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Why Wear Grappling Gear?

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Seven Grappling Gear worn by Mirsad Bektic.

We asked Drew Dober to talk to us about the benefits of using grappling gear in training. Here’s what he had to say.

SEVEN: Is there a downside to training without wearing protective gear?
DOBER: I know some athletes do it, but gear is a very important part of keeping you safe and your body well enough to train often. It prevents unnecessary damage to your body and protects you from injuries, which gives you an opportunity to get into the gym everyday.

SEVEN: We know that safety is one reason to wearing training gear, but are there any other reasons?
DOBER: The weight of the gloves actually helps increase your speed. Plus, when you have confidence in your equipment, it gives you less to think about while training in such a demanding sport.

SEVEN: Some athletes say it hinders movement or gets in the way – would you agree?
DOBER: yes in a way. Weighing you down and hindering your movement are also benefits to wearing equipment because as you get use to wearing equipment it will help make you faster, stronger, and more mobile.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Grappling Shin

Seven’s Grappling Shin Guard is noticeably different the minute you see it. The Seven Grappling Shin Guard answers the problem all athletes have with shin guards – shifting and repositioning.

Seven Fightgear Grappling Shin Guard

The design includes a neoprene stretch fabric on the back that covers the entire leg so it slips on like a sock and fits like a glove — eliminating the problem with shifting. It’s lightweight and made of synthetic leather so it provides excellent protection for the shins and calves. It’s also cooler to wear due to the high quality moisture wicking material throughout the interior. Combine it with the Seven Open Face Headgear and Hybrid Training Glove for complete training protection.

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Dober: A Fighter That Never Quits.

Drew Dober | Seven Fightgear

Like many fighters, Drew Dober has a dream. His daily hours of hard work in the gym are a job description for his ultimate career goal as a full-time fighter with the UFC. Drew’s roots lie in traditional martial arts, from Taekwondo and Karate to Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai.

“It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was going to spend my life in sport,” says Drew Dober. “I’ve been training in martial arts and MMA for about ten years and I still wake up every day looking for more … ready to put in the work.”

Drew Dober was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. His interest in martial arts began at the age of 13, when he enrolled in TaeKwonDo and Karate classes. He soon found his sport of choice — Muay Thai — and says he integrates skills from Muay Thai into his MMA style.

“I prefer the striking of Muay Thai. I can mix everything I know with skills from my other disciplines and create my own fight style that keeps me from being vulnerable,” says Dober. He still likes to be a part of Muay Thai fights, but adds, “here in the midwest, Muay Thai fights are hard to find.” It doesn’t seem to matter, however, because early on Dober had a plan.

Drew Dober MMA Fighter

In high school, he added wrestling to his experience with Taekwondo and Karate. True to form, Drew put in the work and earned a reputation for his wrestling prowess when he was named the District Silver Medalist for his team, as well as a qualifying spot at state competition. The discipline he learned in wrestling became part of his Muay Thai training, which ultimately became the foundation of his MMA fighting style. Whether through his own growth, or with a little push from the trainers and martial arts community in his hometown, Drew’s transition to MMA was complete by the time he graduated from high school and participated in his first fights.

“Winning against three undefeated fighters certainly helped kickstart my career,” says Dober. “I was fired up and knew I made the right decision.”  What followed was an amateur fight record of 12-0, including an 8-1 record as an amateur Muay Thai fighter. In July of 2009, Drew left amateur status to become a pro MMA fighter, and with three years of professional fights under his belt, he is now focused on a path that leads to the UFC, and ultimately holding a world title.

Next up on Drew’s schedule is a December 15 fight at Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska at the Victory Fighting Championship. When asked what he thinks his best attribute is as a fighter, Dober confidently says, “I work hard. I am dedicated to my fighting and I never quit.”

Dober says MMA competition is like physical chess. After hours in the gym a fighter must consider every second, every move, every strike. “Every single discipline that I’ve learned helps me when I’m in the cage. It’s raw competition at its finest and I have to use every element I know to outsmart my opponent,” he says.

For now, Drew is taking advantage of all the opportunities he can. Earlier this year Drew got a chance to fight for UFC’s reality show, The Ultimate Fighter: Season 15, against Darren Cruikshank, and while he was defeated by a decision, Dober’s performance was described by Geno Mrosko on SB Nation as a fighter who held up even “when the kitchen sink didn’t put him down….”.

Drew Dober Grappling with Mirsad Bektic   Drew Dober | Seven Fightgear

Drew is a member of the Mid-America MMA team as well as Team Vaghi – a group of MMA fighters from St. Louis, Omaha, and Kansas City. For tickets to Drew’s upcoming fight at the Victory Fighting Championship, click here. Be sure to like Seven Fightgear on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with Seven Fightgear athletes. See Drew in the Seven Fightgear video

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Photography by Chris McEniry

Meet Jason High

Jason High | Seven Fightgear MMA

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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Want to know more about Jason?

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Photography by Chris McEniry

 

OKC Strikeforce Live Show Cancelled

Nov. 3, 2012 event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena show in Oklahoma City, OK is cancelled… 3 out of the last 6 Zuffa shows have been cancelled due to injuries.. “While we’re disappointed with the cancellation, we are looking forward to an even bigger STRIKEFORCE event on SHOWTIME early next year,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME.

Tyler Stinson and his locks :)

Tyler Stinson MMA at the Seven Fightgear photo shoot

"Seven Life Style"

Photography by Chris McEniry

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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.”

Seven Fightgear photographer Jerry R Chavez art work coming to Sevenfightgear.com soon!

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