Pro Martial Arts Mats Sport 20 mm

Our 20 mm Taekwondo mats, Pro Martial Arts Mats Sport tile is specifically designed as an affordable taekwondo flooring option for professional martial arts and TKD studios. This taekwondo mat features a durable thatch top surface pattern that is very resistant to shoes and athletic footwear. A great portable martial arts and taekwondo flooring system, Pro Sport tiles will last for years for use and enjoyment.

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These martial arts/tae kwon do puzzle interlocking mats are durable, professional quality for dojangs and multipurpose athletic flooring installations.

 

 

This foam flooring option is affordable, and made of a soft and safe flooring material that features a scuff resistant top thatch texture. This foam floor tile is built to withstand intense martial arts training while using shoes or boots. The top texture of this foam tile is one of our most durable surface textures available in a martial arts puzzle mat.

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Made of high density closed cell EVA foam, this foam floor tile is 40×40 inches in size and features interlocking edges for easy installation. Complete with four border strips per tile, any mat can become a finished edge for wall-to-wall or island installation. The tiles are lightweight and optimally sized to limit the number of seams while also providing a manageable size for installation, both permanent and temporary. Each tile weighs just six pounds. This interlocking mat design allows for dry lay installation and does not require any adhesives.

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These mats are designed to last for many years and are completely non-absorbent. They are kids’ safe and are free of lead and latex. They are engineered to handle both foot traffic and exercise equipment when installed over a hard, flat surface. All foam flooring will indent under heavy weight, but in most cases the indents will disappear in the same amount of time they took to form. In the case, however, where heavy furniture or equipment is left on the tiles for long periods of time, some indents may become permanent.

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With six colors available through four different reversible tile options, Pro Sport tae kwon do mats allow you to use your creativity in your floor designs. These martial arts puzzle mats are available in red/blue, black/gray, red/black and green/brown reversible tiles. Each side of the tile has a different solid color. Color tone variations can and will most likely occur within the same batch of mats. Even mats that are made at the factory within minutes of each other can vary in color. This is common with all interlocking EVA foam mats.

 

If you need help in the design process, try our online floor designer, which can also help determine the number of tiles in each color you will need to complete your project.

Allow an approximately 1/2-inch gap around the perimeter of your room during installation to allow for mat expansion which can occur with fluctuations in heat and humidity. Keep direct sunlight off the mats if possible as this can heat them up and cause expansion.

Caution: Pro Sport tiles are not suitable for use with tables and chairs as sharp heavy objects can puncture or indent foam tiles. This product is also not recommended for yoga studio floors as it can become too soft and slippery, especially when wet.

Foam matting as flooring is effective for military and police tactical training and boxing gyms when using shoes or boots. This type of martial arts foam floor is commonly used in professional martial arts studios and can be used with bare feet. The Pro Sport martial arts mat is ideal for mixed use rooms, such as aerobics, kickboxing and Karate as well as Taekwondo.

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‘Color coming off’ issue is not uncommon with puzzle mats. This is common with puzzle mats of all types. We find that red and black are the most susceptible colors to this issue. This is when coloring of the mats comes off on feet and uniforms.

Cleaning

Only use diluted Pinesol for cleaning the surface of the mats.

Spot clean using a scrubby and a sponge. A walk behind auto cleaning machine is recommended for cleaning this karate flooring in large commercial areas. Be sure to clean your mats regularly with a vacuum (after testing the vacuum on the tiles to make sure it does not damage your martial arts flooring).

Tile Size

  • Side to side with border strips attached 41 x 41 inches
  • Outside to outside of interlocking tabs 40.25 x 40.25 inches
  • Outside to inside of interlocking tabs 39.375 x 39.375 inches
  • Measurements may fluctuate if tiles are heated and expand

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Martial Arts Karate Mat Premium 1 Inch

Professional Karate Puzzle Mats

Greatmats Karate Puzzle Mats Premium 1 Inch infographicOur 1-inch thick Martial Arts Karate Mats Premium are designed for Karate and Taekwondo. These interlocking karate mats are firm, high density polyethylene (PE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) foam tiles with a smooth leather surface finish specifically designed for barefoot and soft shoe foot work and striking moves.

Choose Greatmats 1 inch Karate mat when you are looking for a quality flooring surface for your dojo. The EVA material of each 40×40 inch mat carries with it a Shore C 50 density and non-absorbent qualities. It is kid safe, and due to the interlocking design, requires no special adhesives for installation. Each tile comes with four border strips, giving you endless options for corner, wall-to-wall or island installation.

