Israel Adesanya made headlines by knocking out Robert Whittaker with a right hook-left hook combination at 3 minutes, 33 seconds of the second round in the main event of UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia. The fight took place on Saturday before a huge crowd of 57,127 spectators.. Adesanya has now unified the middleweight title with the stoppage victory against Whittaker. Although Adesanya was a favourite to win he was not a heavy favourite considering Whittakers reputation. Israel came in as the interim champion, and Whittaker was the lineal champion (I would explain the different but not now. Maybe next time).
There seems to have been a resurgence or gyms lately especially with the advent of the 24 hour gym. Indeed 24 hour gyms are all the rage at the moment and have really taken away a lot of business from regular traditional gyms. Traditional gyms are struggling nowadays because people want flexibility away from all the contracts and nonsense. I mean how important is it to be able to buy a protein shake from the gym bar when all you need is a vending machine with some water and juices. Even though the format of gyms is changing lots of the fundamentals have stayed the same.
Even though some things have changed there is one thing that hasn’t – the need for foam mats. Although you will still find carpet in the main areas and rubber mats under the weight you will still find foam mats in almost ever gym. That is because almost every gym still needs to have an aerobic type of train area. Any time you have vigorous activity happening you need to have some foam mats to lessen the impact. Gym owners know that the training public demands it and of course the customer is always right. Plus there is the added benefit of reducing the impact of training so the gym users can keep coming back
The most common form or foam mats are jigsaw mats. Jigsaw mats are the most popular form of foam mats because they can be easily installed and they are inexpensive. They are also easy to replace if one of them gets damaged, instead of having to replace them all. The other alternative would be to have a patch where something has happened which would look unseemly. Jigsaw foam mats have been around for ages simple because they are so convenience and gyms were amongst the first to embrace them.
Although gyms were amongst the first to embrace foam mats they are not the last. You can bet that you will see them wherever you go for years to come yet.
In the world of fight there are a heaps of different martial arts and most of them are traditional. Some martial arts are modern like Krava Maga, the Israeli martial art, and Sambo from Russian, but the vast majority are traditional. In saying they are traditional martial arts I mean that they have historical significance which sometime includes ceremonial aspects. These traditional martial arts come from everywhere including Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, France, Africa and so forth. Every tribe and people it would seem has a traditional form of fighting.
Two of the traditional martial arts from Japan are karate and jiu-jitsu. Both of the martial arts are traditional and both of the arts require some kind or training mats as part of their training. Jiu-jitsu requires jiu-jitsu mats and karate requires karate mats. Whilst both these arts are similar in that they are both from Japan and both require martial arts mats for training, this is where the similarities end. Whilst they might have these two things in common essential they are different which is reflected in the type of mats they use for training.
Karate means empty hand in Japanese. Essential karate is a form of unarmed combat. Saying that it does have some weapons but they main focus of the art is hand to hand fighting. The art uses kicks and punches to defeat an opponent. There are some throws involved but they a just rudimentary. Karate is thought of as a hard style due to the yelling and such but a good and seasoned fight is in tune with both his / her mind and body. The hazard in karate is in getting hit and falling to the ground which is why having karate mats is so important. Karate mats help reduce the impact with the ground therefor minimising impact.
In karate the kind of martial arts mats used is usually jigsaw mats. The jigsaw mats are made from EVA which is a closed cell mats. There are schools of karate that use traditional tatami mats. But you usually find them in places like Okinawa in very traditional schools. These day the karate mats being used tend to be jigsaw mats. Also karate mats tends be 20mm jigsaw mats or at the most 30mm jigsaw mats as they offer enough protect from falls but don’t inhibit stand up training. The 40mm jigsaw mats tend to be used by grappling arts that do most of their training on the floor.
This brings us to jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu is also a traditional Japanese martial art. Jiu-jitsu, or jujutsu as it is also know, means “gentle art” in Japanese. This is because it endeavours to take a soft approach to self-defence and uses minimal strikes like punching and kicking. Jiu-jitsu, or jujutsu, mainly uses throws and submissions to subdue an opponents. The aim is to have the opponent to submit without getting hurt or causing injury to the victim of the attach, the jiu-jitsu practitioner. Even though it is referred to as the gentle art there is still a chance to get injured during training which is why jiu-jitsu mats or jujutsu mats are required for training.
