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Old 05-11-2017, 08:22 AM   #1
Mao Zi Shaung
Location: Birmingham/AL
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 1
Mat thickness and material for home practice?


Allow me to begin by apologizing if my question has already been answered elsewhere and preemptively thank y'all for your input.

I would like to purchase some mats to practice my ukemi in my home. Note that the space I will have to utilize is my basement/garage area.

Due to the hellspawn I act as father to, I plan to purchase a style that allows me to put them away when not in use in an effort to preserve their longevity.

My question is two-fold.

1) What thickness should I use on a concrete floor that has no other covering?
2) Are folding blue gym mats my best option for take out and put up? If not, what are my other options?
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Old 05-11-2017, 09:06 AM   #2
Location: Massachusetts
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 3,128
Re: Mat thickness and material for home practice?

I'm not sure you can really solve the problem with thickness. The dojo where I train is built on concrete slab, and we have zebra mats on top of a layer of dense foam (like insulation foam). The top layer has more give, then underneath you have a layer that's much more firm but still somewhat forgiving. Maybe you can come up with something similar?
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Old 05-12-2017, 11:49 AM   #3
Larry Feldman
Dojo: Atlanta School of Aikido
Location: Atlanta, GA
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 363
Re: Mat thickness and material for home practice?

Folding mats are your best option. 4'x8' mats also will fit in the back seat of most cars if you need to take them somewhere.

If you are on a wooden floor then 1 3/8" or 1 1/2" is usually fine. On concrete you will need 2".
ANYTHING you can put under the mats will help buffer from the concrete - old carpet, old carpet pad, puzzle mats etc.

Most manufacturers will send you a small sample.
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