This was one of the biggest yet and one busy trade show floor. It was put on by MAIA (the Martial Arts Industry Association) and Century (The largest martial arts supplier in the world) and is the biggest event in our industry by far.
Just to give you an idea of what a trip like this looks like for us, we arrived in Vegas Saturday evening, with seminars starting at 9am Sunday. From 9:00-6:00pm we where in day one of the “Elite” seminar with another 50+ of the top schools in North America.
This was followed by the MAIA VIP reception where we where quite spoiled with some amazing food, drinks and networking with some of the best in our industry.
Day 2 was another day of seminars with the MAIA Elite group, followed by the opening ceremonies for the SuperShow. This year the super show featured some arial acrobatics, martial arts demonstrations, and keynote speaker Walter Bond, but the show was stolen once again by Master Ken of the youtube series “Enter the Dojo”.
Day 3 was the first day of the trade show where we went from a little over 100 people in the Elite seminars to over 2000 for the main trade show, followed by the Century VIP party, where we once again where awarded the “Mark of Excellence” Award from Century CEO and founder Mike Dillard and President Paul Webb. We where the only school in Canada to receive this award, and one of about 50 worldwide. We where honoured to be in such a small event with living legends like Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Ernie Reyes Sr & Jr, Stephen Hayes, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, guys I grew up seeing in movies and magazine covers as well as modern greats and industry top brass.
Day 4 was more trade show and a little quieter, as by this time everyone was exhausted by this time. We followed it up with “Cirque de Soleil: Ka, which was incredible and headed home first thing the next morning.
We learnt lots, met lots of new friends and had a great time, but are happy to be back 🙂
Anyways, we feel like celebrating!
So we are running a little post SuperShow special, just click here! It’s good for 4-weeks for $47. This will only be up for a few days though, so make sure to jump on it quickly, and as a added bonus the first 5-people to sign up will get a $50 credit to our pro-shop!