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. They all required jiu-jitsu mats for training.
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.