As mentioned before the type of mats required my karate and jiu-jitsu are different. With jiu-jitsu there is an emphasis on throws just like in judo. The need to practice throws means that there is a need for jiu-jitsu mats to be able to offer more protection during training. For this reason jiu-jitsu mats are usually 40mm thick or more. Sometime 40mm jigsaw mats are used but more often they are tatami mats. Tatami mats have the traditional tatami finish. They come with an inner compressed foam and an outer vinyl cover. The thickness of the jiu-jitsu mat means that there is less opportunity for injury during training which is what makes them so good for this kind of training.
It is hard to believe that something that happens half a world away could effect jigsaw mats pricing in Australia. Just as throwing a stone on a lake can have a ripple effect so can the political gyrations in another country have an effect on what happens right here. When there is a major event overseas it inevitable effects the markets and all the markets are intertwined. That explains why the ASX will go down after a major down turn in the Dow Jones or Nasdaq. So it is not inconceivable that such an effect can be had on the market for jigsaw mats or MMA mats.
In Europe yesterday the markets were hit with the news that Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, resigned after a rival tabled a no-confidence vote against him and called for new elections. With the Northern League surging in the polls, fresh elections could be held if a new coalition government cannot be formed. The political turmoil in the Eurozone’s 3rd largest economy (Italy) could further dent fragile confidence in the European economy. The European block is the world’s largest economy so should things turn sour there then you can bet your bottom line that that will reverberate throughout the entire world. Even the market for jigsaw mats and MMA mats.
So what can we expect the effect to be on jigsaw mats and MMA mats? Well as with all martial arts mats, jigsaw mats are produced using closed cell EVA. This is why they are also often referred to as EVA Mats. Should world events have an effect on commodities then they will also have an effect on EVA mats as the material used to make the mats is a tradable commodity. So if the markets somehow effect the supply chains, such as Trumps trade war with China, then it is not hard to imagine the effect it would have on jigsaw mats and MMA mats. So when you hear of something happening in Italy like political turmoil, or protect in Hong Kong, then logically your thought should focus on what effect those events might have on markets that you rely on.
Some like Direct Mats rely heavily on the markets for the raw materials used to make jigsaw mats and MMA mats. So it is only natural that they would keep track of these events to understand how they might effect their business and give them a chance to plan ahead.
Home gyms are a wonderful thing to have. They give you the freedom to training when ever you want and how ever you want. You don’t have to worry about sweaty equipment left behind by the grubs that frequent these gyms, dirty towels all over the place and machines being used when you want to use them. Sure the proliferation of 24 hour gyms helps but with cheaper gyms come more of the above. So doing it yourself is a great way to go. The best thing is that you don’t have to be loaded to be able to do it. People from all demographics have access to great gym equipment to buy.
That is why people opt to have their own home gyms these days. Sure there are draw backs with have a home gym. Firstly you need to have the space. Secondly you have to fork out for all the equipment. But despite the draw backs people are still aiming for having just that. And these days you don’t have to be a millionaire to have your own home gym. The most important thing is that you have some MMA mats or EVA mats to start with. It is important to have some good MMA or EVA mats in your home gym because you want to start off doing things right.
When thinking about the best equipment for your mats should be the first thing on your mind. With MMA mats and EVA mats there are a few things you should be looking out for. Are they good quality? Will they last long? How much do they cost and will they fit within your budget? These are all things that you should think about before you embark on fitting out your home gym. If you pick the wrong MMA mat or EVA mat then you might regret it. So chosing the right mat and taking the time out to get the best training mats for your gym is always worth the effort.
There has been volatility in the markets of the last week due continued trade friction between the two largest economies. The devaluation of the RMB by the Chinese Central Bank also sent shock waves through out the world markets. The result of which were a fall in the AUD and general volatility in the stock market includes the market for jigsaw mats. The fluctuation in the value of the AUD in particular has had an enormous effect on the sale of jigsaw mats, most of which come from overseas and are valued in USD.
