Grappling mats. need advice.

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  1. Samurai Jack

    Samurai Jack faixa roxa

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    what do you guys use at your academies as surface to put your mats on? carpet? or some type of plywood? we are moving our academy to a new place and in this new place there is concrete floor so I was wondering what you guys use between floor and tatami. any advice would be much appriciated.

    sorry for spelling, english is not my mother language.(its croatian)
     
  2. georgejjr

    georgejjr Black Belt

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    If you are allowed to do it (depending upon your lease), one thing that works very well is to put plywood over old tires, and then the tatami over that. It's stiff enough that you don't feel it for normal moving, but gives enough that you don't get injuries from hard throws. We did it at our judo club, and it's great. Make sure the tires are packed well though (ie put in tight).

    And yes, in case anyone asks, we admit to being wusses, and we know that real, tough old time judoka would put tatami on concrete, or maybe throw broken glass among the lava pools when doing randori :icon_chee
     
  3. Samurai Jack

    Samurai Jack faixa roxa

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    thanks, that is a very good idea. best of all is that doesnt cost much. (we are self-sponsored :D)
     
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    matador1872 Yellow Belt

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    Our's is on top of concrete, actually a thin layer of carpet between. Which is going to be a mess later. We have puzzle mats and everyone knows how bad the bottom of them gets.
     
  5. Ghosted-Barra

    Ghosted-Barra Orange Belt

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    Check out (not sure if it is swain or zebra) and order some 1/2 inch padding to lay down first.
     
  6. vitor3000

    vitor3000 Blue Belt

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    At our club, we have a layer of like 1.5 inch thick foam beneath the tatamis. Id love to train on a mat that had tires or those rubber blocks underneath em tho.
     
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    Spoonman7 Red Belt

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    I have the flexiroll dollamur mats and I usually just put them on the barefloor, but at my old place, I did have carpet then the mats. It did make a difference.
     
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    mattmania843 Green Belt

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    I think my school uses swain mats, and then they put a layer of canvas over it to protect the mats i guess.
     
  9. krackle808

    krackle808 White Belt

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    Sorry if this is hijacking the thread but does anyone know of any semi-cheap mats that I can buy for laying out in my living room when I drill with my buddy? Would only need to be big enough for 2 of us small guys, we're both about 5'7". I would like to store them after i'm done as well, so not something permanent. And a store to buy them at. Thanks.
     
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    YeahBee Samdog Original Nine

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    I have encounterd many clubs that do this and I msut admit I don't like it at all, the spring in the floor makes my lower legsa hurt for some reason

    don't get me started on the tiems we have ou mats ABOVE the wrestling mat

    It was a thrill to get two layers of foamish foundation udner the tatami thou

    We did acctually have the tatami over concrete for my first couple of months:icon_sad:
     
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    Yojimbo Brown Belt

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    We have Zebra mats on top of concrete, nothing in between.
     
  12. TSD-Bulldog

    TSD-Bulldog BJJ Student

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    What about the 0.5 inch thick rubber puzzle mats you commonly see at a local gym. Definitely will absorb some extra impact and is pretty cheap.
     
  13. davejitsu

    davejitsu Purple Belt

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    I always buy my mats from Resilite, but you can go to HS wrestling rooms and ask if they are getting rid of their mats. A lot of places get lucky.
     
  14. Darkslide632

    Darkslide632 Brown Belt

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    We have 1.5" Swain Tatami over a hardwood floor. If it was going over concrete I might consider just picking up some carpet foam to lay under it, but the reality is that it would be fine without it.
     

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