Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

aikido articles


dojo search
image gallery
links directory

book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews


rss feeds

Follow us on

Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > General

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Thread Tools
Old 03-16-2004, 10:06 AM   #1
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 794
Cutting down tatami mats to fit; any experiences?

Hello all,

I am thinking of cutting down some of my tatami mats so as to fit in an extra two and a half feet of training area into the dojo. Has anyone had any experience cutting down their Zebra mats and how you went about doing it (and any problems associated with it, other than of course, ruining the mat for future locations)?

  Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2004, 10:23 AM   #2
Bronson's Avatar
Dojo: Seiwa Dojo and Southside Dojo
Location: Battle Creek & Kalamazoo, MI
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 1,677
We used a nice sharp utility knife and finished the edge with some matching color duct tape.

The inside of the Swain mats are little chopped up foam bits glued together. Much like carpet padding just thicker and denser.


"A pacifist is not really a pacifist if he is unable to make a choice between violence and non-violence. A true pacifist is able to kill or maim in the blink of an eye, but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy he chooses non-violence."
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2004, 10:36 AM   #3
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 241
Hi Rachel,

What Bronson said is really the only way to do it but, for an extra 2.5' I would probably not do it unless you have more money than I do If you are considering moving again in months to come, I would not do it because those mats are expensive and I personally could not afford to do it. However like I said, if you can afford to replace them, go for it. I don't know if you will be able to feel the extra 2.5' to the point it is worth it?

  Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2004, 10:44 AM   #4
Jeff Sodeman
Dojo: San Diego Jiai Aikido
Location: San Diego
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 76
Apparently if you leave a flap of the top vinyl when you cut through the foam from the bottom you can fold it down to make a nicer edge.

  Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2004, 11:08 AM   #5
Dojo: Aikido of Cincinnati/Huron Valley Aikikai
Location: Somerset Michigan
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 794
I've got a 9-month contract on the space, and the mat is too small due to my blunder of not measuring correctly. I don't like the Zebra mats (am not proposing to do it to my Swain mats), so I am willing to sacrifice two or three of them to the cutting board if necessary. If this space ends up just being too small, I am either going to move my dojo into my basement (it's free) or find another space that works better.

Thanks for the advice on how to do it.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2004, 11:52 PM   #6
Dojo: Aikikai Dobunkan/ Icho Ryu Aikijujutsu
Location: Indiana
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 247
That depends. If you have real tatami mats (made of straw) I'd advise against cutting them.
  Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Securing canvas mats. Just Jamey General 3 06-15-2006 10:37 AM
Dojo Floor aikidocapecod General 30 11-17-2005 01:10 PM
Mats for sale - UK batemanb Marketplace 5 02-23-2005 02:28 AM
Anyone using tatami mats? VegasJody Supplies 8 02-26-2003 02:59 PM
tatami mats rachmass Supplies 8 08-09-2002 08:28 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:42 PM.

vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2024 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
Copyright 1997-2024 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate