|Macho Products' Continued Push for Safety Standards Results in Creation of Special Committee to the ASTM|
Macho Products, innovator and leading manufacturer of protective martial arts sparring gear, today announced that the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) has passed a standard specification for protective headgear used in martial arts (Designation F-2397-04). The new ASTM standard is a result of a long-term strategy by Macho Products to standardize the minimum safety requirements followed by all manufacturers of martial arts headgear. Macho's 25-year dedication to safety in martial arts culminated with the recruitment of fellow professionals and industry leaders to participate on a special Martial Arts Headgear Committee dedicated to establishing ASTM safety standards on the unique equipment demands and potential injuries particular to martial artists sparring. The approval of the testing methodology for manufacturing safety standards establishes the first such standard of any kind for the martial arts industry, and sets the stage for better regulation of other protective sparring gear.
To support the headgear committee's efforts to standardize martial arts headgear, Macho funded the necessary testing, equipment and research that went into designing the newly approved ASTM testing methodology. Macho enlisted, Dr. Dennis Lieu, Martial Artist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley, to design and regulate the testing. Given Dr. Lieu's expertise and dedication to creating a safer environment for martial artists, the ASTM also asked Lieu to chair the Martial Arts Headgear Committee. "The new testing apparatus utilizes a swinging aluminum arm to simulate the force of a martial arts kick, and upon impact, measures the acceleration forces absorbed by the headgear," says Lieu.
Macho and Dr. Lieu used the new apparatus while testing Macho's newest product line, the Macho XP, against other headgear on the market. "The results clearly show Macho's impact on martial arts safety. Not only did the same headgear we tested in past years show an improved level of protection, but the headgear as a group were more closely matched in quality. While Macho still ranked as a clear winner for impact dispersion, the rest of the headgear tested had clearly followed Macho's lead on safety improvements, many copying patented features, such as the ear release canal, have now become 'standard,'" concludes Lieu.
Recognizing the importance of this announcement by the ASTM, Macho has set up an on-site testing lab based on the newly approved ASTM standards in its Sebastian, Florida headquarters. Amir Shadab, CEO of Macho Products says, "now that we have reached this milestone in our history, we want to be sure that each and every product we make consistently meets the ASTM criteria for safety. By setting up our own testing lab, we can regularly test our gear, and those of our competitors. Our commitment is to all martial artists, from the beginner to the world champion - and it demands we stay in the lead. Much of our gear exceeds the standard, and we want to make sure that we continue to set the standard for the industry to follow."
Additional information about the testing methodology is available at http://www.macho.com.
Macho Products was established in 1980 by 8th Degree Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster, Soo Se Cho, to design and manufacture top quality protective martial arts sparring gear. As the industry's most recognized brand, Macho maintains a leadership role in the development of innovative products by establishing high standards for safety, quality, and impact testing. Created "by martial artists, for martial artists," Macho uses feedback from customers, school owners, organizations and national champions to elevate sparring gear design, quality, and use, for an unmatched level of blunt trauma protection. For more information about Macho Products, call 800-327-6812: International +1-772-388-9892, or visit http://www.macho.com. Macho is an ISO 9001:2000 Company.