8BY RECYCLING COFFEE WASTEThe Japanese mindWhat are the Benets of Using a Waist Belt?The biggest selling point of "YOROI" is its high impact cushioning property that protects athletes from shock and reduces the risk of injury. The material has been specically chosen so that the whole garment absorbs the impact and considers the priority of the body part that is in need of impact cushioning, which means that the particular body part that is in need of cushioning is protected by the garment. It also provides a temperature control function based on environmental physiology such as ventilation properties. The garment is made for ease of movement, which does not interfere with the athletes’ performance, and YOROI can be described as a high-performance protector with superior durability and ultra-light clothing providing excellent comfort. The key concepts of the appearance of YOROI as a super-efficient protector are its high impact-cushioning property, ventilation and comfort as described above. However, there is a background concept that should not be overlooked. It is the Japanese mind.Throughout history, we have seen that mind signies culture. The term "YOROI" (armor) was born in the spiritual culture of the Samurai, which is also known as the pillar of Japanese culture, and is a symbol of the historic culture that has been evolved and developed to protect the lives of the Samurai. The protector with the image of armor hides in it the history and culture that is invisible to the eye and has the Japanese mind axed to it. What appears to the eye need not necessarily exist in its physical form. Those that are invisible, be it culture, history, or in other words, the mind, are the ones that get axed. The heart of Japan lies in the concept of the Japanese mind that ows from the depth of "YOROI". （Excerpt from "Proposal of the basic concepts related to functional improvement of YOROI", Professor Shingo Oda, Faculty of Health and Well-being, Kansai University）Consideration for the EnvironmentAs these sports are all about nature, we think about the environment too.What is trunk?Trunk is a generic name for muscles that stabilize the axis of body. These muscles exclude the head, hands and legs. The trunk includes the backbone, which controls the movement of many muscles. It is an important part of the body, which controls most of the functions. The trunk muscles are mainly divided into two parts, front trunk muscles including the abdominal rectus muscle, transverse abdominal muscle, oblique abdominal muscle and greater pectoral muscle, and back trunk muscles, including the back muscles, erector muscle of spine and trapezius muscles. The state is referred to as abdominal pressure in which these muscles work and take pressure on the abdominal cavity. They also stabilize the internal movement, and you can maintain the natural curve of the spine. If the trunk is stable, legs and hands can be used to balance the body and due to this you will be less likely to get injured. Ultimately it leads to increased performance. These muscles are not just important to athletes, but to regular people too. If they strengthen their trunk muscles properly, it can lead to the prevention of lower back pain, and can also be useful to prevent unexpected injuries.A good fitting wide belt from YUKI-ITA YOROI® protector series is made up of wetsuit material. It stabilizes the trunk by increasing abdominal pressure and assisting these abdominal muscles to work at their best. You can say that, when the belt is tightened and one puts in all his spirit, it leads to the samurai spirit.Considering the performance aspect and the cost aspect, to have completely environmentally friendly material is quite a challenge. However, we mostly use a material, which generally doesn’t generate dioxin. Most of the material of YOROI protector is made up of plastic bers and there is a slight emission of dioxin during the combustion process at disposal facilities.A special featured ber, S.Cafe is used, made by recycling the remains of coee after dripping, in some of the YOROI series like OH-YOROI series.● Board part, honeycomb mesh part: Even after the incineration of PE (polyester), it doesn’t generate dioxin.● Mold pad part: EVA material has excellent ozone resistance, climate resistance and heat resistance. It also has high recycling efficiency and dioxin doesn’t occur even after it’s burned as waste. This is an extremely eco-friendly material to the global environment.● Low rebound: Polyurethane, derived from crude oil, is utilized for various purposes. When it becomes waste, it is utilized eectively and used as an energy source. It’s nitrogen contents are also less than to the natural products such as silk, wool, when compared and even the generation of toxic gas, if burned at appropriate facilities and in the right conditions, is far less than the natural products.● Super stretch part:It is also the same material as polyurethane, which generates a very small amount of toxic gas during combustion, at the processing facilities.Recycle Coee FabricIt is a special feature fiber made from recycling coee remains after dripping.In the process of coee roasting, even without performing any special after-processes, due to changes in the chemical structure, naturally this material has functions like sweat absorption, quick drying, deodorization and UV-cut. It is a completely new environmentally friendly fiber with high functionality. Besides this, it is also manufactured in the factory, which has acquired the BLUESIGN® authorization, which states that the manufacturing process of coee ber is environmentally and people friendly. As the beans, which should be discarded after use, are reused and recycled for the cloth by using a special technology, this makes it an extremely environmentally friendly material.Excellent sweat absorption and quick drying propertiesThe moisture discharged from the skin is quickly dispersed and the speedy drying of the skin surface is possible. Even after washing and long-term use the quality stays the same.Odor controlCoffee grounds in fibers absorb body odors and in the process of washing, it releases the absorbed odor. This eect is long lasting.Trunk Support DesignIt rmly supports the trunk as you’re able to tighten the waist belt to fit properly. By keeping the correct posture, the ow of neurotransmission force is expected which in turn increases safety.Standing posture is quite important for athletes, and they have to adjust their normal, everyday way of standing. The athlete who stands by extruding his hip or pelvic region in front, constricting his chest by bringing his shoulders forward and hunching mildly with his back rounded cannot exert high performance. "The way of standing" considered to be basic movement of an athlete must be "comfortable". Achieving “comfortable” means not using futile muscles as far as possible. “Standing" vertically from the ground helps achieve this. The whole head is pulled slightly backward (the ear hole and shoulder should be in line with each other), however,the jaw should not be pulled tightly and the chin should be slightly protruding outwards. The shoulders should be positioned such that it is neither thrust forward nor pulled back, but in a neutral position and held loosely. Those with a tilted pelvis may find that their pelvis naturally tilts forward in their neutral way of standing. It should be noted that the hip joint is "externally rotated" and the knees and toes should be slightly outward facing. In this posture, when the hands are raised forward towards the left and right, it is possible to achieve smooth movements with almost no eort or resistance. The way of standing is such that the pelvis is positioned slightly behind, ensuring that the pelvis is just above the heel (or the ankle). On externally rotating the upper arm with this position of the pelvis, unconsciously, the shoulder is within the neutral position and the chest seems to be stretched, however, the chest is not expanded consciously. This posture is called the neutral state in a standing posture. The shoulders’ and pelvis’ neutral standing position that are mentioned above work in close conjunction with each other.The freely adjustable girth enables the athlete to adjust the fastening of the belt according to individual's waist size and pelvic angle, providing the proper abdominal pressure and aids in attaining the neutral pelvic position. In ancient Japan, there was a physical technique of sending the vital energy to the abdomen, which may be closely associated with maintaining proper abdominal pressure and formation of a neutral pelvic position. The YOROI waist belt, with its function of pulling the abdominal and pelvic sensations, establishes lower-trunk posture, leading to superior performance.