Furthermore, the RBA cut its growth forecasts for the Australian economy for this year to 2.5% and reduced its expectations for 2020. It also pushed out the date for which it expects inflation to return to target. The RBA has already cut interest rates by 0.5% and the door was left open for further cuts. The market factoring in further easing in November and February, which could see the interest rate cut to a historic low of 0.5%. The current rate is 1%.
Donald Trump again rattled markets by saying that he would impose an extra 10% tariff on $300billion of Chinese imports from September 1st. The new tariff is on remaining goods that had not yet been targeted by Trump. This came after two-day talks between American and Chinese negotiators ended with little signs of progress. The next round of meetings is scheduled for September so there will be some wait before there is any more negotiations on the matter. The news shook financial markets with stocks dropping in both the US and globally. In Australia the AUDUSD is traded below 0.68 for the first time in a decade.
The drop in the value of the AUD is not good news for Australia. Although it makes exports cheaper it has the opposite affect for imported goods. Unfortunately Australia is not strong in manufacturing so it is not like there is going to be a sudden boom in goods export. Our farmers might benefit a bit but there is no real benefit overall. It is not like manufacturing countries like Germany, China or the USA who see tangible benefits when their currencies depreciate.
So what can we expect from the latest depreciation in the AUD? We can expect the price of gym mats to go up. Gym mats and other training mats such as MMA mats, tatami mats and jigsaw mats are manufactured overseas. These mats are mostly manufactured in China and are then shipped to Australia. They are also priced in USD which means that any change in the exchange rate has an effect on the cost of gym mats when they arrive here. Gym mats are not the only goods which are effected my a fluctuating exchange rate. Other goods such as cars, furniture and TVs are also effected.
So Trumps latest tariff is sure to have a negative effect on the Australian economy. This is why the markets have reacted in the way they have and punished the Australian Dollar. As Australia is highly dependant on the Chinese for exports it is assumed that any negative effect on China will translate into a negative impact here. What they don’t realise is that when America attacked Chinese exports and by extension their manufacturing sector the Chinese just invest more in infrastructure which which requires the minerals that Australia sells. Once they realise that then things will go back to normal.
When you think about exercise you most likely think about working out in the gym, running, or doing weights. Our normal perception of exercise is more regimented and formal. This is probably a reflection of what life has become when someone reaches adulthood. Somehow we forget they being active doesn’t need to mean joining the gym or a pilates class. Although there is nothing wrong and everything right about having standardised exercise regimes.
For kids exercise can means a lot more than the kind of exercises that adults typically take part in. For kids it is more a matter of playing and being physically active. Kids tend to have the opportunity to exercise much more often than adults. They get to exercise when they have physical education at school, during recess, at soccer practice, while riding bikes and scooters, or when playing hop scotch. They only get the chance to do this if that are cooped up somewhere playing computer games as is the trend nowadays.
Benefits of Exercise For Kids
Active kids benefit by having:
- stronger muscles and bones
- leaner healthier bodies
- less risk of obesity
- a lower chance of diabetes
- lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
- more positive attitudes
- better sleep
- more friends
It is essential that kids have a good surface to play on when they are engaging in these activities. To this end gym mats are absolutely necessary. Having gym mats whilst exercising means there is less of an impact on limbs and joints. With good gym mats kids can play longer without whilst lowering the risk of impact related injuries. While it is difficult to pinpoint the best kind of gym mats a very popular type is jigsaw mats.
Jigsaw mats have been know to be extensively used in schools and other organisations. With jigsaw mats you have an inexpensive product which is highly beneficial for kids engaging in physical activity. It doesn’t even need to be a formal activity. Kids can play and jump around on jigsaw mats during recess or play all sort of game.
Amanda Nunes defeated Holly Holmes to retain her bantamweight belt at UFC 239. The fight started out in Holmes’ favour as she pressed the fight forward throwing head kicks and pretty much showing a strong stand up fight. Amanda defended well even though she was on the back foot for a while. Although the fight was looking promising for Holly, Amanda was able to hold on and eventually turned the fight around. After some near misses she landed a round house kick flush on Holly’s head which sent her to the mat. The was no recovering from what was a powerful kick and the fight was declared in favour of Nunes.
