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Patches O’Toole is an awesome up and coming brand out of the UK with sharp designs and high quality BJJ Lifestyle goods. I wanted to find out more about the brand and their owner, Aengus Ryan, so I reached out for an interview.
Aengus happily obliged and I’m going to pretend it’s because I didn’t ask the same boring interview questions. In the short interview below, I can guarantee you’ll learn something new about the man behind Patches O’Toole. Enjoy!
Recently I corresponded with Blayne Barlow, owner of Ctrl Industries, and make of one of my favorite gis, the Rook. A while back I posted a comparison photo on our Facebook page because I noticed that Ctrl and Shoyoroll were both coming out with Raiders inspired gis at the same time. I was curious as to what everybody thought about each of them and I got a really cool comment:
Brendon Barlow (awesome first name if I do say so) made a great point. While it wasn’t my intention to suggest one copied the other, it did make me realize that these two brands are absolute professionals. Lots of startup brands are rushing their concepts and design and you can definitely tell in their product (myself included).
But people like Blayne don’t.
It got me wondering exactly how long it takes for him to work on a concept and where he got his inspiration for his upcoming gi, the Journeyman.Shop for your favorite BJJ gis at MMA Warehouse
I recently had the chance to correspond with the one of the owners of Scramble, Matt Benyon (whom we also interviewed for our podcast ages ago). I asked him a few questions about one of his upcoming gis, The Yamato which is being made in Japan. Without the VAST majority of gis being made in Pakistan (including Scramble) and China, I was curious as to why Matt wanted to change it up for this release.
[UPDATE: This gi is no longer available]Find the latest Scramble gis at MMA Warehouse
Roll Jiu Jitsu is a BJJ apparel brand out of Ireland. They contacted us about doing a review and we are super glad we got our hands on their stuff. Since I recently moved to Wisconsin the delivery of sweatshirts in their care package was extremely welcome.
We got Two sweatshirts, a t-shirt, some stickers and a patch, seen below.
My favorite piece of apparel I was sent was their dark-gray crew neck sweat shirt. I have a ton of BJJ inspired hoodies so a sweatshirt was a welcome change. The first thing that pops out at you is the ROLL logo. If you’re familiar with Obey you’d recognize the style of the typography as it clearly gets its inspiration from current street wear. It’s nice seeing clean and crisp logos being used in BJJ.Great finds on Jiu Jitsu sweatshirts and more at MMA Warehouse
With a lot of places online to buy BJJ gear, it’s always cool to get to know some of the people behind the business. Recently, we had a chance to catch up with Corey from FightersSupply.com and learn a bit more about him, his company, and what they’re passionate about.
GiReviews: Tell us a bit about your background with martial arts.
Corey: I started my competitive wrestling career as a child travelling all over the youth wrestling circuit in Iowa. This sport carried me through my life for approximately 12 years helping me develop a strong work ethic, discipline, and respect which helped make me the person I am today.
Without a doubt, one of my favorite BJJ athletes is Caio Terra. I had the chance to attend one of his seminars last year and it was a total game-changer for me. Not just in what we learned, but how well he taught the techniques and how important it was that we actually learned them. If you aren’t aware of his accomplishments, just check out what Caio did in 2012 alone!
I feel very fortunate to have the chance to interview him. There’s some great insights and even some funny answers below. Make sure you check out the last question about why Caio no longer likes skittles!