Hello Panda Nation,
It’s been a while since you heard from us, but it’s been PANDAmonium at Inverted Gear HQ! Here’s a nice big update for all our loyal pandas out there.
Panda Nation Athletes at the PANDAmerican Jiu Jitsu Championship!
To recap some of the things our awesome athletes have been doing, we’re happy to say that two of our sponsored athletes placed at the Pan American Jiu Jitsu Championships! Megan Nevill of the Gracie Elite Team placed second in women’s adult black belt middleweight, and Rachel Demara of the Big Brothers Academy took third place in women’s adult black belt medium-heavy. Good job ladies!
Also, we’re happy to introduce John “The Show” Cho to Team Panda. John is a black belt under Fabio Clemente at the Alliance Academy in New York City. John recently competed in the Abu Dhabi Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship after winning the Trials in New York. Check out and "like" his athlete page on Facebook here to see what he’s up to by clicking here.
John Cho wearing our new gold weave gi- details below!
New and Upcoming Releases
We have had a ton of new releases lately. While we’re keeping our traditional Inverted Gear pearl weave gis in stock, we’ve introduced a lightweight gold weave, which features a 350 GSM top combined with 12oz ripstop pants and gold weave crotch. This is a great gi if you’re trying to make weight; great timing with Worlds right around the corner!
For those who dare to be different, we spiced our normal panda by putting a fun, camouflage twist on it with our newest rashguard. It is the same cut as our other rashguards; it’s still cut long enough so that it won’t ride up on you during rolling. Guaranteed to BAMBOOzle your training partners! (see what we did there?)
Our camo rashguard made it to the top of the Rocky steps!
As the warm weather approaches, we are releasing our new line of Inverted Gear tank tops. We made sure to do male and female cuts so no panda gets left behind! They should be up in the shop in the next week, so keep your eyes peeled and your wallets ready. In June, we should have our first batch shipment of another new gi; the PandaCS gi. CS stands for “crowd sourcing” as we took Panda Nation’s input in to account for the color scheme to make this gi unbleached with purple stitching. To add even more excitement to this release, it will be a bamboo/cotton blend, making this gi extremely soft but still durable. This project combines the traditional Inverted Gear gi design with the embroidered panda while moving forward with new materials and colors. But don’t worry, we’ll always have the original Inverted Gear gis in stock if that’s your style!
Keep your eyes peeled for interviews with some of our sponsored Pandas; we will be speaking with John Cho so you can learn more about this new Alliance black belt and keep your eye on him. And as always, thank you to our loyal fans; we were at the New York Open this year and were humbled to see our brand of only two years represented so well on the mats. Until next time!