Greatmats 1 inch thick foam mats karate mats martial arts puzzle matsUsed in hundreds of studios nationwide for more than 10 years, this mat has withstood the test of time. Greatmats 1-year warranty will stand behind any manufacturer defects. You can be confident in the longevity of this 1 inch thick interlocking Karate, Taekwondo and Kung Fu mat. This product is guaranteed for bare feet and soft shoes only.

High-density mats are specifically designed for Karate and Taekwondo floors. Our 1-inch mats are manufactured to meet strict design specs. These foam mats have been a favorite for trainers and teachers globally for more than a decade.

Each 1-inch thick mat has a coverage area of 10.76 square feet and each one weighs 8 pounds.

Greatmats foam mat karate matsThe reversible Karate floor mats come in three multi-color options: black/gray, red/blue and wooden/black.

Color tone variations can and will most likely occur within the same batch of mats. Even mats that are made at the factory within minutes of each other can vary in color. This is common with all interlocking EVA foam mats.

Customers have also found success with these mats for jazzercise and yoga studios.

 

Tile Size

  • Side to side with border strips attached 41 x 41 inches
  • Outside to outside of interlocking tabs 40.25 x 40.25 inches
  • Outside to inside of interlocking tabs 39.375 x 39.375 inches
  • Coverage area of 10.76 square feet
  • Measurements may fluctuate if tiles are heated and expand

Installation

Greatmats Karate flooring in karate studio martial arts matsYou can install the tiles over any hard floor surface. Installation over carpeting is not recommended though, as the tiles could slip. Because of the interlocking design, our karate mats require no special adhesives for installation.

Use the included border strips to create an island installation or to create a finished edge. For a wall-to-wall installation, your mats may need to be cut to fit. If your Karate mats need to be cut to fit, simply use a straight edge and a sharp utility knife to customize the interlocking tiles for your space.

Allow an approximately 1/2-inch gap around the perimeter of your room during installation to allow for mat expansion which can occur with fluctuations in heat and humidity. Keep direct sunlight off the mats if possible as this can heat them up and cause expansion.

Maintenance

Be sure to clean your mats regularly with a vacuum (after testing the vacuum on the tiles to make sure it does not damage your martial arts flooring). Use a damp mop with basic household soap and hot water as needed. Spot clean using a scrubby and a sponge. A walk behind auto cleaning machine is recommended for cleaning this karate flooring in large commercial areas.

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Fumio Demura Sensei – The Evolution of Karate Flooring

Sensei to the Stars Discovers Perfect Karate Flooring

By Brett Hart

After nearly 50 years of training some of the biggest names in martial arts and serving as a movie stunt man, Fumio Demura remains modest about his National and International influence in the martial arts community.

”I’m not famous,” Demura Sensei says. ”I’m just doing my best. That’s all.”

A 1961 All Japan Champion, Demura Sensei moved to the United States in 1965 where he introduced Shito-Ryo Karate Do and Okinawa Kobudo to the nation as well as creating and introducing Kobudo Kumite to the World at the age of 68.

His prowess and innovation in the martial arts world led Demura Sensei to train many of the top martial arts icons, including Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal.

Movies and Television
What Demura Sensei is possible most well known for, however, is his stunt work in the Karate Kid movies and his mentor-ship of Pat Morita’s character, Mr. Miyagi in the movie franchise.

Demura Sensei says many aspects of the Karate Kid movie reflected his own personal life, such as the fishing and ”Wax on. Wax off” – a phrase in which he coined.

”I was doing (Wax on. Wax off.) for years before they made the movie,” he said, noting that after seeing the movie, many of his students called him and said, ”That’s me and you!”

Over the years, Demura Sensei has worked in 14 feature films and nearly 40 different television programs. He’s also written eight books and produced numerous videos, demonstrations and competitions around the globe.

Movies and competition bring out very different sides of the martial arts. In movies, he said, ”You have to sell what you’re doing,” Demura Sensei said.

He pointed to the 1971 cult classic movie ”Billy Jack” when Billy says, ”I’m going to take this right foot, and I’m going to wop you on that side of your face. And you want to know something? There’s not a damn thing you’re going to be able to do about it.”

He also pointed to the ”Wax on. Wax off” scene in the original (1984) Karate Kid movie.

”That type of thing,” Demura Sensei said. ”In the movie business, you have to have some selling point.”

