You guys paired up with a couple amazing organizations that donate gis to people in need. Jammin' BJJ was able to put those gis to great use. The gi project has also been able to make great use of them. Can you tell me how that all came about? What was the process like?
SFC: As a Jiu Jitsu company that is involved with the BJJ community I believe it is very important for us to give back to the same community that has helped us stay in business for so many years. We just posted a question on our Facebook page asking for our customers suggestions of any Jiu Jitsu related charity they would recommend. A lot of good BJJ charities were suggested but what caught our attention the most was The Gi Project. It was started by an 8 year old girl named Valencia, as a home school project. The whole concept behind it was amazing. Her story even caught the attention of a couple New York news stations that followed her story as it progressed. After we donated 100 new Submission Gis to her charity organization the same New York news channel featured her story I believe a couple more times.
After the word got out that we just donated 100 brand new Submission Gis to this charity, we got a lot more requests and although we'd love to be able to donate BJJ gis to them all, this was not possible. I was talking to Kris Shaw, owner of BJJ Legends Magazine, and she had suggested to me to talk to Elena Stowell of Jammin BJJ. After talking to Elena about her charity organization I was intrigued and knew that I had to help out in some way. I ended up donating another 100 new Submission Gis to her cause as well.
Had you heard about Jammin' BJJ or The Gi Project before you donated?
SFC: I hadn't really heard of them before and that's probably because they are not getting all the publicity they deserve. I think it's a shame that a lot of us Jiu Jitsu guys end up throwing away our old gis when we have the opportunity to donate them to someone else out there who can still make good use of them. Charity organizations like Jammin BJJ, The Gi Project and others should be getting more publicity to get more BJJ practitioners in the habit of donating their BJJ gis instead of throwing them away.
Would you recommend them to other people to donate their old gis?
So with the old stock gone, what can you tell me about the new gi that you have coming out?
SFC: What makes the Bamboo Frenzy unique is that it is much softer and more comfortable than any other BJJ gi I have ever felt. Our Sensation Gi has always gotten praises about how soft it is but the Bamboo Frenzy blows the Sensation Gi out of the water when it comes to softness and comfort. The Bamboo Frenzy is just amazingly soft & comfortable. It’s my favorite Gi!
I know you guys had some trouble with the manufacturers, do you think submission will ever go with a hemp gi in the future?
SFC: Yes, I am so relieved to have cut off all ties with my old manufacturer. They were a nightmare to deal with and screwed us over in so many ways. They even tried infringing on our trademark/copyright by offering to sell Submission branded gis to the public without our consent. But I am happy to say I have locked in a great new manufacturer that has some new Submission Gis in production right now.
A hemp gi in the near future is not likely for Submission Fight Co. but could be a possibility in the more distant future.
SFC: What you saw was just a design concept we were working on. Our ranked rash guards are still in R&D stage, so nothing is set yet. We are looking to have these made in Recycled Polyester material to help it be more eco-friendly and better for the environment. These will be the first ranked rash guards made from recycled materials. We’ve talked to a couple factories in China and 1 here in California and so far it looks like chances are these will be made right here in the USA.