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.

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.

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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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Field Set for 2017 National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Contest

Greatmats Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Award LogoMilltown, WI – Nine martial arts instructors from across the USA will face off in a friendly competition Nov. 16-30 as they vie for the title of 2017 Greatmats National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year. The contest, in its second year, is part of Greatmats 3rd Annual National Awards Series which honors instructors who have made positive impacts in their communities. The winner of the award will receive his/her choice of martial art mats or a cash option for his/her respective academy.

The public will have the opportunity to choose the two finalists for the award via a two-week social media vote on Greatmats Facebook page, starting Nov. 16.

This year’s nominees, hailing from eight different states, are:

 

Alabama

Renshi Lennis Darby of MajuKai Karate-Kobudo in Enterprise

Illinois

Master Ron Poholik of Pride Martial Arts in New Lenox

Kansas

Master Chip McClellan of Legacy ATA in Topeka

Minnesota

David Younglove of USA Karate in Rosemount

New Jersey

Vic Teran of International TKD Academy in Jersey City

South Dakota

Robin Buckingham of Buckingham’s Karate for Kids in Rapid City

Utah

Mike Tobin of Tobin’s Elite Academy of Martial Arts in Clearfield

Wisconsin

Robert Benton of World Martial Arts Academy in Muskego

Hanna Podbielski of Kettle Morain YMCA in West Bend

 

Learn more about the 2017 National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Award at https://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-national-martial-arts-instructor-of-the-year-contest.php

Through its National Award Series, Greatmats is also presenting awards to Dance Instructors, Cheerleading Coaches, Dog Trainers, Horse Trainers and Personal Trainers. Learn more about the National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php

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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Trenton Conway – Pushing Mental and Physical Boundaries

20-year-old Blue Blue Belt Absorbing All That is Jiu Jitsu

By Brett Hart

Trenton Conway grappling BJJ GreatmatsPushing mental and physical boundaries serve as plenty of motivation for 20-year-old Trenton Conway to continue is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training.

He says the combination of the competitive side, self defense and brotherhood/sisterhood of the sport make it very rewarding to him.

”I have met amazing people through jiu jitsu and friendships that will last a lifetime,” Conway said. ”My dad got me started in jiu jitsu when I was around 10. When he took me to my first class, I was hooked.”

While still young in the art, the blue belt now runs Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Harrison, Arkansas, with the help of owner David Phelps and professor Luis Rubalcava.

Trenton Conway team photo GreatmatsHe strives daily to perfect his craft, whether teaching, training or learning how to run a school, and he views his biggest accomplishment thus far being staying active as a competitor while teaching kids and seeing them win tournaments.

Conway, who also has background in judo and golden gloves boxing says jiu jitsu has taught him confidence, discipline and meditation – all things he plans to pass along to his students.

”After all, they are the future of jiu jitsu,” he said.

When not performing his duties at Mixed Martial Arts Academy, he trains at Professor Rubalcava’s school in Springdale, Arkansas.

Trenton Conway and Luis Rubalcava Greatmats”God, family and everybody under the Rubalcava Jiu Jitsu affiliation motivate me in life and in jiu jitsu,” Conway said, noting that his father and little sister also train in jiu jitsu. ”You know that saying. A family that trains together stays together.”

Competing in the American Grappling Federation
He recently competed in the Greatmats-sponsored American Grappling Federation’s Springfield BJJ Championships at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, on April 29, despite coming off an injury and moving up two weight classes. While he admits, he could have done better, Conway kept his head up saying, ”No excuses. There will be another one.”

Trenton Conway winner AGF tournament GreatmatsConway enjoys the AGF tournaments, saying they are some of the best run tournaments around.

”They are always on time,” he said. ”The staff is friendly, and there is high level jiu jitsu at every tournament.”

”You are going to have your great days in jiu jitsu and your bad days,” Conway added. ”The jiu jitsu journey is a roller coaster, mentally and physically. We have all had our days, but at the end of the day your jiu jitsu journey is your journey not any one else’s, so keep the journey going and keep rolling! It will be worth it in the end.”

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Trenton Conway
Mixed Martial Arts Academy
Harrison AR 72601
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Soul Fighters win AGF’s New Orleans BJJ Championships

AGF Draws Nearly All Louisiana Academys to New Orleans Championships

  The 2017 New Orleans BJJ Championships featured almost 400 competitors on June 10 held at the Alerio Center in Westwego, Louisiana. Soul Fighters Louisiana won the Overall Team Title by a landslide. The tournament was sponsored by Greatmats.

”We had representation from almost all of the schools in Louisiana, which was a really nice plus,” said tournament organizer, Chris Carlino. ”We had people competing from 7 different states as well.”

Soul Fighters Louisiana claimed the most points in Kids No Gi and Adults Gi divisions. They placed second in the Kids Gi and Adults No Gi divisions.

BJJ Revolution was the Overall Team runner up. They placed second in the Adults Gi and third in the Kids Gi divisions. They tied for sixth in the Kids No Gi division.

Cyclone BJJ claimed the Kids Gi Division title and placed second in the Kids No Gi and fourth in Adults Gi divisions. Cyclone BJJ placed third in Overall Team standings.

Clementi’s Gladiators Academy finished 38 points behind Soul Fighters for third place in the Kids No Gi Division.

Gracie Barra (Lake Charles) was the second runner up in the Adults No Gi Division, finishing 37 points behind BJJ Revolution.

No Limit Jiu Jitsu took third in the Adults Gi Division, coming in 123 points behind the divisional champ.

Top 10 Overall Team Scores

  • Soul Fighters Louisiana 485
  • BJJ Revolution 276
  • Cyclone BJJ 255
  • No Limit Jiu Jitsu 121
  • Empire MMA 91
  • Clementi’s Gladiators Academy 83
  • Gracie Barra (Lake Charles) 76
  • Busted Knuckle MMA 75
  • Alan Belcher MMA 74
  • Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu 72

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American Grappling Federation
Westwego LA 70094
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2017 AKF Leadership Summit

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The American Kyuki-Do Federation held its annual Leadership Summit on February 24-26 in Elgin, Illinois.

”Our annual summit is an opportunity to share ideas, find out what the state of the art is for our industry, reconnect with other school owners and meet the next crop of instructors and owners,” said, Master Rick Steinmaier, AKF Events Coordinator.

Master Steinmaier was pleased to see the event attended by representatives from AKF’s five newest affiliates – four of which opened within the last year and one is projected to open this year.

The new affiliates include Arlington Heights (Illinois), Burleson (Texas), Elgin East (Illinois), Granbury (Texas) and Sleepy Hollow (Illinois).

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