques of his core discipline (like Karate or Boxing) and not be ready for every scenario a fight might present,” he says.

“Wrestlers used to beat me – I called them my kryptonite. I had to learn those skills to win and now I have the confidence to fight any type of fighter because I’ve done the work … to know what’s coming,” Davidson says.

When asked about the future of the sport, Davidson says MMA is here to stay. “MMA is going to continue to grow. It’s the ultimate sport for physicality…a fighter does hours of cardio and strength training. They’re more agile, balanced and tough. No other combat sport is as complete as MMA…that’s why everyone loves it.”

Because of this, Davidson believes MMA will continue to gain a bigger presence on network television and become accepted in mainstream sports programs. “Parents are comfortable with traditional martial arts programs that are structured and focused on a certain set of goals. These programs are a great way to get students started. They become feeder programs for other disciplines of traditional martial arts and MMA and it’s a natural progression of skills and training,” says Davidson. “The next major push will be for collegiate MMA teams because there is already collegiate Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, and Taekwondo. Once that happens, it will only be a matter of time before MMA is in the Olympics.”

It’s an exciting time for Brian Davidson, as both a gym owner and competitor. “I love this sport and the competition … how it changed the way I train, how I teach, and what my personal style is,” he says. “I am excited about how this platform allows me to share the positive aspects of the sport with students and spectators, and to be an advocate for the many things to come for MMA.”

Strikeforce Fighter Tyler Stinson at the Seven Photoshoot

Strikeforce Fighter Tyler Stinson wearing the Seven Competition Glove.

Seven Fightgear Mixed Martial Arts is Here!

Seven Fightgear Mixed Martial Arts

Seven Fightgear is now open featuring a line of high-quality mixed martial arts fight and training gear of the same name. SEVEN, named for the seven disciplines of martial arts, enters the MMA arena with a sleek, modern line of grappling, stand up and fitness gear that includes competition and training gloves, head gear, bag and boxing gloves, shin guards, training mitts and pads, and apparel.

“It takes more than Heart, it takes Seven” is not just the company’s tagline, but a strategic position for a well defined and focused portfolio of products that provide sought-after features athletes demand. SEVEN is the culmination of the best product features athletes want with high quality materials and attention to manufacturing craftsmanship. At each stage the company focused on the fit, how to make it more comfortable, and solved some gear problems out there. MMA gear literally takes a beating so the focus for Seven has been to make sure its well made and a favorite of fighters.

One example of this is the SEVEN Grappling Shin Guard. The shin guard is designed with a neoprene stretch fabric that fits like a sock on the shins and calves, giving excellent, no-slip protection that doesn’t shift while grappling. Shins that slip and get in the way was a problem that Seven product designers heard over and over. The Seven Shin also makes an easy transition from groundwork to striking.

Drew Dober, MMA Fighter from Omaha Nebraska calls Seven, “extremely comfortable and durable.” For Dober the difference is that the Seven product design originated from “how it was going to be used, not just what it looks like,” he says. “Sure we want the gear to look nice, but bottom line, its got to wear well and work. I’ve been using the shin guards and boxing gloves and both are performing extremely well in my training,” adds Dober.

Seven Fightgear is in stock and available now. Visitors can also register for periodic emails about upcoming promotions. For more information call 1-877-777-1447. Follow on twitter @sevenfightgear; facebook: Seven Fightgear and on YouTube at sevenfightgear.

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