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).
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.
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%.
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.
Martial arts are among the most popular sports in the world. Being able to protect yourself in a dangerous situation is exactly what lures many people to martial arts. On top of that, they will teach you discipline and will make you more humble, which are qualities that everyone should strive to have. If your gym offers martial arts classes, then you’ll need appropriate gym mats in order to ensure the safety of the participants. Similarly, if you have a garage gym, it’s imperative that you find good mats to avoid any potential physical risks.
There are a few different types of gym mats available on the market today, but EVA jigsaw mats are most likely the best you’ll find. Here are some of the main advantages of EVA jigsaw mats.
In order to practice martial arts properly, you’ll need to have good support when upright. Otherwise, you will waste a lot of energy on trying to maintain control. EVA jigsaw mats are made with non-porous, closed-cell EVA foam, which makes them more rigid than other mats, thus providing more support.
The cost of gym mats is extremely important to most people, since both owners of independent clubs and home users usually don’t always have a big budget. Even though both MMA mats and vinyl tatami mats are made using quality materials, they can be very pricey, thus making them unattainable for people who’re on a budget. On the other hand, EVA jigsaw mats are quite affordable. They come in a variety of thicknesses, but people usually choose between 20mm and 40mm thick mats.
The 20mm floor mats are cheaper and they’re commonly used in upright forms of martial arts like kick boxing, taekwondo, and karate. On the other hand, the 40mm mats are better for floor-based martial arts like judo and wrestling. Before you decide to buy new mats, make sure to check exactly what thickness suits you best.
The fact that you’re able to choose exactly how thick you want your gym mats to be is yet another advantage of the EVA jigsaw mats. Vinyl tatami mats are usually found only in 40mm thickness, which means that you wouldn’t exactly be suitable for upright forms of martial arts.
One of the best things about EVA jigsaw mats is how light they are. This will make it easier for you to transport them from one place to another. They’re easy to lift, so you will have no problem storing them wherever you choose to. On the other hand, if you go with vinyl mats, you will have difficulty moving them from place to place, since they’re made out of heavy materials.
When buying gym mats, you want a product that is going to remain in good condition for a long time. Thankfully, EVA jigsaw mats are made from ethylene vinyl acetate, which is an elastomeric polymer that is known for its durability and resilience.
Studies have shown that if you lead a healthy and active life you will live longer and will be less susceptible to illness and therefore a early death. Whilst there are a lot of hereditary diseases out there most illnesses are due to poor lifestyle choices. This is why people increasingly find themselves leading more active lives including exercising more regularly. Regular exercise is recognised as the best way to keep your weight in check and good cardiovascular health.
To achieve a balanced life is not easy and not all people have time to go out or go to the gym. That is why people find themselves training more and more at home. Whether in the garage, outside or some other spare space it is always easier and faster to just do it at home. But to be able to train effectively at home it is necessary to have the right equipment. Whilst the first thought may be to equip oneself with weights, exercise bikes and training machine scant regular is often given to the right gym mats.
Indeed gym mats should be one of the first things anyone should think about when deciding to train at home. Gym mats are probably the most important piece of equipment that you could have in your home. Gym mats are suitable for all sorts of activities and have many benefits to offer. Gym mats are made from foam which acts to absorb impact when training. It is the fact that gym mat are made from EVA foam that they are so great. It is also why they are also called foam mats.
Foam mats are not only a popular for home use and fitness fanatics. They are also very popular with professional gyms. Which is why next to you go to a gym make sure you check it out and see what kind of training mats they are using.
Ever since the advent of “The Biggest Loser” people have been more interested in losing weight and keeping fit. Indeed it is not a phenomena confirmed to Australia, it is something that can be found in America with a show of the same name and even in places like Croatia where they call the show “Zivot na vagu” which lousy translate to “life on the scale”. No matter what they call it it is about people working out and dieting to try and lose weight and look good.
When people watch such shows they inevitably try and ind a place to work out. Some will go to their local gym or join some sporting activity like boxing or karate. Other with choose to simply train at home. For those who choose to train at home they will set up a home gym so that they have place to train. When they do sit up a place at home to train they will need to think about getting some jigsaw mats.
