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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Grappling MMA Mats

Greatmats Grappling MMA Mats BJJ Training Mats infographicGreatmats’ brand Grappling MMA Mats are made of quality, durable ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam material that is designed for professional mixed martial arts (MMA) studio use at affordable prices. Our interlocking, reversible mats feature an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) 4-foot fall height rating for head injuries. These mats are designed to be used by professionals in mixed martial arts studios for grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Jiu Jitsu and Judo. These are the mats of choice for BJJ World Champions Rodrigo ”Comprido” Medeiros and Rafael Ellwanger as well as the South USA Grappling Association.

Our professional-grade mixed martial arts mats are easy to install and serve as economical interlocking grappling and MMA floors. Use our MMA mats for Judo, grappling, BJJ and Jiu Jitsu competitions or for training in your mixed martial arts studio. These MMA mats utilize an impressive interlocking EVA mat design for studios and home use. Having colors on both sides allows for multi-color designs in your facility. These grappling mats are 40 inches by 40 inches by 1-5/8-inch thick. These puzzle mats are designed to be used directly on any hard, flat surface without the need for additional padding.

Greatmats jiu jitsu mats for sale installed black and grayGreatmats’ 1 meter by 1 meter by 1-5/8-inch thick mats weight just 9 pounds per tile and are excellent choices for MMA floors, whether permanent or temporary. The included border strips add about 1/2 inch to the edge of the MMA mats. Our grappling mats are designed with a durable tatami mat top surface texture that will not give any skin burns while performing MMA moves. Greatmats MMA puzzle mats are used nationwide in professional studios and for competition floors. The dense Polyethylene (PE) and EVA foam materials are waterproof, lead free and latex free. Our grappling mats can be removed and cleaned inside or outside, but should be dry before laying back down.

Simply lay our kid-safe mixed martial arts mats down in the same direction and interlock the MMA mats together for a perfect fit every time. Measure twice and cut once using a sharp utility knife to make these grappling mats conform to your space for wall-to-wall installation. No adhesive is required. AlloGreatmats bjj puzzle mats tournament installationw your new grappling mats and MMA mats to acclimate to your room’s climate conditions prior to installation and allow a 1/2-inch gap around the perimeter of the room for the MMA mats to expand due to fluctuations in heat and humidity. Always avoid direct sunlight on the grappling mats as increased heat can cause expansion.

Our mixed martial arts mats are designed for use with bare feet. Soft martial arts shoes can be worn, but they may scuff your MMA mats.

Interlocking MMA mats by Greatmats have been installed in hundreds of professional martial arts facilities nationwide and receive outstanding reviews as the best interlocking MMA mat in the market at unbeatable prices.

Greatmats mixed martial arts mats are available in black/gray, red/blue, and black/green reversible colors. 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.Greatmats bjj mats martial arts mats red blue

‘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.

Border Edges

Greatmats grappling mma mats bjj border edgesRamped border strips are available as an accessory to your MMA mats and are available in gray only. The ramps are sold separately as a set of two. Corner pieces are not available. The tatami pattern will always run the long way on the ramp and may not match the texture pattern direction on your floor.

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

 

Installation & Maintenance

Greatmats grappling mat martial artsBe 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 diluted Pinesol and hot water as needed. Spot clean using a scrubby and a sponge. A walk behind auto cleaning machine is recommended for cleaning this flooring in large commercial areas.

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.

Ordering

Our MMA mats come with a 1-year limited warranty. Request a free sample of our MMA mat for your review and testing, or request a price quote online. Use our online floor plan designer to layout your new mixed martial arts floor using Greatmats grappling and MMA mats.

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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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Home MMA BJJ Mats 1-5/8 Inch

Home Martial Arts Mats for BJJ, Grappling and MMA

Greatmats BJJ Mats 2x2 foot 1-5/8 inchGreatmats’ Home MMA BJJ Mats are the perfect way to convert your garage, basement, or other home space into a studio of your very own. Practice jiu-jitsu and wrestling in the comfort of your own home to get a leg up on the competition.

Consider these mats for use with MMA studios, home grappling areas, BJJ workouts and mixed martial arts training.

