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WHY CENTURY

Trusted World Leader Since 1976 
Owned And Operated By Martial Artists 
One-Stop-Shopping
European Customer Service - Your Opinion Matters
On-Site Research And Development Team 
Partnership With MAIA
Sponsor Of The Martial Arts SuperShow 
Partnerships With Industry Leaders 
Your Wholesale Program
Tons Of Customization Options 


TRUSTED WORLD LEADER SINCE 1976
    
Century was founded in 1976. Although we were on the small side then – just one man working out of his garage – we’ve since grown into the worldwide leader in martial arts equipment. Along the way, Century has been responsible for some major innovations within the industry.

We were one of the first martial arts companies to create a website, allowing our customers to easily place orders and access digital resources. Century has also designed some of the best known and most iconic pieces of martial arts gear, like the Wavemaster®, the original freestanding training bag, and the BOB® body opponent bag. BOB® bags frequently pop up in TV shows and movies, including ‘The Office,’ ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Justified,’ ‘Horrible Bosses,’ ‘Parks and Rec,’ ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,’ and ‘Elementary,’ "Law & Order: SVU", "Cobra Kai" to name just a few!

In 1995, Century revolutionized the martial arts and fitness world, by introducing the Original Wavemaster as the world's first freestanding training bag, heralding a whole new era of training products for the home and martial arts schools/gyms. Innovators lead - the rest fall in line.

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OWNED AND OPERATED BY MARTIAL ARTISTS
One of the reasons why Century is so passionate about what we do is that many of our employees are themselves martial artists. Our founder, Mike Dillard, won two Karate National Championships during his time as a competitor. Some Century employees own or instruct at martial arts schools, or spend their after-work hours and weekends competing and training.

In 2005, Century took its employee involvement with martial arts a step further and converted two rooms in the company headquarters into training studios. Employees in the Century Martial Arts Club can take martial arts classes during lunch or after work, and, with certified instructors, actually advance and gain belt ranks.

This is especially significant to us, as Century makes most of the belts we sell on-site, in our Oklahoma City headquarters. Because we train, we understand what it means to earn a belt. We put the same pride and commitment into making them as you do wearing them.


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BONUS: Most of the time, when Century releases a new product, whether it’s headgear, Thai pads or a training bag, before it goes onto the market, a prototype is tested by the Century Martial Arts Club. The new equipment takes quite a beating! If anyone notices any problems, the product goes back to the drawing board. Then when a new prototype is ready, it gets pummeled again. The process ensures that our products are martial artist tested and approved. Product development and improvement is never really complete because Century works with its customers to further develop products.

Century Martial Arts is committed to discuss product enhancements with customers and takes their feedback very seriously, Century Martial Arts has created various channels to communicate with customers about this, such as direct customer service and various social media groups, where customers can share their product experience.

As the European division of Century Martial Arts, we want to bring this spirit to Europe and involve customers in product development and martial arts ideas.

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ONE-STOP-SHOPPING
No matter your martial art, whether you’re a black belt instructor, a first time student, or a fitness enthusiast looking for equipment to put in your home gym, Century has what you need. We have over 11,000 unique SKUs – you can find products from kettlebells to Kamas!

As the European representative of Century Martial Arts, it is our goal to make the entire product range, which Century Martial Arts is constantly developing, available to every customer in Europe through our online shop. Of course we have to consider the legal framework in Europe and therefore we cannot offer every product (e.g. Nunchaku). If you as an online shop visitor can't find a product on our site, but you can find it on the Century Martial Arts site of our American colleagues, we will be happy to help you, to get this product for you. Please feel free to contact our customer service.

Plus, Century has many great customization options for both schools and individuals. Need your school’s logo on several dozen bags? No problem! Custom stripe colors on your belt? Sure! A belt display with your child’s name engraved on it? We can do that! We price competitively, so you know you’re getting quality gear at a good price.

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EUROPEAN CUSTOMER SERVICE - YOUR OPINION MATTERS
Century Martial Arts Europe is committed to provide all European customers with the same level of customer service as our colleagues in the USA already do. For this purpose we are constantly expanding our communication channels and our customer service team.

