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The Ringstar Story

Steve Shepherd As a world-class kickboxer, Steve Shepherd often lamented the inadequacies of the then available martial arts protective equipment. Commiserating with fellow competitors and MA training partners and , more specifically, listening to their complaints about footpads -- No soles and the tendency to slip, obvious hygiene issues and pads CONSTANTLY TWISTING ON FEET WHEN KICKING -- Shepherd knew there had to be a better way.

It was in the mid-90's that the concept of Ringstar® was first conceived. Incorporating up-to-date technology and an ability to "think outside the box" Shepherd became obsessed with the design and development of a shoe that would limit the incidence of training injuries, most notably broken toes and battered in-steps.

Though he had never been involved in equipment design or development, Steve's decades of experience in all phases of martial arts prompted his passionate pursuit of the Ringstar® Advantage line of products. Working from a "clean sheet", he enlisted a local cobbler to convert his concepts from paper to actual shoes. Over the next several years, MA enthusiasts and gyms as well as elite competitors served as Rinstar®'s laboratory and development technicians.

Based on feedback and suggestive input regarding each developmental version of Ringstar® shoes, Ringstar® evolved in terms of...padding placement and density, sole composition, flexibility, weight of shoe and even the appearance there-of.

For the last seven years, Steve has taken the Ringstar® show on the road. Driving at first to local gyms and schools (selling literally out of his trunk) and then to tournaments and events, the awareness and acceptance of Ringstar® continued to grow. In 2002, a 10 round fight in Atlantic City, between Don "the Dragon" Wilson and Eddie Butcher marked the first-ever sanctioning by a governing body (ISKA) of a martial arts shoe.

The current Ringstar MA shoe line-up consists of:

  • SUPERMAXX All-Purpose Sparring Shoe
  • FLEXX Pro Trainer Martial Arts Training Shoe
  • TRIPLE S "SSS" Sparring Safety Shoe
  • TRIPLE S-C "SSSC" Children's Sparring Safety Shoe
  • and the MAXX LITE Kick with the Speed of LITE!

Not content to rest on his laurels, Shepherd has more recently developed a complimentary Ringstar Advantage line of Handwraps, Supershins and Shin-Instep-Toes. Much like the impetus for development of the Ringstar shoe line, Shepherd realized the opportunity to significantly improve the outdated wraps and shin protectors then available. The patent-pending handwrap affords the wearer the install in a fraction of the time, a 100% correct install/alignment and increased protection.

Steve Shepherd Not content to rest on his laurels, Shepherd has more recently developed a complimentary Ringstar Advantage line of Handwraps, Supershins and Shin-Instep-Toes. Much like the impetus for development of the Ringstar shoe line, Shepherd realized the opportunity to significantly improve the outdated wraps and shin protectors then available. The patent-pending handwrap affords the wearer the install in a fraction of the time, a 100% correct install/alignment and increased protection.

The Supershins™ and Shin-instep-Toes offer the most protection of any MA shin protection available while still being light and stable. The patent-pending toepad of the Shoe-instep finally offers toe protection for the taikwondo and MMA participants.

Today's success of Ringstar® is the culmination of one man's unfaltering determination to "raise the bar" in terms of MA safety and equipment much as he's done for 20+ years as a world-champion kickboxer, promoter, manager, school owner and, now, product designer. The time is now for this visionary to convert his original ideas to products representing a level of of unparalleled Safety and Performance never offered by any competive MA equipment maker.

The Ringstar® Credo

Ringstar® is dedicated to the development, production and distribution of superior state-of-the-art martial arts, sport karate and boxing products. Our products are quality and safety-tested to insure that the purists in these disciplines are always protected and satisfied.

As the patent holders of the only approved shoes for full contact sport karate, we hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards.

The high standards that we set for ourselves are always adhered to with regard to our product development due to our respect for, and feedback from, those who choose to buy only the best and place their trust in us.

We are in business, not just for our customers, but because of them.

