Dale and Sharon Williamson, previous owners of Kidnastics Gymnastics Center in Los Alamitos, California for 24 years, started Academy Grips in 1991. Their beginning gymnasts needed a soft handgrip which would accustom them to wearing grips and enable them to comfortably transition later to a team grip. They wanted immediate comfort, good palm protection, reliability, and an appealing choice of colors. After obtaining a soft, top quality
leather in 3 colors, Academy Grips worked with US Glove to manufacture their line of Academy Beginner Grips with a choice of a buckle or Velcro strap.
In addition to being the sole distributor of the Academy Grips Beginner Grips, Academy Grips is also a distributor for selected US Glove and Reiport Grips. Featured are US Glove Team Grips, which are made of a heavier leather without a dowel. These grips are especially popular with gymnasts because of the Velcro straps which are available in assorted colors. For men and women needing dowel grips, Academy Grips offers both the US Glove Dowel Grips and the popular Reisport Dowel Grips.
The Academy Grips selection of gymnastics grips is currently sold throughout the United States. The company goal, as it was 1991, is to continue to offer carefully selected top quality grips at better than market prices, and to provide consistent, attentive service to each customer.