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Kon Asplundh
02-04-2006, 10:04 PM
Anyone have exp with the judo interlocking tatami mats (3'x3')? Want to set up a practice area at homedownstairs to go on carpet over cement. Is there enough 'padding'? Do the interlocks catch toes too much? Other option we're considering is a wrestling mat.

Thoughts? TIA!

Jerry Miller
02-05-2006, 01:23 AM
I trained on them when another art was in our dojo. I never caught a toe or anything but we had a lot of space and used that for overflow when doing weapons stuff that required a lot of space. I would not do a hard breakfall but rolling should be OK. It beats concrete.

Larry Feldman
02-05-2006, 09:01 AM
If you talk to mat manufacturers, you will find they recommend 1 3/8" or 1 1/2" mats if you are not puttinng them on concrete. THey recommend 2" for concrete floors, although the carpet will help some.
With 3x3's you will obviously have more seams then using larger mats, but the interlocking part should be better than the way most folding velcro mats fit together.

02-05-2006, 02:50 PM
I suffered a bad ligament tear in my foot from interlocking mats (although not doing Aikido)... my toes indeed did get caught, but only in so much as the person I was sparring with caught somehow the leg I was kicking with and pulled me forward... the foot on the ground stayed pretty much where it was but the whole foot rolled underneath my leg... these mats do seem to grip a lot more than tatami.

That being said though, as mentioned they are good to use on concrete floors and carpeted areas... and they certainly are more affordable than full sized tatami ;)

Adam Alexander
02-05-2006, 04:02 PM
I don't know about the interlockers, but I've had bad experiences on wrestling mats. Way too soft.

I've trained Aikido in warm and cold temps on wrestling mats. On all occasions, I couldn't focus on technique because I had to focus on picking up my toes.

Michael O'Brien
02-06-2006, 04:10 PM
I got the interlocking mats from Play It Again Sports (4x4 I think) and put them down in my garage I enclosed and put carpet down over that and it works great. It adds a nice layer of padding to the floor and I have been very pleased with the results.