At Ringstar®, we will safeguard the trust of our customers by continuing to develop new and improved ways to "re-invent the wheel." We are the leaders of the industry metamorphosis, demonstrated by the products we produce, the professionalism and integrity we practice and a level of unprecedented attention to safety we demand.

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"Koch Martial Arts's customer service is beyond professional.  Dealing with them is like dealing with not only a professional company, but a best friend at the same time.  I am happy with the products I ordered and wish to order from them again in the future."

Derek Liston
University Student
Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing
Brockville, Ontario, Canada

"I am very impressed with the genuine customer service that Randall Koch provides through his company. I am currently stationed overseas, and he made the process of shipping internationally and using the online live support from over here far easier than I have experienced elsewhere. The prices are great and I am happy to be a repeat customer! I recommend Koch Martial Arts to anyone."

Jenna Williams
Navelsg Forward
Headquarters Company

"Hi there! I have bought items from Koch martial arts and always have been nice and easy (you have to consider I live in Argentina,…, yes…, down there!!!!) . Randall, well……, he is one-of-a-kind person!, all your doubts will be answered and, in my case, always he and the people from koch martial arts have fulfilled my expectations. I strongly recommend this site as a very, very VERY good place to buy (and , between us, very good prices too, jeje!) Thumbs up, Randall and thank you for all your help! "

Nestor Medina
Cordoba, Argentina

"Just want to thank you for your good service. We have been purchasing martial arts gear, uniforms and weapons for the past 10 years for our sons from various martial arts businesses both online and in stores. Your prices are excellent and the Action Flex Escrima was received in good condition. Hope to do more business with you in the future."

Greg Smith
Cathy Won-Smith
Hayward, California

"Firstly congratulations for running such a smooth and professional operation. The site was very easy to find, is well put together, with accurate descriptions, good pictures. Prompt reply to emails and excellent communication all round. The products arrived promptly, atg the door, with minimum fuss. They are of high quality and exactly what I expected. Pricing was highly competitive. With the international delivery still cheaper than buying locally. Thank you for a great service."

Dr. Amir Nekoee
Bodybuilding and Martial Arts enthusiast
Melbourne, Australia

"Randall Koch from Koch Marital Arts and Fitness is a man of integrity and runs a very professional company. My experience with Randall has been amazing; the customer service provided to me was outstanding. He goes above and beyond your expectations. I would recommend them to anyone and I would order from them again. They have been by far the best company I have ordered from."

Tina Pac
HR Administrator
Cardio Kickboxing
Kensington, Connecticut

"I have ordered numerous times from Koch Martial Arts and EVERY TIME, I receive a GREAT TRANSACTION!! The product is ALWAYS Perfect and the Service is SECOND TO NONE!! Being in the Customer Service Industry, I ONLY give repeat business to companies who go ABOVE AND BEYOND and at Koch Martial Arts, that's what I've come to expect EVERY TIME!!

They are always quick to respond to emails and Shipping to Canada is AMAZINGLY FAST!!

I will continue to purchase all of my Bodybuilding clothing and accessories from Koch, why look ELSEWHERE when I've found THE BEST!!!"

Bobby Weir
Amateur Bodybuilder
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

"Doing business with you has been good & professional! Keep up the good service, it's hard to come by."

Dyana Alexander
Winter Park, Florida

I received it (Everlast® Pro Sparring Safety Cage Headgear) yesterday and it's in really good condition! It's a good decision to buy from you because of the lower prices and I'll inform others to visit your store. I wish you the best and thanks again!"

Jeric Tamayo
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

"I have asked Randell Koch so many questions using emails and online Live Support and always received answers to every inquiry.,From right size of headgear to proper fit of Ringstar shoes.And I have to say because of the great customer service, every Item I've purchased has fit perfectly .Always shipped as promised. Professional Service like this is hard to find. .and price of merchandise can't be beat. Thank you."

Atlanta, Georgia

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