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Biz Buzz: Hayabusa Launches Pro Training Series Line With a Portion of Proceeds Going to the Late Shawn Tompkins’ Family

With so much focus on the bad business dealings of sponsors in mixed martial arts these days, when a story emerges about the good things that a company is doing to give back to the sport we try to give it as much play as we can.

It’s no secret that Hayabusa makes some of the best fight gear in the business thanks to years of research and testing of its products by some of MMA’s top athletes. One product line that the company was missing from its offerings was a professional line of training equipment. To fill the void, Hayabusa partnered with revered Canadian MMA coach Shawn Tompkins in late 2009 to set about designing and producing a professional grade of products made specifically for trainers. When Shawn passed away suddenly last summer prior to the product launch, the owners of the company became torn about whether or not they should forge ahead with the project without “The Coach.”

With the blessing of Tompkins widow, Emilie, who urged them to put out the products whose design had become a labor of love for her late husband the past few years, Hayabusa’s brain trust finalized the design of the products and unveiled them recently.

“We were devastated by Shawn’s passing, and we lost a partner, and a dear friend,” said Hayabusa co-founder Craig Clement. “We were very conflicted over how to handle the release of the line and considered possibly scrapping it altogether, but we spoke to Shawn’s wife Emilie, and she encouraged us press forward and release this line of gear designed by and now dedicated to ‘The Coach.’”

Besides the innovative design features like anti-slip microfibre inserts and proprietary manufactured hybrid foams to absorb the rigors of multiple training sessions, what truly sets the line apart is the fact that a portion of the proceeds of each and every sale of all of the products in the Hayabusa Pro Training Series line is going to go to the Tompkins family as a memorial to Shawn’s contribution to creating them.

“We offer our deepest condolences to Emilie, the Tompkins family, the members of Team Tompkins and all those in the MMA community who had the pleasure to know Shawn,” said Clement, “We are proud of the designs and we know that Shawn was as well. He worked with us on every facet of the design from prototype to the final products. We hope that the Pro Training Series line will honor his memory.”

You can purchase the affordable and ultra-durable line through select online realtors and retail locations that carry Hayabusa gear, including Alternatively, you can donate to the Shawn Tompkins Memorial Fund by emailing

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XENOPHON- February 1, 2012 at 10:27 am
How come there is no Free Contest for one of these units? CP got no juice or what? Actually, you need better contests.
As a side note, my Poll action is not working, it won't vote or redirect to the results. Running Firefox 9.0.1
raizor- February 1, 2012 at 3:39 am
$734.45!! I'll make do with a pillow shoved in my t-shirt...
mikelphone- January 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm
if it was in Canadian Currency, Because I'm from the North.
LukeTheDuke- January 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm
I would coach my ass off with that gear. That's probably a solid 800 dollars of pads right there.
TellaTruth- January 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm
checking prices is right now. been waiting to buy a padded vest. Sounds like this is the right time now.
fatbellyfrank- January 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm
@bootystar, I'm amazed at some of the suits that you see leaving the "done clinic in my home town, and as for alkies in senior management positions, to many to count in my time.
That being said I applaud Hayabusa here for their actions, and let Shawn RIP
bootystar- January 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm
I haven't said other than here, but I know for fact that one of the high brow professionals in my life is using Oke, I can tell by the way his mouth grinds. & I don't think anyone knows cuz he's getting a job promotion