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#384815 - 02/29/08 07:01 PM affordable, decent mats
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Do they exist? I have left the YMCA where I was teaching my class, downside is I have to provide my own mats, does anyone have suggestions for some affordable but usable ones?

All they would be used for is some very basic takedown, throwing and grappling work, and for the current size of my class I don't think i'd need more than 2 or three.

I looked on Amazon a bit and the prices made me pee a little, it's also hard to tell what you are looking at by the descriptions.


Edited by Zach_Zinn (02/29/08 07:07 PM)

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#384816 - 02/29/08 07:35 PM Re: affordable, decent mats [Re: Zach_Zinn]
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#384817 - 02/29/08 07:42 PM Re: affordable, decent mats [Re: Zach_Zinn]
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If the price made you pee a little the shipping costs are gonna mean a new pair of pants. Most places will give you a discount for quantity. You generally have to talk with a rep to get any info on discounts or shipping costs.

I used Zebra mats in my basement.

http://www.zebramats.com/puzzle.html

This style is less..

http://www.greatmats.com/products/martial-arts-mats-78.html

Good luck.
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#384818 - 02/29/08 08:20 PM Re: affordable, decent mats [Re: oldman]
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Look on EBAY for DOLLAMUR ROLL MAT

I love mine. There is nothing that I have seen more portable and they are good quality.

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#384819 - 02/29/08 08:20 PM Re: affordable, decent mats [Re: oldman]
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Oldman, do you think the Zebra mats can be used for throwing, could you say safely take a fall out of a shoulder or hip throw or similar on them?

Anyway thanks for the help guys this gives me plenty to think about.


Edited by Zach_Zinn (02/29/08 08:30 PM)

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#384820 - 02/29/08 09:11 PM puzzle mats [Re: Zach_Zinn]
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If you are going to be moving them around alot, you won't want "puzzle mats".
They're ok if you put them on the floor and leave them there.
But the tabs wear out fast if start taking them apart too often.

I also don't like them for Aikido. They're ok for rolling but are too hard for big throws.

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#384821 - 02/29/08 09:38 PM Re: affordable, decent mats [Re: Zach_Zinn]
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Zach,
We do not do any BIG throws. We do practice throws and sweeps but none of us fall well very well so we don't get crazy. I would not like to be thrown hard on them. They work fine for grappling.

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#384822 - 03/25/08 08:53 PM Re: affordable, decent mats [Re: Zach_Zinn]
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Quote:

Oldman, do you think the Zebra mats can be used for throwing, could you say safely take a fall out of a shoulder or hip throw or similar on them?

Anyway thanks for the help guys this gives me plenty to think about.




Zebra mats often sponsors high profile judo tournaments, and my judo dojo uses zebra mats (albeit on a sprung floor). At the tournaments the zebra mats are simply put on a hard floor and it is more than sufficient protection for hard judo.

As a bonus if you go to zebra mats and see they are sponsoring a tournament they will give you a serious discount on once used mats. Plus you dont have to pay shipping if you go pick them up.

Event schedule is here http://www.zebramats.com/events.html

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#384823 - 03/25/08 10:25 PM Re: affordable, decent mats [Re: Borrek]
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B,
Just as a reminder I was referring to puzzle mats from Zebra. Their tatame styled mats are a very good option.
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#384824 - 03/26/08 02:11 AM Re: affordable, decent mats [Re: oldman]
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Well i've been shopping a bit, unfortunately the puzzle mats aren't practical for me, i'll need a couple folding ones. Looks like i'm just gonna need to save a bit of cash.

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