In contrast, he noted that in competition there are rules, such as no hitting or kicking the groin or neck.

The Birth of a New Career
As a young man, Demura Sensei wanted to be an actor, but his father was against it. So he went to Nippon University where he majored in economics.

However, after wining the All Japan Championship, it changed his career direction towards the martial arts. Even with all he’s accomplished Demura Sensei says that moment is still his favorite.

”We had 48 provinces and each province has two people,” he said. ”We had 80-90 people competing. … Me and the other guy were the only two left. No other people there. … Not that much nervous, but kind of friend, but enemy. We don’t talk to each other, just waiting for the time to come up. That is a moment I’ll never forget.”

After his victory, Demura Sensei was introduced by his friend, Wisconsin native and internationally-known martial artist Donn Draeger, to Ohio-born martial arts promoter Dan Ivan, who brought him to the United States to teach karate.

Genbu-Kai Karate
Now, at the age of 78, Demura Sensei has Genbu-Kai Karate schools in 30 countries and 13 states within the United States. When asked how many students he’s trained over his career, he responded, ”Not too many. About 30-40… thousand.”

While several of those students are well-recognized action stars, that part of the job isn’t always glamorous.

”Some people, they just listen to me and do it,” Demura Sensei said. ”Chuck (Norris) and Bruce (Lee)… just listen. ‘Ok. Just do it that way?’ That’s it. Some people say ‘OK. Do it this way? But I do it that way.’ … Sometimes it’s very difficult.”

Evolution of Karate: From Fighting to Flooring
A lot has changed in Karate for Demura Sensei over the years.

”It used to be a different way,” he said. ”For example: Fighting. Everybody had a different way of fighting, but today everybody looks the same because they go to the world champion and everybody copies from that. … And the Kata – same way. … They do same kata from DVD or something. You watch and you copy. It used to be, you never do that kind of stuff.”

Even the flooring has evolved over time.

”I started karate with wood floor,” he said. ”In the beginning it was a little harder. We come to here, we had wrestling mat, but I hit my toes all the time. Then later, we got tatami mats.”

The tatami mats, Demura Sensei is referring to are the Elite Striking Art Pro Mat Tatami Mats from Greatmats. They are 1.5 inch thick 1×2 meter mats with a 1.5 inch thick polyurethane foam core and tatami-textured vinyl surface.

”The mat is best for me – tatami mats – not to soft, not too hard. And I can throw the kids without hurting them,” Demura Sensei said. ”On the legs, it’s not too bad. So perfect for me.”

He first learned about the tatami mats while visiting one of his schools that were using Greatmats martial arts mats and liked the feel and function of the mats. So when it came time to order mats for his relocated studio in Santa Ana, California, he turned to Greatmats.

”I recommend people if they have money, buy the tatami mat. … In the beginning… people said ‘too soft.’ But now, they love it!”

Fumio Demura
Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai International
Santa Ana CA 92701
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Sensei Tim Thompson – Ryoshin-Kan Karate

The Champion Spirit is inside all of us

Ryoshin-Kan Karate School and the Dragon Force National Karate Demo Team were established in 1980 by Sensei Tim Thompson. Ryoshin-Kan Karate School offers the Best Martial Arts Instruction to both Adults and Youth Seven Days a Week. Students are taught Martial Arts classes, both Sport and Traditional, in Karate-Do (empty hand defense), Kobudo (weapons), Kenjitsu (sword), Goshinjitsu (self-defense) and Tameshiwari (Breaking). Ryoshin-Kan also offers youth Karate Camps in the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
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Dragon Force National Karate Demo Team from the Ryoshin-Kan Karate School is A World Class Karate Show Team that is Rated Number One and they performed Karate Shows at Professional & College Halftimes, Festivals, Tournaments and Special Events. Team Dragon Force has won 16 World & National Martial Arts Championships as well as being awarded ”Best National Karate Team of the Year” and they starred in the children’s action/adventure movie ”The Adventures of Dragon Force.” Team Dragon Force Rocked the America’s got Talent TV Show Audition and the Hampton Roads TV Show on WAVY 10 with Awesome Karate Performances. Ryoshin-Kan Karate School Shihan Tim Thompson Greatmats Martial Arts Mats

All Students are encouraged to develop a strong Champion Spirit that is inside all of us. It just needs to be exercised. To be a champion is not a simple matter of just wishing to become one. It is an endless commitment, sometimes lasting a lifetime. Nobody is born a champion, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average person. It is up to you to make yourself into one or the other. It starts with courage.