What is next for both Nunes and Holmes is anyones guess. Holmes is a former champion but has had mixed results in her fight career. She is still a skilled and talented fighter and this loss to Nunes will not effect her legacy in the UFC. As a mixed martial artist she is ranked up there with the best of them. Unfortunately the women’s division is packed with other equally talented fights making it difficult for any one fighter to dominate.
Amanda Nunes with continue on her journey as the champion. She will surely continue her training on MMA mats and jigsaw mats to maintain her skill and keep her ready for her next fight. There are still a lot of other contenders in the division who will want a crack at the title. Who her next opponent is will probably be decided in the no too distant future. What is sure is that this bantamweight division will continue to excite for some time to come.
The Reserve Bank in their infinite wisdom cut interest rates by another quarter percent. Te initial reaction of the markets was to push the AUD lower. The losses of Monday and Tuesday recovered and the AUD went though 0.7030 which now seems to be a point of resistance. Rallies in global stock markets drove the American indices to all-time highs, although one point of warning is that stock markets peak three to six months after the Fed’s first rate cut of an easing cycle.
In other news the Australian economic data was encouraging as the country recorded its highest ever trade surplus. Export values increased by 6% and imports by 1%. The increase in overall trade will be a boon to GDP. It is strange that even in face of record trade surpluses the economy needs a boast through lower interest rates. Either the government is doing something wrong or we need to rip out even more iron ore out of the ground.
Luckily for the price of jigsaw mats the lift in the AUD is supporting the current price structure. It was feared that any further decline in the price of the AUD would impact jigsaw mat pricing. As it is the price of jigsaw mats and EVA mats is current stable and should remain so in the distant future. This is great because EVA mats have never been more popular then they are right now. They continue to fly out the door at an unprecedented rate. With any luck this should be our biggest year ever for EVA mats and jigsaw mats.
Alexander Rakic beat Jimi Manuwa at the UFC Fight Night in Stockholm. Rakic from Austria landed a spectacular head kick to win by knockout at 42 seconds into the first round in Sweden. Manuwa is the best opponent that Alexander has faced so far in his fledgeling career. He certainly made an impression with what was a quick and violent end to the much anticipated fight.
Rakic will now certainly return to the gym mats to further his training in anticipation for more fights in the future. The seasoned Thai boxer now has five wins to him name in the UFC and at a relatively young age of 27, will certainly have many more fight both on the jigsaw mats and in the ring. Generally fighters of his calibre would be inclined to use jigsaw mats when chosing which gym mats to use during their training camps.
A day after he retired MMA fighter Conor McGregor has apparently been investigated for sexual assault. The alleged incident apparently took place in a hotel in Ireland that McGregor frequents. Whilst being investigated no charges have been laid and the star is yet to be convicted and no further information is known. The investigation comes one day after Conor announced his retirement from the sport. Citing his immense wealth and other business interests Conor indicated that he has no more interested in competing in the sport. It makes sense considering the $100M that he earned from his Mayweather fight and other business interests he has going on.
In other news Direct Mats has a new shipment of MMA mats coming to Sydney. The MMA mats will be coming to our Sydney warehouse but will be available for delivery Australia-Wide. The shipment will consist of MMA mats, jigsaw mats and tatami mats:
- Black MMA Mats
- Grey MMA Mats
- Black Tatami Mats
- Grey Tatami Mats
- Black/Grey Jigsaw Mats
- Black/Grey Tatami Jigsaw Mats
The new delivery lift our stock level and make sure we have a continual stock available for our valued customers.
You may have noticed but the Australian dollar has been very volatile against the American Dollar. In fact it has lately been volatile against all the major currencies including the Yen, the Euro and the British Pound. The reason for this is varied but it has been a consistent theme since the beginning of the year. Against the USD this can be explained by the trade war between China and the USA. Australia being highly dependent on China for trade means any time there is an issue there it effect our currency. The Euro is being influenced by economic troubles there and the British Pounded has been pounded (excuse the pun) by uncertainly about the Brexit.
