Martial Artists at the University of Tennessee
"We have been using the Ringstar shoes for about 6 weeks now and we
absolutely love them. The more you wear them the softer and more
comfortable they become. They are the only shoe that I recommend to my
students because of the quality of construction and the degree of
protection provided to the foot for Martial Artists who spend long hours
in the Dojo training. The shoes seem to be gaining in popularity here at
UT and I foresee more orders in the future."
Master Lance England (Back Row - 2nd from left)
University of Tennessee
6th Degree Black Belt, Isshin-Ryu Karate
Degree Black Belt, Satori-Ryu Iaido
3rd Degree Black Belt, Muso-Shindo
Mbr., Board of Directors, USIKA
Ringstar® and Steve Shepherd have developed a product line of training
equipment that, at last, takes advantage of many of the new technologies
available today. As a physician and a fight fan I can only say ...
Ringstar® is long overdue."
Allan N. Fields, M.D.
Renowned Ringside Physician
Chair of American Association of Ringside Physicians
"As a young boy and fighter I had heard countless stories about Steve
Shepherd, especially his toughness and speed. When he first approached me
about the advantages of Ringstar® I have to say I had my doubts. Well, not
only has training with Ringstar® equipment reduced my annoying injuries...
Ringstar® shoes have made me a better and more affective competitor."
NASKA Sparring Champion
"The Ringstar line of products are LONG overdue! Steve Shepherd has
moved Martial Arts training and competition to the next level. I train two
of the world's best fighters, Peyton "The Artist" Russell and Stephen
"Wonderboy" Thompson and they DO NOT train without Maxx Ringstar
shoes on their feet and Advantage Handwraps on their hands. They sing the
Ringstar praises every time they train. Thanks Steve, now I don't have to
listen to them whine about their feet and toes hurting anymore!"
Trainer of Champions
"We here at the IKF and ISCF tested the Ringstar shoes in many areas
that included how they held up and performed during Power kicking drills,
stretching exercises, combination kicks, their lightweight advantage,
traction, ankle and foot support, cleanliness/hygiene and several other
areas. All tests scored the shoe high and confirmed our self opinions that
this is not just a great product for the fight sports but a great
advancement for fighter safety. We here at the IKF and the ISCF are proud
to endorse such a great product."
President IKF Kickboxing & ISCF MMA
"I find the shoes as a great source of comfort and protection for my
feet. As I sparred with the shoe, I felt the padding was exceptional
because as I made contact, I didn't feel much shock at all on my foot that
delivered the strike. When you get hit with this shoe its more like being
hit with a pad than a shoe and that's a good thing."
IKF Point Kickboxing Director
2-Time Professional (FCR) World Champion
"The protection of the shoe in sparring to the person wearing them is
far better than the old style pads. I'm no longer worried about jamming my
toes, the pad coming off, and the padded instep was a major addition as
well. I would without a doubt highly suggest them for serious fighters."
Head of IKF Officials
Former Kickboxing Champion
"Ringstar Sparring Shoes
are the best thing to come along for the competitors and sport since the
invention of the Safety Equipment! I just wish Steve Shepard would have
invented it when he and I were competing! Lucky for us he invented a shoe
for Instructors too! He even thought of it before Nike did! What a genius
and to think he was a full contact fighter!"
1st World Lt Hv Wt. Full Contact Karate
National Director for Mile High Karate
9th Degree Black
"I loved them! I used the very first pair, (which has been greatly
improved upon since then) in a real kickboxing fight in Atlantic City at
the Tropicana. The shoe gave me better footing and the safety on that
first shoe was easily comparable to a regular foot pad."
Don "The Dragon" Wilson
Former IKF World