Charlotte, NC — August 16, 2002   The UBC (Ultimate Body Challenge) continues to inspire students and creativity in team building and now possibly new products. While a new UBC student at Charlotte Martial Arts Academy in Charlotte, NC the designer, Susan Martin of ScubaDoRags™ was wearing her hats to contain hair and to keep perspiration off of her face. During “Crazy Hat Week” she invited others to try them and they liked them too.

Developed originally for the sport of scuba diving, ScubaDoRags™ successfully fill the need of divers to keep free-flowing hair out of their eyes. It also provides fast-drying protection from the sun for bare-scalped divers and boaters. Made of Spandex for its quick-drying and fabric-stretching qualities, a ScubaDoRag™ stretches over the head allowing wearers to tuck their hair under it or tie around it. The colorful dive caps have caught on with its intended audience, but their appeal is spreading now into the martial arts arena.

When Sensei Mary Roberts and Sensei Michael Price, regional directors of NAPMA and owners of the school saw the potential merits, they purchased some to try under their headgear for sparring classes.

“I love using my Scuba Do Rag!! When fighting in my Martial Arts classes with other Black Belts, keeping my vision clear is important to me. My ScubaDoRag corrals my hair and keeps the sweat out of my eyes. The stretchy fabrics stay in place better than my old bandanna. In fact, I wore it swimming to keep the sun off of my head. They are wonderful to use!!” Sensei Michael R. Price,
Charlotte Martial Arts Academy

ScubaDoRags™, patent pending only on Martin´s CocoCheznaynay® label, come in 17 fab and funky, limited-edition fabrics. Each fabric pattern is assigned a name almost as colorful as its fabric. Popular patterns include: BandanaYana™, ZowieMaui™, PeakBeak™, TulipTreuse™ , SwimThruToo™, AzurePleasure™, Limey™, and PurplePurge™. Today, the AmeriCoCoBrite™ pattern featuring stars and stripes is easily outselling the next three most popular patterns combined and is worn with flag-waving pride. Special colors and custom logos will soon be available for vertical markets such as martial arts schools and students.

The ScubaDoRag™ has a secret compartment for storing identification, your lucky charm or a bit o’ cash. A 3” x 4” zip lock bag fits inside the Stingray Pouch™ for lightweight, waterproof use.

The current retail price is $35.00 USD. They are available by contacting Martin at or by telephone 704.372.5170 or by email at