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How To Choose The Perfect Skateboard

Are you looking to buy a new board, but the moment you walk into your local shop your head starts to spin? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us at one time or another. With all of the new boards and being thrown out these days, even a veteran skateboarder can have trouble keeping up.

Of course, buying any of the top pro skateboards is suppose to be fun, not give you the feeling you have when you wake up and see it’s raining out (hello indoor skate park!). So to help make your board buying experience a little more pleasant, here is a quick buying guide for the next time you visit your local shop.

The first thing to keep in mind is that price tag you see dangling isn’t always the best way to tell if a board is good or not. A high priced board isn’t always going to be the best choice for you. How you skate should always be the number one factor you consider when buying a new board. What’s your style? Do you like a fat board or a long board? Are you big or small?

All of these are important factors to consider when board shopping. As an example, if you aren’t packing the pounds, you can go for a small deck, but if you are bigger, then you will need a more solid deck.

Go and visit a few local board shops and start educating yourself. Almost every employee in these shops is a skater and can tell you exactly what you should be looking for. Such as, if you are new to skating, then it is a good idea to start with a beginner’s board with a wide deck. You will want to consider not only the correct deck size, but the type of wheels you will need for the skating you will be doing. Take your time and test out the various boards, then get an idea of what each shop is charging for your favorite board.

Finally, go online and see if you can get the board cheaper than in your local shop. Be sure to take into account the shipping and handling charges before making your final decision. Remember, be patient, ask a lot of questions, and only buy a board you are comfortable on.

postheadericon Mixed martial arts and what you should know about it

Mixed Martial Arts and What You Should Know About It

Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, combines many different fighting techniques, including grappling and striking, and high performance standards, particularly in the often intense, and very popular MMA tournaments. The first tournaments came about as a result of the 1993 Ultimate Fighting Championship, which matched different fighting styles in a competition where the rules were minimal and the goal was to find the best fighters in the world. The success of this mixed martial arts combat style led to the development and implementation of rules designed to keep athletes safe and deflect early criticism of the sport while still holding on to the original concept of the UFC as much as possible. The modern MMA tournaments have their roots in the Vale tudo martial arts tournaments held in Brazil by the Gracie family beginning in the 1920s, and the preliminary martial arts tournaments hosted in Japan by Antonio Inoki in the early 1970s.

There are several different competition techniques, including striking techniques, like kicks, punches, and knees, and grappling techniques, like pinning holds, submission holds, clinch holds, takedowns, throws and sweeps. The permissibility and legality of certain other techniques like head butts, spinal locks, and elbows vary according to the specific organization and sponsored competition. Although many critics have attempted to portray the MMA fighting style as violent and brutal, there has never been a death or crippling injury in any sanctioned MMA event in North America. The U.S. state athletic and boxing committee regulates the MMA, requiring participants and sponsors to adhere to a set of officially sanctioned rules and regulations, which include rules for knockout, submission, technical knockout, the ten point system, disqualification, and no contest. Common fouls include clawing, twisting and pinching flesh, small joint manipulation, attacking an opponent from or on the break in the care of an official, attacking the groin or trachea, fish-hooking, biting, and hair pulling, spitting, use of abusive language, and other similar acts.

The MMA continues to grow in popularity and reputation, as athletes associated with the sport have also gained reputation and renown, as well as successful careers and endorsement deals. With mainstream acceptance, worldwide acclaim, and an every growing fan base, what started as an abstract concept has become an established sport and a successful platform from which many athletic careers have been launched. The future of the MMA appears to be bright, and the popularity of the sport even more so.

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Choosing Excellent Sport Climbing Gear

Sport climbing gear can be difficult to chose, but if you follow some guidelines laid out in this article you should have a good idea of what sport climbing equipment you need to purchase and what makes it quality.

Types Of Sport Climbing Gear

The first piece of equipment you need to get is a good quality helmet. There are many manufacturers out there and while it may seem that a helmet is just a helmet this is not the case. While all sport climbing gear needs to meet certain guidelines as far as tolerance is concerned this does not mean they are all made the same. Helmets are probably the best example of this.

A decent helmet is simply required to protect your head from a certain amount of damage. Great quality helmets will not only meet this, but also provide you with a comfortable and cool protector for you head. You may also want to consider how many times your helmet can be damaged before it needs to be replaced. While there is no way to truly tell this it can be pretty obvious when you pick up a helmet that is designed to break when damaged and one that is built to last.

The next piece of rock climbing gear that you need to consider is your harness. These come in many different styles that range from simple leg loops to full body harnesses that can support many pounds in addition to your own weight. Just because a harness has a lot of options does not make it a great one. I prefer a simple and comfortable harness that has enough hooks on it to tie off most of my gear. Having used many different kinds I’ve found that simpler is better.

The next most important piece of equipment is your shoes. In many cases these will provide the majority of your push when climbing so you need something comfortable that will last and stand up to the heavy stress of climbing. You also want to get a shoe that is light and resist water or dries very quickly. There is nothing worse than wet feet on a climb.

Last piece of sport climbing gear you need to get is a good chalk bag. Make sure to get something that is light, weather proof, and that can hold enough chalk for your longest climbs. This piece of equipment is often overlooked. There you have it, a few simple rules to follow to get the right sport climbing gear.