I was wondering, that Acromats you describe, are they the soft rubber landing mats, or the hard tatami-style mats? They manufacture many types, and the landing type you often see in gyms are of totally different construction and resilience (they are also markedly cheaper).
Aikikai Australia recently had a training camp in Sydney and had both tatami and Acromat mats for the duration (the tatamic mats came from different dojo); I found that while the tatami mats were slighly harder (and heavier - they were very difficult to move and put in place), the Acromat mats held up very well side-by-side the tatami.
Ignatius Teo wrote:
I was looking at Zebra mats, and similar stuff like the safety mats used in kids playgrounds. But there doesn't seem to be many options available in QLD.
Thanks anyway. If you do know of anything else, please let me know.
This is going to sound really silly, but Clark Rubber have a range of mats similar to the Zebra mats (having said that I've not actually seen Zebra mats). I know these mats are of very similar construction to the safety mats you described, and are also similar to the jig-saw type mats you seen in many places.
Shogun martial arts out of Sydney have a good range as well, and they delivery Australia-wide (http://www.shogunmartialarts.com.au
). They are a reputable company and very good at sourcing equipment like this.
I'm from a regional area so I understand the pain of not having local sources for everything