 
Here you have the opportunity to read about other customer experiences about us or write your own review.      
 
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ON-SITE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Unlike some other companies that simply reuse old designs or resell imported inventory, Century has its own Research and Development team. Our R&D team work at the company headquarters, brainstorming and designing new products. Thanks to them, Century has stayed on the cutting edge of martial arts gear, with major innovations like the original freestanding Wavemaster® bag, BOB® body opponent bag, and the Versys™ line of fight simulators.

Check out more of Century's innovations 

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PARTNERSHIP WITH MAIA (Martial Arts Industry Association)  


         
In 2001, Century created the Martial Arts Industry Association, or MAIA, in order to help grow schools and promote martial arts. Our company founder, Mike Dillard, believed that martial arts could change lives and communities for the better. He made it a priority to found MAIA, an organization that helps to spread martial arts by supporting the schools that teach them.

MAIA consultants act as business and legal advisors for member schools, and the website provides other resources including lesson plans for classes, and community resources. Century and MAIA cohost the annual Martial Arts SuperShow, the industry’s largest trade show and learning event.

Century Martial Arts Europe is the official representative and partner for MAIA in Europe. If you are running a martial arts school or are thinking about starting your own business with martial arts, or if you would like to train for a club, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about MAIA offers from the USA.

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SPONSOR OF THE MARTIAL ARTS SUPERSHOW
          
The Martial Arts SuperShow, sponsored and cohosted by Century Martial Arts and MAIA, is held once a year and is the largest industry event. Thousands of school owners and instructors have attended the trade show and business seminars at the SuperShow, and successfully used what they learned there to improve their schools.

At the SuperShow, alongside business big-names you’ll find martial arts legends, like Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Ricardo Liborio, Ernie Reyes Sr. and Jr., and so many more. Physical training seminars give attendees the chance to train alongside their martial arts heroes.

If you are interested in attending the Martial Arts SuperShow in Las Vegas, we will be happy to help you and look forward to meeting you in the USA at the Martial Arts SuperShow. In August 2018 the first official "Martial Arts SuperShow Europe" took place in the Westfalenhalle under the direction of Century Martial Arts Europe Managing Director, Markus Liedtke.

Learn more about the Martial Arts SuperShow

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PARTNERSHIPS WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS
If you’ve watched UFC fights, chances are you’re already familiar with Century products. In 2006, Century partnered with the UFC® and became their producer of branded fight gear—including the official gloves worn in the Octagon®.

Century teamed up with MMA coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn to work on product testing and innovation. Their fighters test Century products and give us even more, outside feedback. Three years later, we approached Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend and American Top Team cofounder Ricardo Liborio about a collaborative venture. Century became his official equipment and apparel provider, and we worked closely with him to design and create the ’96 Especial Gi, named in honor of his 1996 victory in the IBJJF Championships.

In 2015 we partnered with Team Paul Mitchell, the longest-running sport karate team consisting of the highest level athletes from all over the world.

Over the years Century has also worked with TapouT®, Adidas®, PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) America, and the IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation), as well as dozens of individual martial artists.

We enjoy getting to work with the broad array of talented individuals. At Century, we’re committed to promoting martial arts and one of the best ways we can do that is through collaboration with the coaches, competitors, and other individuals who are making a difference in the martial arts community.

Century Martial Arts Europe is also strengthening its cooperation with European martial artists, professional athletes and young talents that we want to promote together with Century. With some selected European martial artists we run our affiliate program.

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YOUR WHOLESALE PROGRAM
The more you spend, the more you save!
We are pleased to offer you wholesale prices for more than 10,000 products without minimum order size. Furthermore you can save even more with volume discounts! In addition to your discounted wholesale prices you will receive a percentage discount, based on your annual orders in our shop. From 5000€ net, the value is 5% (see Wholesale Program)

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TONS OF CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS

School owners will want to take advantage of all the great custom options Century offers on many of our products. We can engrave, embroider or screen print everything from uniforms and sparring gear, to backpacks, display cases, T-shirts and more! Selling custom products can provide big benefits to your school – establishing a strong brand helps you stand out and make you a recognizable marketing presence. We’ll even work with you to create a logo if you don’t already have one! With sublimation printing, screen printing, engraving and embroidery customization options, you can ensure that your school’s logo and colors are prominently displayed anywhere you or your students go.

