About Angry Panda Athletics:
We are a U.S. Navy veteran owned company. Our goal is to bring customers a brand that offers a unique style and clothing option with a comfortable fit that provides them with a deadly good look. We offer a variety of Activewear apparel for your everyday life and your work out routines. We pride ourselves on offering competitive prices and quality goods. We know you have an option to buy from other organizations, but we hope that we make your shopping experience enjoyable enough that you make Angry Panda Athletics your go to online shopping experience.
The story behind our name derives from the tradition of callsigns in the military. When I was stationed at Fleet Reconnaissance Squadron THREE ZERO (VRC-30), the junior personnel was giving their own callsigns to various people in the upper echelon of the command. Since I was one of the senior personnel at the command, I was blessed with a callsign. During this time, Kung Fu Panda was just in theaters and it was a very popular movie among the Sailors at the command. And so, I earned the callsign of Kung Fu Panda. The Angry Panda Mascot is named Hwarang from the Flowering Knights of 1st century BC to 10th century AD Silla Kingdom of Korea. The youths who were chosen by the Silla Kingdom became the knights and warriors for the Silla Dynasty within the age of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. These Knights were known as Deadly Warriors that looked and smelled good. This brought purpose and meaning to my company and led me to the oversight one would see in a warrior, which allowed them to bring forth an enraged state needed to face the onslaught of the world and provide that extra help to reach their goal. Whatever your goal is start your fight and overcome all the challenges in your path. As a warrior, Hwarang couldn't cower in the corner.....they had to fight. And, fight is what I did. I wanted a better life for my family and so Angry Panda was created.
The company logo comes from the mixture of my callsign, "Kung Fu Pana," and the Hwarang warriors from my ancestral background. The logo is made up of an Angry Panda that signify the warrior inside all of us. That warrior exists to fend off the evils that constantly attack us. The straw hat signifies the Ronin, which provides a link to the Samurai warriors of the past. The Hwarang was said to be much like the Samurai of Japan. The eleven lines of the straw hat is related to the Hwarang's code and it's five principles; and the Six Arts of ancient scholars.
Loyalty to one's lord - I am a Christian man and I hold faith close to my heart. Everyone has something that guides them in their life. Something that tells them what is right or wrong and usually checks us on our ability to do the right thing. In my heart, it is Jesus Christ that talks to me and carries me through my hard times. Without his guidance, I don't believe that I could have walked through my tough times.
Love and respect your parents and teachers - I believe that family is the foundation that holds us all together. Whether your family is relatives, friends, or colleagues, our lives revolve around these individuals. They represent the reason we fight so hard to win our everyday battles.
Honor among friends - Many may know what honor means. However, to plainly state it, honor is high respect. I am Korean and in my heritage, honor is a strong part of the culture. If a person disrespects their family name, they are often disowned and made to leave the family. I know this may sound cruel, but I believe that a person should represent their family to the best of their ability. They should not bring any trouble to the family.
Never retreat in battle - Courage is what gives each of us the fight to go on even in the face of danger. No matter how hard things get, a person of courage can rise up to the challenge.
Never take a life without a just cause - A person should always stick to their commitments, their promises, and their word. These things should not be given lightly for a person is bonded to them. If you do not uphold to your commitments, you will soon lose respect and trust. Once you lose that, it will be many years before you can earn them back. Do not risk your life. Ensure you live up to your desires....your hopes.....and your dreams.
Six Arts said to lead a person to perfection and making them a perfect person.
Rites - Music - Archery - Charioteering - Calligraphy - Mathematics
That is Angry Panda Athletics and what we stand for. Again, I want thank you for visiting Angry Panda Athletics and we look forward to being your go to shopping experience for all your Athletic clothing needs.
~ David Young (Owner, Angry Panda Athletics)