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Old 02-04-2006, 09:04 PM   #1
Kon Asplundh
Location: Colorado Springs
Join Date: Jan 2006
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interlocking mats for home use?

Anyone have exp with the judo interlocking tatami mats (3'x3')? Want to set up a practice area at homedownstairs to go on carpet over cement. Is there enough 'padding'? Do the interlocks catch toes too much? Other option we're considering is a wrestling mat.

Thoughts? TIA!
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Old 02-05-2006, 12:23 AM   #2
Jerry Miller
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Location: Spring Tx
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 163
Re: interlocking mats for home use?

I trained on them when another art was in our dojo. I never caught a toe or anything but we had a lot of space and used that for overflow when doing weapons stuff that required a lot of space. I would not do a hard breakfall but rolling should be OK. It beats concrete.

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Old 02-05-2006, 08:01 AM   #3
Larry Feldman
Dojo: Atlanta School of Aikido
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Posts: 387
Re: interlocking mats for home use?

If you talk to mat manufacturers, you will find they recommend 1 3/8" or 1 1/2" mats if you are not puttinng them on concrete. THey recommend 2" for concrete floors, although the carpet will help some.
With 3x3's you will obviously have more seams then using larger mats, but the interlocking part should be better than the way most folding velcro mats fit together.
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Old 02-05-2006, 01:50 PM   #4
Location: Victoria
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 132
Re: interlocking mats for home use?

I suffered a bad ligament tear in my foot from interlocking mats (although not doing Aikido)... my toes indeed did get caught, but only in so much as the person I was sparring with caught somehow the leg I was kicking with and pulled me forward... the foot on the ground stayed pretty much where it was but the whole foot rolled underneath my leg... these mats do seem to grip a lot more than tatami.

That being said though, as mentioned they are good to use on concrete floors and carpeted areas... and they certainly are more affordable than full sized tatami
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:02 PM   #5
Adam Alexander
Dojo: none currently
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 499
Re: interlocking mats for home use?

I don't know about the interlockers, but I've had bad experiences on wrestling mats. Way too soft.

I've trained Aikido in warm and cold temps on wrestling mats. On all occasions, I couldn't focus on technique because I had to focus on picking up my toes.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:10 PM   #6
Michael O'Brien
Dojo: Nashville Aikikai
Location: Nashville, Tn
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Re: interlocking mats for home use?

I got the interlocking mats from Play It Again Sports (4x4 I think) and put them down in my garage I enclosed and put carpet down over that and it works great. It adds a nice layer of padding to the floor and I have been very pleased with the results.

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