Re: Thoughts on Creating a Training Mat?
Mats: I run 2 dojos (both at churches), and purchased 1inch jigsaw mats from GETRUNG.com Love these mats! Price includes shipping, and I'd recommend buying the "storage bag" with them - storage or transport SO much easier. I'd recommend the blue or black ones.
Bokken: If you're not looking to whack it with another bokken, a cheapy one is fine. Personally, I'm interested in technique over how good I look with an expensive bokken.
Good luck with your decision..