Jigsaw Mats are essential when setting up a training area for yourself at home. Jigsaw mats are necessary because they not only give you a defined area but they offer a safe place to train on a mat with anti-fatigue mat qualities. Jigsaw mats are available in a number of colour options which are designer to match your training area. Your jigsaw mat can also come in different thicknesses so that they can be tailored to the intensity of your training regime.
Jigsaw mats have been used for gym training and personal training for years now. Indeed they are often referred to as gym mats as they are primary used for professional gyms and home gyms alike. Gym mats are made from EVA which is a type of plastic which has absorbing quality similar to rubber or compressed foam. EVA has perfect anti-fatigue qualities which are ideal for a training environment.
So next time you are looking at setting up a home gym or professional gym look no further then jigsaw mats. They are the ideal training mat for any training area.
There are heaps and heaps of different martial arts out there. There are of course the traditional ones like karate, kung fu and judo. Then there are the more contemporary martial arts like Krav Maga and BJJ which have become more popular in the past few years. Whatever your martial art style one thing is for certain. Your need jigsaw mats in your training area.
Jigsaw mats are such a integral part of martial arts training that they are often referred to as martial art mats. People think of them as martial arts mats because they have often seen them in martial arts schools. They will also frequently be referred to as gymnastics mats because they can be found in gymnastic school and organisations that practice acrobatic activities
Whatever you call them jigsaw mats are a necessity for any martial arts school. Martial arts training is often vigorous and requires some protection from impact with the floor. Although jigsaw mats can not prevent you from any and all injuries they may be helpful in reducing the impact. Indeed martial arts mats are a necessity for every martial arts school. If you take your martial arts seriously and want your student to be protected then you need to consider jigsaw mats.
Training on hard surfaces can lead to long term injury. Constantly jumping up and down and rolling around on the ground can cause injury due to the stress on your bones and muscles. Fortunately for all the gym junkies out there we have a solution. Direct Mats now offers jigsaw mats and puzzle mats which if used correctly and in conjunction with a well thought out training regiment can reduce the impact of hard training on the body, helping to prevent injury and ensuring maximum fitness.
As mentioned above regular training on hard surfaces can lead to impact injuries, bruises and broken bones. While there is no substitute for common sense and taking care during training, with foam mats these injuries can be prevented. The main benefit of these jigsaw mats, the company says, is that they allow individuals to train longer and harder than they otherwise could by reducing the impact on the body. We supply gym mats for high-impact training such as martial arts and cross-fit training, but in practice, these mats are suitable for practically any activity. Thicker puzzle mats are appropriate for more intense, higher impact sports, such as MMA, while lower thickness mats are more suitable for sports like yoga and gymnastics.
The majority of our foam mats are made from EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate), a blend of a rubbery copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate, often used in the soles of sports shoes. This material has a proven ability to absorb shock and protect delicate joints and tendons from injury. Gym mats come in a variety of thicknesses, tailored for different use scenarios. At the moment, the company supplies puzzle mats in 20mm, 30mm and 40mm widths, as well as a variety of specialised tatami and MMA mats in 40mm.
Direct Mats is one of Australia’s leading supplier of gym mats. It currently supplies safety mats to a range of organisations, including schools, sporting clubs, government training details and commercial gyms. Part of the appeal of our products is that they are amenable to practically any environment. Jigsaw mats, in particular, can be customised to any facility or room, offering a temporary or permanent floor covering to improve safety and boost comfort. The mats are easy to lay on any floor and are both durable and highly portable.
MMA mats are manufactured using heavy duty vinyl. They have a smooth finish, helping to reduce friction burns while providing maximum impact cushioning. Currently, the MMA mats from the company are available in 40mm in either black or grey and offer a low-cost solution compared to other leading brands in the industry.
For other martial arts, the company offers tatami mats. These are appropriate for a range of hand-to-hand fighting sports, including judo, jiu-jitsu, aikido, karate, kung fu and BJJ. These foam mats come in a variety of finishes, depending on the customer’s needs.
To find out more about the products or to make an inquiry about freight costs, go to https://directmats.com.au to get in touch with the company