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  1. ConorDeane404 White Belt

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    Hey guys,

    For a few months now I've been looking for mats to buy for training. They would be used for BJJ, Judo and MMA in general.

    I dont have an exceptionally large budget, so that very much limits what I can get. Most mats are expensive as shit.

    I've also looked into making my own ( the Gracie method ) but the materials are not available where i live (small town in Ireland).

    So think i have settled on CannonUK mats. They are 40mm tatami jigsaw mats. Free shipping to where i live as well.

    So i have two questions,

    1. What do you think about the mats, will they be good for MMA (take downs, Groundwork, etc..)

    And,

    2. Is 3 meters by 3 meters enough are for MMA sparring? I know more would be better, but i cant afford more than 9 mats (they're 1m x 1m each).

    Hope you guys can help me,
    Thanks a lot!

    ** For referance here is link to the site with the mats: Jigsaw Mats, Judo & Martial Arts Mats Specialist - Cannons UK **
     
  2. nomilkforsanta Nathan

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    do what most american "backyard wrasslers do" and build a ring/stage.

    get a bunch of tires (same thickness) and lay them equidistant from each other on the ground. Place plywood over it, than carpet foam, then carpet, then your mats.

    You can also use foam or interlaced wood instead of tires.
     
  3. Fenderson Purple Belt

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    I use 40mm jigsaw mats for bjj and they've been fine. I also only have 3x3. You'll always want more room, but it's ok and better than nothing.
     
  4. ConorDeane404 White Belt

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    I cant build a ring... and even if i could thats not what im looking for as its indoors.

    So they work good? Are you able to do takedowns on them well?

    i really wish i had the money for 4x4... but thats the great thing about these mats, i can always buy more!
     
  5. Fenderson Purple Belt

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    Takedowns are fine aslong as your not slamming the shit out of each other and you know how to break fall. However 3x3 won't be big enough for a decent wrestle, there won't be enough room. But you can drill and like you said buy more later on.
     
  6. ConorDeane404 White Belt

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    Is the area big enough to spar on though?
     
  7. Fenderson Purple Belt

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    Just. Like i said before I use 3x3 jigsaw mats. There is a video on here of me and my brother sparring muay Thai. Check it out to get a rough idea of the size.

    if your are going to watch it watch the second video. It's a better view.
     
  8. ConorDeane404 White Belt

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    I'd love to, can i get a link?
     
  9. Fenderson Purple Belt

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    I don't know how to link mate but it's dead easy to find anyhow.

    Click on my screenname
    Click on all threads started by fenderson
    And it's the second one down
    Watch the second video for the better angle
     
  10. ConorDeane404 White Belt

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    Nice video!

    So ive decided to get a 4 x 4 area, of 20mm mats. I plan to put a 10mm layer of carpet underlay, beneath the mats.

    Will it be ok for falling and such? I know i can slam on it but just for bjj i think it should be good!

    Also the 4 x 4 area will be much better for sparring!

    What are your guys opinion on this?
     
  11. snowman22 Blue Belt

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    Did you get them? What are the mats like?
     
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    Anyone used cannons for their mats?
     

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