Benefits of Home MMA BJJ Mats

  • Convert virtually any home space into a practice studio of your very own
  • Practice anytime that you want, and save on travel and studio sessions
  • Make the most of your lessons by practicing your skills at home
  • Keep yourself safe with these Jiu-Jitsu Mats for home
  • Install the floor in minutes thanks to the easy foam tile installation and interlocking tile design
  • Create a finished, attractive space by using the two edge pieces that come with each tile
  • Practice in comfort, since the durable tatami top texture does not create rug burns
  • Make the most of this anti-fatigue, lead free, and latex free safe practice space
  • Expand, move, and alter your floor as needed
  • Enjoy the reassurance of a 1-year limited warranty

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Home Studios

Greatmats Home BJJ Mats installed black and grayPut BJJ mats to work for you in your own home practice studio. With these BJJ mats for home, you can practice on the same professional quality mats that you use at the dojo. These 2×2 foot mats interlock like a puzzle for easy and secure installation that you can do yourself. Specifically designed for the abuse that comes with MMA training and competition, these mats are durable and are the perfect way to outfit your home studio for years to come.

The BJJ mat is used is by world champion BJJ fighters and professional MMA coaches/trainers such as 7-time world BJJ champion Rodrigo ‘Comprido’ Medeiros, who has coached the likes of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, current UFC welterweight Demian Maia and 11-time world champion Caio Terra.

Greatmats MMA Mats for home BJJ grapplingBJJ mats for home are a full 1-5/8 inches thick for plenty of shock absorption. They feature a durable tatami, no-burn surface texture which offers just the right amount of grip for footwork without causing rug burns. You can roll easily without sliding, and the slight grip helps to keep you from getting caught as you move.

If you’ve ever wanted a home studio of your own, need a safe practice space, or just want a home grappling area so that you can practice with friends or family, these Jiu-Jitsu mats for home are an affordable, practical and safe solution. They are specifically made for use with the grappling arts: Judo, Jiu Jitsu and MMA.

Choose from two color options: red/blue or black/gray combinations. These mats are double-sided and double-colored, so you can reverse them to create a dual-color design in your own home. While each mat comes with two edge pieces so that you can create a polished, clean edge, these mats can also be installed for a wall-to-wall fit. Simply cut them with a sharp utility knife. These puzzle mats BJJ can be installed on any hard, flat surface, even concrete.

Greatmats BJJ puzzle mats home useThe BJJ mats for home are suitable for both soft martial arts shoes and for bare feet. They are made from EVA high density foam. Completely waterproof, these durable mats will last you for years to come.

At 2×2 feet, the square mats are conveniently sized. They can ship via ground delivery instead of freight, saving you money and resulting in a faster delivery. These mats can also be easily stored in a closet, making them perfect for home use.

There’s no beating the convenience of having your own MMA studio in your home, and these BJJ mats allow you to create your own practice space at an economical price. With a studio of your own, you can practice in comfort. Your own practice space gives you a chance to work on the skills that you learn during lessons, so you can progress more rapidly with your training. Practice your skills in the peace and quiet of your own home, or invite friends over to prepare for upcoming tournaments or promotions.

Greatmats Home Jiu Jitsu Mats installed in home gymA home studio provides the perfect opportunity to grapple with trained friends or family. Work on your skills when it’s convenient for you without worrying about studio hours or transportation needs. With a home MMA or BJJ gym, you’re not limited to hours of operation. If you’re competing, there’s no better way to maximize your chances of success than by having your very own studio right at home.

Don’t forget the safety advantages of taking the time to create your own MMA studio. Practicing Jiu-Jitsu without a specially designed space can be dangerous, and takedowns can result in injuries. Whether you want a safe space for your own practice or you need a space to keep the kids safe as they learn their own skills, these home MMA mats can help to prevent injury from takedowns and falls on surfaces that are too hard.

Professional Studios

Greatmats BJJ Puzzle Mats 2x2 foot interlockingDo you need additional practice space for your professional Jiu-Jitsu or MMA studio? These BJJ mats may be the perfect solution. Convert any space into a safe practice and sparring space quickly. Installation is easy and fast with the interlocking design. Within minutes, you can have an extra space to use during training, workshops, or other events.

Looking for something larger for a professional studio? Our 1×1 meter Grappling MMA mats offer the same professional quality foam on a larger scale.

Home Gym Areas

Greatmats home grappling mats home gym spaceWe’ve had plenty of customers use these Jiu Jitsu mats in their home gym spaces. The mats create a cushioned workout space. If you will be doing floor exercises like crunches, these mats will take the sting and pressure out of exercising on hard floors. Home MMA BJJ mats also help to absorb some of the sound generated during workouts, making for a more enjoyable home gym space.

Please note that these BJJ mats are not intended for use with free weights, as dropped weights can damage the mats.

Installation

Greatmats Jiu Jitsu Mats 2x2 foot 1-5/8 inch InterlockingUnsure of just how many tiles you need, or how to create that perfect design? Give Greatmats’ Online Floor Plan Designer/Estimator a try. This online tool will help you to calculate just how much footing you need while minimizing the amount of material that may be wasted. It’s a great way to maximize your savings.