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Aristotle said that ”Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.”

Following closely behind Courage is Perseverance, and it is the Key element that simply means to never quit. Remember that anyone can quit.

Commitment + Hard Work + Positive Spirit = Success.
Optimi Optimorum = Best of the Best.
These are the trademarks of True Champions and the Goals of every Ryoshin-Kan Karate School Student.

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(Ryoshin-Kan Karate School and the Dragon Force National Karate Demo Team use Greatmats Pro Martial Arts Mats Sport 20mm.)

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Ryoshin-Kan Karate
Virgina Beach VA 23452
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Shihan Eric Swick – Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts

Hall-Of-Fame Martial Arts Instructor Changing Lives on Greatmats

By Brett Hart

A friend’s invitation to attend a martial arts class at the age of 12 changed Eric Swick’s life. Now 41, Swick is a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate-Do, 3rd degree black belt in Renzoku Jiu-Jitsu, 3rd degree black belt in Dragon Kenpo, 1st degree black belt in Judo and the owner of Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts academy in Grafton, West Virginia where he also trains in Kobudo and Arnis.

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Shihan Swick began his martial arts journey in 1988 under Sensei Dave Burner in Shotokan Karate, Aikido and Arnis and now includes Jiu-Jitsu and Kobudo into his primarily lineup of disciplines.

Real Life Experience

While martial artists train to be prepared for the unthinkable, most never need it. Unfortunately, he has, and it saved his life.

Ten years ago while working as a correctional officer in a United States Penitentiary, Swick was sucker punched by an inmate with a 7-inch shank and ended up being stabbed 13 times while trying to control the attack.

”If it wasn’t for God and my training, I do believe I would not be here today,” Swick said. ”The most horrific thing that I have ever seen is looking into another man’s eyes that was just a few inches away from me that really wanted to kill me. … There is no kind of training that can prepare you for that reality.”

Pushing Forward

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The life-changing experience, inspired the Swick to focus more of his time and energy to helping others.

”You win, or you learn. You never lose,” he said. ”If you have the right attitude, there is no such thing as truly losing. Defeat, or losing, is only possible when you give up and quit. Defeat is a state of mind, not a reality. You, and only you, determine whether you lose or whether you had a temporary setback from which you learned more and became stronger. You do not play karate; you study it.”

In 2010, he was named to the Martial Arts Legend Hall of Fame and named the Sensei of the Year by the United States Black Belt Hall of Fame. He is also a two-time Hall of Fame instructor both Jiu-Jitsu and Karate and a Hall of Fame MMA instructor.

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With all he’s accomplished, Swick says his biggest accomplishment is seeing his students become teachers of the arts, putting their martial arts training to work in the dojo and their everyday lives, overcoming their fears and becoming adults with success stories.

”I want my students to have the ‘I can, and I will’ attitude,” Swick said. That includes his wife and two kids, who train with him.

While Swick did not compete much early on, his academy has a successful competition team that competes at local tournaments as well as the USA-National Karate-do Federation and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

Discovering Greatmats
Swick was impressed by the Greatmats martial arts flooring used at one tournament attended and looked up Greatmats on the web.

He soon ordered Greatmats’ Wood Grain/Black reversible Martial Arts Premium 1 Inch Karate Mats and loves the way they look and perform while enduring classes five days per week.

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In 2015, Swick co-founded the Warriors United Tournament Circuit, a growing tournament point circuit open to all styles that includes competitors from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio.

”Tell you the truth, it’s just a great bunch of martial artists having a good time,” Swick said of Warriors United.

So happy with his Greatmats martial arts flooring, Swick and his Warriors United co-founders opted to equip each of their tournament rings with Greatmats flooring as well.

”They’re very tough, and the feel is great,” Swick said.

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Shihan Eric Swick
Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts
http://www.dragonsdenmma.org
Grafton WV 26354

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Customer Profile: USA Karate & Platinum Yoga

1 inch Martial Arts Mats for Karate and Yoga

By Brett Hart

There’s no doubt about it, 32-year martial arts veteran David Younglove knows the importance of a proper foundation.

Beginning his training as a martial artist in 1983, Mr. Younglove earned his first blackbelt and began teaching Karate by the age of 17. A Minnesota state champion, Mr. Younglove joined the U.S. Marine Corp in the early 1990s where he trained Thailand Marines in hand-to-hand combat.