The biggest impact on Australia is when there is extreme fluctuation with the USD. Australia is a commodities bases economy with all our major exports sold in USD. So any fluctuation there has an extreme impact on us. This also includes imports like MMA mats and jigsaw mats. Obviously when the value of the AUD goes down then the cost of our exports to other markets also goes done. This usually has the effect of increasing demand for our exports. On the flip side when the dollar goes down it also has an effect on MMA mats and jigsaw mats by increasing their price. Both MMA mats an jigsaw mats are a consumer product and are not considered a commodity. If the price for them goes up in one country it is not easy to find a replacement. So in effect if it difficult to switch suppliers.
It is for this reason that the price of both MMA mats and jigsaw mats could go up in the future if the value of the Australian Dollar continues to fall against the American dollar.
- New gym openings especially MMA and BJJ
- Gyms replacing old mats and upgrading
- Government departments increasing spending
- People seeking new fitnesses challenges
It is then no wonder that there are currently multiple containers heading for Australia filled with jigsaw mats and other training and martial arts mats. It is expected that this trend with continue despite the fluctuating AUD.
Exercising is extremely important for leading a healthy lifestyle. There are countless benefits of regular exercise including improved brain function, increased energy levels, enhanced immune system, and a lower risk of developing serious diseases like cancer. On top of that, it’s important to note that active people have an improved sense of well-being and are able to sleep better. But, when it comes to exercising, it’s important that people do it right.
Having the right equipment is essential for working out properly. Gym mats are without a doubt one of the most important pieces of exercise equipment. They are an excellent choice because they can be used for numerous exercises. Their main purpose is to make an individual’s body comfortable during the workout. Nevertheless, there are a few different types of mats available on the market today, so it’s important to do proper research before getting an exercise mat.
Gym mats are great for workout because they give necessary balance during exercises. On top of that, they protect both elbows and knees. Gym owners should consider using mats because it will help keep their floors clean by keeping sweat away from it. It’s worth mentioning that mats can always be rolled up or doubled over to provide additional padding. Apart from offering health benefits, gym mats are also great because they are durable, tough, and easy to clean.
Individuals who work out at home probably won’t see gym mats as very expensive, while gym owners may need to invest a larger sym if they want to protect their floor. Nevertheless, there is no denying that mats are essential for proper execution of certain exercises. But before committing to buying gym mats, it’s recommended to get familiar with the various types that are available for sale today.
Jigsaw mats are without a doubt a great choice for martial arts, no matter whether someone plans on using them for a large dojo facility or just a small grapping area. These mats have the ideal thickness that will keep the participants safe at all times. They are great for martial arts because they offer incredible stability. When someone practices MMA on jigsaw mats, they will be provided with good support when upright.
On top of all this, interlocking jigsaw mats are incredibly easy to set up. Since they’re lightweight, they can easily be carried. Another advantage of getting jigsaw mats is that they are extremely durable.
Although jigsaw mats are suitable for different kinds of martial arts, MMA mats are a much better option. However, it’s important to note that they’re also the more expensive option. MMA mats offer better protection against injury than jigsaw mats because they are thicker. They also offer incredible stability, durability, and firmness.
These mats are noted for their smooth finish and an anti-skid bottom, a great feature that keeps movement to a minimum. MMA mats are very comfortable because they’re made from heave-duty vinyl and compressed sponge. They are suitable for any kind of martial arts, including aikido, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, karate, and more. These mats are perfect for both a large dojo facility and for people who simply want to improve their martial arts skills at home.
Tatami mats are ideal for high impact sports. They are intended for use both in gyms and at homes. These mats are made from heavy duty vinyl and compressed sponge, which means that they have a high comfort level. They also feature a rubber anti-skid bottom. This means that there’s no need to worry about the mat moving once it gets placed on the floor. They are 40mm thick, and are a great choice both for training and competitions.
I must admit that I am the a greatest fan of professional golf. It looks like a fun game and I would like to place it some day but most professional golfers look like escaped cast members of “The Hobbit”. It was with that in mind that I found myself fascinated in my sudden interest in golf the last few months. You see after many years in the wilderness all the sudden Tiger Woods was making waves again. Whilst not a fan of Tiger per se I was interested in the tale of the come back kid making his way to the top. Judging by the crowds at the US PGA tour on the weekend I was not the only person. Indeed it seemed that everybody was mesmerised by the return of Tiger Woods to top form.
