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Old 04-27-2006, 07:04 PM   #1
Location: Macon GA / USA
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 15
Dojo floor remodel.

Several forum members have mentioned that their dojos are being remodeled. I thought this might be helpful.

I was just on a judo website and saw a great idea involving floor remodeling for a dojo.


Has anyone ever heard of new Aikido students leaving because of (hard floors)?
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Old 04-27-2006, 10:48 PM   #2
Lucy Smith
Dojo: Samurai Dojo
Location: Montevideo
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 138
Re: Dojo floor remodel.

We had an extra mat for ukemi practice for us newbies.
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Old 04-28-2006, 02:52 AM   #3
Dojo: Aikido Downtown
Location: Rhode Island
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 262
Re: Dojo floor remodel.

thats a cool set up, I think that would be pretty effective,

Dan Hulley
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Old 04-28-2006, 06:11 AM   #4
Richard Langridge
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 62
United Kingdom
Re: Dojo floor remodel.

Yeh it looks pretty good, but I think normal mats give the perfect balance of softness/hardness.
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Old 04-28-2006, 06:35 AM   #5
Steve Mullen
Dojo: White Rose (Sunderland)
Location: Washington
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 270
Re: Dojo floor remodel.

Just breathe out and enjoy the pain ::

"No matter your pretence, you are what you are and nothing more." - Kenshiro Abbe Shihan
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Old 04-28-2006, 07:53 AM   #6
Dennis Good
Location: Baltimore Maryland
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 29
Re: Dojo floor remodel.

I've been doing some research on this lately myself and I found this.

I found the foam blocks he was talking about on this site.

All in all it is a pretty cheap way to go if you make it yourself.
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Old 04-29-2006, 03:21 PM   #7
Location: Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 8
Re: Dojo floor remodel.

My aikido group just remodeled a dojo.

We built the floor with a frame of 2x4's placed on edge, spaced about 2 feet apart. We screwed this to the floor and put 3/4 inch plywood on top of it. On the plywood we place the tatami mats. It cetianly does not seem any harder than any other mats I have been on.

If anyone wants more info let me know.

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Old 04-29-2006, 08:30 PM   #8
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Dojo: Inaka Dojo
Location: Land of Lincoln
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 135
Re: Dojo floor remodel.

Dennis Good wrote:
I've been doing some research on this lately myself and I found this.
My sensei's dojo is set up like this. It does make for less painful high-ukemi since uke's force absorbs into foam blocks instead of the concrete.

I always imagined (if I ever have my own dojo . . .) that I would glue tennis balls to plywood for the spring base instead of using foam blocks or tires. I think this would allow decent shock-absorbtion without having the mat space at such a high altitude. If the base needed to be firmer, simply glue on more tennis balls. If the tennis balls dry-rot or wear out, they're not that expensive to replace.

Anyone ever try this? If so, let me know since I thought this was my idea.

If this idea is truly new, I want credit if you use it! Please write on the platform, "These are Dan's fuzzy balls!"

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