Hayabusa Fightwear Inc.

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Hayabusa Fightwear Inc.
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ISIN🆔
IndustrySporting goods
Founded 📆2006; 17 years ago (2006)
Founders 👔
  • Craig Clement
  • Ken Clement
  • Luke Harris
  • David Zikakis
Headquarters 🏙️,
Kingston, Ontario
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Canada
Area served 🗺️
Worldwide
Members
Number of employees
🌐 Websitewww.hayabusafight.com
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Hayabusa Fightwear Inc. is a fitness combat lifestyle company headquartered in Kingston, ON, Canada. The company, formed in 2006, specializes in equipment and apparel related to fitness, boxing, and martial arts, for example Boxing Gloves, Jiu Jitsu Gis, rash guards (compression shirts, shorts, and spats), and fight shorts. The company's equipment is sold worldwide.

History[edit]

The company was founded by brothers Craig and Ken Clement[1] and partners Luke Harris and David Zikakis[2]. Hayabusa, pronounced hi-ya-boo-sa, is a Japanese word for Peregrine Falcon. The inspiration for the company came while Harris, a former professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, was in Japan[3] where he trained for several months. He was impressed with the gear used in Japan and when he returned to Canada, wanted to help bring that same quality to North America.

Equipment and Apparel[edit]

Hayabusa has participated in studies conducted at the University of Waterloo and the University of Cincinnati, which has influenced everything from the outer shell to foam padding used in their gloves. That data combined with user feedback is used to conceive, develop and produce equipment.

The company’s initial offering was a performance compression short for athletes to wear underneath fight shorts. The company's offerings have since expanded to include: Muay Thai and fight shorts, boxing gloves, MMA gloves, hybrid gloves, hand wraps, focus mitts, Thai Pads, kick shields, belly pads, body protectors, speed bags, heavy bags, head gear, shin guards, ankle supports, Jiu Jitsu gis, rash guards, compression, casual shirts and gear bags.

Collaborations[edit]

Hayabusa and Georges St-Pierre, a UFC multiple division champion, struck a sponsorship deal in 2012. St-Pierre has served as a spokesperson for the company since.

In August 2015, Hayabusa became the official competition glove of Glory Kickboxing[4]. That three-year deal ended in 2018.

In February 2019, Marvel and Hayabusa launched the Marvel Hero Elite Boxing Gloves series[5]. The collaboration [6] showcased boxing gloves inspired by Marvel characters Black Panther, Captain America, Captain Marvel[7], Iron Man and The Punisher. The Marvel Hero Elite gloves are built using the structure of Hayabusa's T3 Boxing Gloves[8] and incorporates the use of the dual closure and splinting system. The combination allows the gloves to be used for full boxing workouts and sparring.

The collaboration also featured a gi and rash guards based on The Punisher.

Hayabusa has published multiple video series projects with athletes in a number of disciplines. Carlos Machado, a 9th-degree black belt, offered his experience for a Jiu-Jitsu specific series, while Gabriel Varga (kick boxing) and Neil Melanson (grappling) have also produced content for the company.

Recognition[edit]

In April 2019, Men's Health Magazine selected Hayabusa as the winner of the Men's Health 2019 Fitness Award[9] in the boxing glove category. That selection was made by the publication's editors. The company was named Small Business of the Year in 2012[10] by the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce. Hayabusa has received several nominations for Equipment Brand of the Year by the World MMA Awards, winning the category In 2017. In 2018, the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada[11] recognized Hayabusa as a leader in the industry.

References[edit]

  1. "Kingston combat fitness gear company Hayabusa is working with Disney's Marvel Comics | Watch News Videos Online". Global News. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  2. February 1, Peter Hendra Published on:; February 1, 2013 | Last Updated:; Est, 2013 5:00 Pm (2013-02-01). "MMA gear maker hits the big time". The Kingston Whig-Standard. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  3. Press, Neil Davidson, The Canadian (2012-02-10). "Edmonton's Luke Harris balances fighting career, clothing line and gym". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  4. "Glory announces Hayabusa as official glove provider". MMA News. Fight Results. Videos. Interviews. 2015-06-25. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  5. "Marvel boxing gloves let you train like superhero". Toronto Star. 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  6. "Work Out Like Cap With Hayabusa's New Marvel Line". Geek.com. 2019-02-21. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  7. "REVIEW: Hayabusa's New Boxing Gloves Are a MARVELous Way to Start Your Superhero Training". The Marvel Report. 2019-03-06. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  8. Stattmann, Dean. "George Foreman III's Go-To Gear In and Out of the Ring". AskMen. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  9. Health, The Editors at Men's (2019-04-23). "The Men's Health 2019 Fitness Awards". Men's Health. Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  10. February 1, Peter Hendra Published on:; February 1, 2013 | Last Updated:; Est, 2013 5:00 Pm (2013-02-01). "MMA gear maker hits the big time". The Kingston Whig-Standard. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  11. Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (2018-10-11), Importance of Intellectual Property at Hayabusa, retrieved 2019-03-04

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