After teasing us over the last few weeks with near misses at other events Tiger Woods has finally won his first title in five years. What will go down as the biggest comeback in sporting history Tiger lifted a remarkable victory with a two-shot win in the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. Tiger was able to fend off a spirited challenge from the likes of Justin Rose and fellow American Billy Herschel to win his 60th title an pocket $US1.62 million in the process.
“All of a sudden it started hitting me that I was going to win the tournament,” Woods said. “It’s been a tough few years.”
This outstanding victory is sure to elevate Woods’ profile and standing in the sporting community. He will surely receive some huge offers from sponsors following this remarkable outcome. Indeed Direct Mats CEO has stated that he would love to come on board as a Tiger Woods sponsor in the near future. “Tiger would be a great advocate for our jigsaw mats and foam mats.” said Direct Mats CEO. “You know it what our mats are about. Sometimes you get hit. Sometimes you hit the floor. But with the right support you can always get back up,” he said.
Jiu-jitsu has become increasing popular in the west. For a long time Japanese jiu-jitsu has be very popular. When the vets came home from WWII they brought with them the various martial arts they encountered. Amongst then were judo, karate and jiu-jitsu. All of them has their particular appeal and with time generate there fan-base. Jiu-jitsu although a little less mainstream became popular amongst martial arts aficionado. What appealed to them was the esoteric nature of the art and the mix between grappling and stand up fighting.
Later on when we saw the explosion of BJJ or Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. This mainly came about after the Gracie’s changed all other martial arts and one. The site of a small guy in a traditional Japanese Kimono shocked the martial arts world and lead to a huge interest in the art. What started off as an unknown arts in the world expanded into BJJ schools and competitions all over the place. You can now find BJJ where ever you go and the standard is very high.
With the explosion of JJ and BJJ has come the increase demand for Jiu-Jitsu Mats. Jiu-Jitsu mats have become very sort after by martial artist all over the world. There are generally two kind of jiu-jitsu mats. They are:
- EVA Jigsaw Mats
- Tatami Mats
Eva Mats are martial arts or jiu-jitsu mats which are made from EVA material. It is a foam like material which has the benefit of being able to absorb impact or energy. So when something impacts with EVA material it simple absorbs the impact and then returns to it original shape. This is an ideal quality for activities like jiu-jitsu in which the practitioner is very likely to fall to the floor. Rather then hitting the surface and getting injured, like with concrete, The impact is absorbed somewhat thereby reducing injury.
The other kind of jiu-jitsu mats is tatami mats. These mats more resemble the traditional mats used in Japanese martial arts except that they are manufactured using compressed foam covered in heavy duty vinyl. While they can still me arrange like the more traditional grass mats they are inherently more durable and easier to clean. They are also much cheaper then the traditional variant. These jiu-jitsu mats are commonly found in professional environments.
Tatami mats originated in Japan and are a traditional form of flooring that’s made of a combination of cloth and woven rush. The flooring has a certain thickness and provides some cushioning as well. The Tatami mats that we supply have some of the properties of these traditional mats and then some more. These products are used in martial art studios, yoga studios, gyms and fitness centres. They are made of compressed foam and vinyl and have a lightly textured surface that makes them look like the traditional mats.
We at Direct Mats are a credible and long-standing company that has been operating in this space for a number of years. We can provide you all the information you need about Tatami Mats and this can help you make a more well-informed decision about the products you want. Most people prefer to buy grey or black mats and these are the standard colours available. However, if you have a requirement for other colours, we can supply those as well.
Why use Tatami mats?
- Our Tatami mats are available in different thicknesses and you can choose based on the space they are going to be installed in and the setting they are required for.
- If you know that the space is going to see a lot of use, you should opt for thicker mats of a higher density.
- These floor mats don’t absorb any sweat odours and they also resist the build-up of bacteria.
- They provide the right amount of cushioning and firmness which also makes them ideal for areas where young children come for martial arts or yoga training.
When you are looking for mats for any high-activity areas, Tatami mats are one of the best options for you. We at Direct Mats are a premier supplier of all types of Tatami mats and can provide customised solutions. For any more information, feel free to call us at this number-1300 168 829. Alternatively, you can send us queries via this Online Form as well.