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”We taught on just carpet over cement in those days and if you fell, it was just terrible,” Mr. Younglove said. ”The first generation of mats… we put in martial arts schools were just terrible. They were very hard. They were very grippy on the feet.”

Despite these less-than-ideal training surfaces, Mr. Younglove continued to pursue his passion for martial arts and, from 2012 to 2014, he was the top-ranked North Central Karate Association (NCKA) competitor in traditional form for 40-49 year olds.

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In July of last year, this sixth-degree blackbelt finally found the perfect martial arts flooring on Greatmats.com – 1 inch thick foam karate mats. These 1×1 meter interlocking foam tiles, designed to look like wood floors, have a leather-like, waterproof surface that provides both proper stability and cushion.

”I’ve tried many of the others in all of our different schools – and (talked to) other owners,” Mr. Younglove said. ”These are by far and large the best that I’ve found.”

”I went to different martial arts owners and worked out on their floors. I looked at the Swains; I looked at the Zebra mats and all the different ones, and I got some samples.”

After inspecting a free sample of the Greatmats Karate Mats, Mr. Younglove purchased three tiles and snapped them together for a test.

”(I) just did a few moves on them and decided by far and large, it had the most support, but also had the most cushion at the same time,” Mr. Younglove said. ”It works out great.”

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In fact, he liked them so much that he not only purchased them as his dojo flooring at USA Karate in Rosemount, Minn., but also for his yoga studio in the same building.

”I have a dual studio,” Mr. Younglove said. ”We incorporate a full yoga program with our full martial arts program. At this facility we have two classrooms. Kids can be taking karate class and mom can be taking yoga class simultaneously. I put it in the yoga side and, to my knowledge, we’re the only yoga studio that has a padded floor. We’re constantly on our knees and on our elbows and a lot of our population is 40 and over. We have some 70 year olds taking class. It is very gentle on the joints. It also really challenges your balance.”

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Mr. Younglove noted that it took about six months of regular use to fully break in the flooring, which was a bit slippery to start, but it was well worth the patience, knowing that he offers yet another tool in helping his students build the best foundation in self-esteem with a positive and safe learning environment.

David Younglove
USA Karate & Platinum Yoga
Rosemount, MN 55068
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Infinity National Championships Rock the Kalahari Convention Center

Brown, Viviano, Thomason earn multiple National Grand Championships

May 18, 2017 – With 300 competitors from across the U.S. and Canada east of the Rocky Mountains, the Infinity National Championships put on two days of high caliber martial arts competition at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI on May 12-13, 2017.

The second annual tournament was highlighted by the performances of 20 different Grand Champions, three of which took home to Grand Champion Trophies.

Zoe Brown of United Family Martial Arts in Hamilton, Ontario, was one competitor who won multiple grand championships, taking home the top prize in both Junior Japanese Forms and Junior Korean Forms.

Sacha Viviano of Wisconsin was the Women’s Sparring and Women’s Semi-Final Grand Champion.

Brett Thomason of St. Peters, Missouri also claimed a pair of Grand Championships – in Men’s Sparring and Men’s Final.

Other grand champions included:
Noell Jellison (WI) – Junior Musical Forms
Tim Wegert (VA) – Adult Contemporary Forms
Mason Bumba (IL) – Junior Point/Contact Sparring
Hope Chase (PA) – Adult Hard Traditional Forms
Connor Chasteen (WI) – Junior Weapons Forms
Joseph Bein (WI) – Adult Contemporary Weapons
Aric Barnard (WI) – Senior Sparring
Hubert Monroe (W) – Grands Kyu 18 Novice
Andy Chen (WI) – Grands Kyu 7 Novice
Abby Frank (WI) – Grands Kyu 8-11 Novice
Sofia Rodrigues-Florez (FL) – Grands Kyu 11 Advanced
Taylor Lawson (VA) – Grand Kyu 11 Intermediate
Riley Heffelfinger (OH) – Grand Kyu 12-17 Advanced
Elizabeth Folsom (WI) – Grand Kyu 12-17 Intermediate
Ryan White (WI) – Grand Kyu 18 Intermediate/Advanced
Patte Lelle (WI) – Grand Kyu 35+ Novice/Intermediate
Hannah Nehls (WI) – Grand Kyu 12-17

Greatmats is the official sponsor of the Infinity National Championships, which uses Greatmats martial arts mats in all of its competition rings.

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Infinity Martial Arts
Wisconsin Dells WI
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