If you have specific questions, please contact our Century Europe Graphic Designer, to learn more about the customisation graphic service:

Century Martial Arts Europe Graphic Design
Christian Schick
Phone: +49 231 / 249453 89
E-mail:  cs (at) century-europe.eu
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WE ARE MARTIAL ARTS:

Martial Arts Histrory: Founded in 1976 by national martial arts champion Michael Dillard, Century began as a one-man operation. His parents garage was the manufacturing shop. His van was his showroom. He traveled all across the country competing on the mat in tournaments and selling uniforms from his van in the parking lot. If he sold enough uniforms to afford it, he stayed in a motel. If not, he slept in his van. There were many years of struggles. But that did not deter Mr. Dillard. Having earned black belts in many styles over the years, he knew that success requires dedication and hard work.

Forty-two years later, with the guiding principles of exhaustive research, state-of-the-art product development, the highest level of quality assurance, speedy delivery and friendly customer service Century has grown to become the world’s largest supplier of martial arts equipment. Martial arts entrepreneurship!

Over the years our products have been used and endorsed by greats like Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace, Herb Perez, Mike Swain, Ernie Reyes, Ricardo Liborio and many more too numerous to mention. But the real heroes of our story is you – whether you are a school owner, an instructor, or a student just beginning your martial arts journey, it is our greatest honor to serve you.

At Century, we believe martial arts can change lives. And we don’t just talk the talk – we walk the walk. All Century employees have the opportunity to take free martial arts lessons at the company’s two on-site training studios. Classes include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, jeet kune do, karate, taekwondo and kung fu, as well as Cage Fitness and yoga. Our passion for the martial arts is stronger than ever. We know that martial arts profoundly change’s lives, and our lives revolve around our commitment to the martial arts. We are a company made up of martial artists, led by martial artists,designing and manufacturing gear for martial artists.

We also try and make sure our customers get the best possible martial arts experience. We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we’re constantly innovating to come up with even more fun, unique, practical and useful products. Century is your one-stop shop for everything martial arts, whether you need boxing or kickboxing gloves, a uniform or gi, or sport karate weapons – we have what you need for the style you are interested in. We even offer tactical and home protection self-defense gear! We offer a huge selection of quality martial arts supplies, such as martial arts uniforms and belts which are made right here in our factory! The original Wavemaster® freestanding bags, fitness gear, sparring equipment, and much more. Century has made history with the first and still best selling freestaning bag with human body shape - the BOB, which became an icon and has created a lot of "children" in his own life time, like BOB XL, VS.BOB, Bobby Bully and more. That is the reason, why this outstanding MADE IN USA product is a well-knwon extra in Hollywood movie and TV series productions.

In 2019 the owner and executive team at CENTURY made a team with longterm partner Markus Liedtke from Germany and established the CENTURY Martial Arts Europe GmbH, based in Dortmund, Germany. With the central european warehouse and logistic expierence at Dortmund headquarter, we will be able to serve and help european martial artists, trainers, clubs, dojos and all martial arts functional fitness related customers, with Century outstanding items and latest innovations.

Whether you’re an instructor, school owner, new student, or just an enthusiast of the martial arts, Century has what you need to get the most out of your training. Century’s martial arts catalog has a wide selection of bo staffs, mats, patches, belt displays and more. Gain a competitive advantage and advance yourself as a martial artist by choosing the best training gear from Century Martial Arts. Century has a long list of brand partnerships, like GAMENESS, PUNOK or BLACK BELT Magazine and collaboration with Team PAUL MITCHELL Karate or Rock Steady Boxing and is creating special products for them. This will be a task for CENTURY in Europe and we are happy to form new european partnerships with you all!

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