Before installing these jiu jitsu puzzle mats, let them acclimate to the room for 48 hours. Remove them from the carton so that they can fully adjust to the heat and humidity conditions. This will help eliminate struggles with expansion and contraction that is common with foam flooring.

Installing these home BJJ mats is easy and can be done without any professional help. These might be the easiest form of flooring to install. Begin with a clean floor, and start in a corner. Push the tiles together like a puzzle, working your way out from the corner until you can no longer fit full tiles. If you do not want to create a wall-to-wall mat, then simply add on the edge pieces for a clean, finished exterior at this point.

Greatmats BJJ Mats for Sale 1-5/8 inch thickWhen performing wall-to-wall installations, leave an approximately 1/2 inch gap around the perimeter of the room. This gap allows for the mats to expand, which can happen with fluctuations in heat and humidity. Measure the remaining distance between the tiles and the wall, and cut the remaining tiles to fit using a straight edge and utility knife. The tiles fit together like a puzzle, and you won’t need any glue or extra tools.

Precautions

Greatmats Jiu Jitsu Mats for Home Interlocking GrayWe recommend keeping direct sunlight off of the home jiu jitsu mats, since it can cause expansion. Additionally, steam cleaning the mats can cause them to expand.

These BJJ mats for home are designed for use with bare feet or soft shoes only. These mats are not rated for commercial use in high traffic areas.

Please note: 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 foam puzzle mats.

Maintenance

Greatmats Grappling Mats 2x2 foot 1-5/8 inch RedCleaning these mats is easy. The mats can be mopped with common household floor cleaners. Avoid using bleach. If you need to vacuum the mats, test the vacuum on an inconspicuous area before using it on the rest of the mat.

Shipping

BJJ mats for home ship in cartons via ground service to your door. For larger orders, products may ship via freight delivery. This product ships UPS Ground, FedEx Ground, and/or Freight.

Please review our shipping disclaimer.

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AKF Cartersville with Greatmats Cheerleading Mats for Martial Arts

AKF Family Martial Arts of Cartersville – Carpet Topped Mats

Instructor Donny Thompson Likes Feel and Functionality of Greatmats

 

By Brett Hart

AKF Grandmaster Kim and AKF Cartersville Donny Thompson Kyuki Do GreatmatsHaving trained in martial arts since 1983, AKF Family Martial Arts of Cartersville owner Donny Thompson has learned to appreciate the gentler side of the his sport.

A 4th Dan in Taekwondo, Thompson, beginning at the age of 12, regularly competed and admitted he wasn’t the nicest of competitors. So, after taking a break from martial arts when he started his family, he began looking for a place for his son to train that utilized a much friendlier approach.

He found that with Master Merrill Sinclair of Sinclair’s Kyuki-Do Martial Arts in Dallas, Georgia.

”It was non competition, which I loved,” Thompson said. ”I didn’t want my son to have to go through all of that.”

Although his son didn’t take to it as much as he’d hoped, Thompson’s love for the martial arts was reborn, and he has worked his way up to his 3rd Dan in Kyuki-Do, which he achieved in April of this year. Shortly thereafter, he opened his own school in Cartersville, Georgia.

Equipping Academy with Cheerleading Mats

AKF Cartersville with Greatmats Cheerleading Mats for Martial ArtsUnder the recommendation of the American Kyuki-Do Federation, which uses Greatmats martial arts mats in several of its schools, Thompson chose to equip his new academy with Greatmats 2 inch thick carpet-topped cheerleading mats.

Why cheerleading mats, you ask?

”I like the feel, personally, of the mat itself under your feet,” Thompson said. ”I was used to carpet on concrete, honestly, so it had that nice firm feeling, but when you hit the ground it’s not like hitting the concrete. … They’re thick enough to be cushiony, but they’re firm enough that you can do your techniques without sinking into the mat.”

”They’re very easy to clean,” he added. ”All you need is a vacuum, and they hold up very well. As long as you take care of them properly, they don’t have a problem lasting for years. Some of the vinyl tops, you have to worry about holes getting poked in them, and in the mornings, when it’s cold, they’re cold. These don’t have that problem.”

AKF Cartersville with Greatmats Carpet Topped Roll out Mats for Martial ArtsThese particular mats come in 42 foot rolls. So after cutting them to fit his space, Mr. Thompson had enough leftover to wrap them around the poles in his academy and use them as pole pads.

”They work totally awesome for that,” he said. ”I use the straps that came with the original ones, and it worked. I was very pleased. They’re thicker than a regular pole pad and so people can hit them harder.”

Family Oriented Environment

Greatmats Cheer Mat installation at AKF Cartersville Martial ArtsHaving found success back in the day competing with the United States Taekwondo Union, he’s now chosen a different path.

