With Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Joe Frazier, and Bruce Lee licensing deals, streetwear brand Roots of Fight has garnered a cult-like following with athletes and is often spotted on boxers, MMA stars, and the likes of Dana White at weigh-ins and The Rock’s various Instagram posts. ROF’s graphics shine a light on legends of the fight world and other cultural icons, but their faithful following is due to meticulous tailoring and fabrics—we’re talking some of the most perfectly fitting sweatpants and tees in all the land.
LEO Co-Founder Ilaria Urbinati and martial arts trainer and world-ranked US Muay Thai champ Johnny Hunt originally collaborated with ROF on a limited edition Muay Thai collection in 2019 and again in 2021. Back by popular demand (again), round three pays homage to the spiritual birthplace of martial arts and celebrates the enduring power of Shaolin Kung Fu. The line consists of a new version of their Stadium Jacket, graphic tees, tri-blend zip-up hoodie with matching sweats, and canvas gym bag.
SHAOLIN KUNG FU STADIUM JACKET
The stadium jacket features matte thread embroidery and three embroidered badges—a Songshan Mountain Badge, a Henan Province Badge, and a Yin Yang Badge. The back sports a satin-stitched appliqué, while the inner lining pays homage to Shaolin with the dragon symbol.
The Shaolin Temple reaches back 1,500 years to the Song Mountains in Henan Province, China. It is the very cradle of martial arts. It is life, color, energy, movement and discipline. It is the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu, which endures to this day as yin and yang of serenity and combat.
SHAOLIN KUNG FU TEE
The meanings themselves extend to the very beginnings of Zen Buddhism and carry the potency of the art itself into the modern day.
In pop culture, Shaolin Kung Fu carries not only the deep reverence of early, civilized cool, but of a fun vibrancy with bursting color. The symbols themselves convey the ancient mysteries. The yin and yang. The tiger and the dragon. The crane, the leopard and the snake, tracing back to the earliest origins of martial arts.
SHAOLIN KUNG FU SWEATSUIT
“Train with the energy of a warrior and soon you will have the heart of a warrior.” – Shifu Yan Lei, 34th Generation Master of Shaolin Temple
The brand’s tri-blend fleece undergoes a vintage wash for the look and feel of a hoodie you’ve owned and loved for years.
SHAOLIN KUNG FU DUFFLE BAG
The canvas gym bag includes a removable strap with a shoulder pad and converts to a backpack.
“Train tirelessly to defeat the greatest enemy, yourself, and to discover the greatest master, yourself.”
– Shi Su Yan
SHAOLIN KUNG FU CLASSIC TEE
This version of the brand’s popular tees is made with specialty crackle ink designed to wear off, giving it a vintage look and feel.