Wednesday, November 2, 2011
RING TO CAGE BJJ KIMONO REVIEW - PART UNO, THE UNBOXING.
Not too long ago, I received a special little page in the mail containing my Ring to Cage Elite BJJ Kimono. As usual I ripped open the box without hesitation, pulled the gi out, and threw the box at my girlfriend. I was very very surprised at the overall quality and style of the gi. The closest thing I could compare it to is a Shoyoroll kimono, with just the right amount of finishing touches and features. The gi is a very smooth and comfortable single weave top with the best fitting pants I have ever put on. The pants have a crazy amount loops and a smooth ropestring to keep your britches up. The gi also has double stitched and reinforced seams throughout. The jacket has a flexible foam collar and the weave is soft to the touch. I can't wait to try it out and run it through the Demolisher gauntlet of tests, which could possibly be more difficult than the Super Agro Crag.
Mohsin, owner of Ring to Cage Fight Gear was nice enough to answer some questions for us and the viewing audience (that would be you). So check out what the man had to say and get yourself ready for the final review coming in the next week or two!
Our company's home is in East Rutherford NJ. We've moved out here to a much bigger warehouse to house all our products as well as have enough space for the future. We know we will be carrying a much bigger line of kimonos as well as other fight gear.
What was the inspiration behind starting your own gi company?
Our inspiration mainly comes from out competitiveness. We honestly feel that we can make the best quality products in fight gear as well as kimonos. We own our own manufacturing plants and have control over the smallest details in production. This combined with our love for the sport is our motivation to enter the gi industry
What are your future goals for the company? and where do you see yourself in 5 years?
We see ourselves sitting at the top of the mountain in 5 years or less. This is a big statement, of course, but considering the pace that we are moving at, the support of our fans and the tremendous leaps and bounds in growth that have taken place, we see no reason to believe otherwise. We will become the premier fight gear/gi line in North America as well as the rest of the world in our future. "If you're not first, you're last!"
How important is user feedback in your design/redesigns?
Paramount. We say this because we listen to every single comment made by our constituents. Granted you will always find people that will say negative things just because they want to say them but even then, we still investigate the matter and decide how to improve. Our motto is "the evolution in fight gear" and evolution cannot happen if you don't listen to what the people want. Again due to the amount of control we have over the production of our products we hear what people want fixed, improved, removed or just added and we give it a shot right away. We will revise and improved until it is evolved.
Have you trained in martial arts bjj/mma? If so please tell us a little about your own training and if/how that has helped you design your gi's.
Mohsin Mughal (President/Owner): Personally, I have experienced little training in MMA/BJJ however, I have been involved in the world of MMA through business. I have been manufacturing MMA products all my life. My grandfather started manufacturing Boxing equipment since 1932 and since then it has become the family business. As I began to take the reins of our company, I also had a fascination into the evolution of combat sports from boxing to MMA and the explosion of BJJ and hence forth have focused on producing the highest quality gear in all facets of MMA and BJJ.
Can you tell us about any innovations or special designs you are working on for future gi's/products?
We could tell you, but then we'd have to kill you… kidding of course.
We are working on a few new things to separate us from the rest of the pack. Currently we are testing out new hybrid weaves, strength testing true ripstop materials as well as experimenting with different types of fabric. We want to bring to market a standard low cost gi that is made from anti-bacterial/anti-fungal fabric because we know how important it is to stay safe on the mat. It shouldn't cost an arm and a leg (even if you're getting arm-barred or leg-locked at the time) to protect yourself on the mat while still enjoying a functional yet comfortable gi.
Stay tuned for the full an final review coming very soon!