”We are family oriented,” he said, noting that he doesn’t what the message of his academy to being ”Look what I did” as much as ”Look what I can do for you.”

”It’s a whole different mindset (than competing),” he added.

That family-oriented mindset fits in perfectly with the AKF, which recently presented Thompson with his 3rd Dan Certificate at its annual Black Belt Extravaganza in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

”I go every year,” Thompson said about the Black Belt Extravaganza. ”It is immensely fun. … I come from a side of martial arts where… you rarely saw anybody from other schools unless you go to a tournament or a big test that everyone had to get together for. But for the most part, you did your own thing as far as schools went. The AKF is totally different. … Everybody’s there supporting each other. I go, not just for the seminars, but to see the people of the AKF – my martial arts family. We call ourselves the Kyuki-Do Nation, but we’re really the Kyuki-Do Family.”

Donny Thompson
AKF Family Martial Arts of Cartersville
Cartersville GA 30121
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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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Infinity Martial Arts – Mike Welch – National Championships

Infinity Martial Arts equips Schools and Tournaments With Greatmats

By Brett Hart

Infinity Martial Arts founder Mike Welch first discovered tricking while competing in tournaments as an American Tae Kwon Do practitioner. Now, a fifth-degree blackbelt, he is one of the nation’s premiere instructors in the sport. Greatmats Martial Arts Mats at Infinity Martial Arts Tournament Mike Welch and Orlowski

”That’s a really American style. I fell in love with it and then that’s what I started teaching,” Welch said. ”Now Infinity has six schools and it’s part of our programs. Kids can… learn the extreme stuff – the flashy weapons, the tricking and kicking – and again when we go to a tournament, and they’re throwing back flips and doubles and B twists and the tricks, it’s clutch. It’s better than slamming our feet on a wood floor.”

Recently Welch was approached by a good friend, and parent of one of his students, about starting his own tournament.

Infinity National Championships

sparring at Infinity Martial Arts Tournament with Greatmats Martial Arts Mats”We have the schools, so we have the judges and the competitors,” Welch said. ”Infinity is well known around the area through tournaments. It was kind of a perfect storm. We found the Kalahari and everything just… fit well like lego pieces.”

In 2016, Infinity Martial Arts hosted it inaugural Infinity National Championships, which drew approximately 300 competitors.

”A shout out to Jeff Orlowski and his wife Michelle Orlowski – my co-promoter,” Welch said. ”They put the details together. Everything you don’t see that’s behind the scenes, those details set us apart.”

The tournament featured eight competition rings and a stage equipped with Greatmats interlocking martial arts mats.

Greatmats Martial Arts Mats at Infinity Martial Arts Tournament”Mats are always a plus for a tournament,” Welch said. ”The Greatmats are nice because of how easy they are to put together and take apart. They lock in. They don’t bubble. They don’t stretch or anything like that. Our schools are using Greatmats, so it’s where we get some of the rings from.”

Before its second annual national championship tournament, which hosted competitors from 10 states and two countries, the tournament invested in more new mats from Greatmats.

demonstration on Greatmats Martial Arts Mats at Infinity Martial Arts Tournament”Again another Lego piece that just fit,” Welch said. The Infinity National Championships which host competitors of all ages utilizes three different 1×1 meter Greatmats interlocking Martial Arts Mats – Pro Martial Arts Mats Sport 20 mm, Martial Arts Karate Mat Premium 1 inch, and Grappling MMA Mats 1 5/8 Inch.

”The thicker ones come from the schools,” Welch said. ”We spend a little bit more money so that the schools have the thicker mats. It’s a nicer product. The thinner ones are easier to buy in bulk, but they work fantastic. None of the competitors are complaining about them. They’re not slipping. The mats aren’t sliding. They’re not coming apart, so even the thin mats – they’re perfect for our venue.”

Infinity Martial Arts

flipping on Greatmats Martial Arts Mats at Infinity Martial Arts TournamentAfter more than a quarter century of training in martial arts, Welch is now adding jiu jitsu to his arsenal, but says, ”Punching and kicking – That’s my pastime.”

While tricking is a relatively new form of martial arts, the Infinity Martial Arts’ program is especially unique in the upper Midwest, and it has grown to include six Wisconsin-based schools – located in Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Oregon, Fitchburg/Verona and Evansville.

”All of our instructors are competitors,” Welch said. ”They’ve been national and world champions. Our team is coming right out of our schools so that definitely sets us apart. We’re elite when it comes to that side of the sport.”

”Greatmats was a great addition to our tournaments, to our schools.”

Mike Welch
Infinity Martial Arts
Middleton WI 53562
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