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The Best Martial Arts Mats For Your Gym

When it comes to buy mats for your gym sometimes all the options can make the decision confusing. Try to decide what the best martial arts mats for your gym is can be a real nail biter. Not to despair! We have some answer which might make your decisions that little bit easier.

Different Kinds of Martial Arts Mats

There are a few different kinds of mats available which you would classify as martial arts mats. It is true that training mats can be used for a variety of activities but if you are asking specifically about martial arts training there are a few which comply.

One of the most obvious choices is the jigsaw mat. Jigsaw mats are a mats which are made from EVA foam. They are a sturdy mat which is inexpensive and light weight. They generally come in two tone so that you can create boarders in your training area. Jigsaw mats are also light weight which makes them great if you want to be move them around.

Tatami Martial Arts Mats

If you are looking for something more premium then tatami mats might be more your style. Tatami mats have a traditional tatami finish which is reminiscent of their Japanese connection. They are made from durable vinyl covering compressed foam. The rubber bottom makes them a good choice as a non-slip mats.

MMA Mats A Good Choice

The other great option is MMA mats. They are just like the tatami mats except that they come with a smooth surface. This is especially attractive when there will be a lot of grappling involved in the training as it reduces “mats burn”. Either way both tatami and MMA mats are a good choice when you are thinking about the best martial arts mats.

That said if you have any questions feel free to contact Direct Mats. Our friendly and knowledgable staff are always happy to help.

Best Martial Arts Mats

Tatami mats for judo and martial arts

Traditional Tatami Versus Modern Tatami Mats

Imagine mats being so comfortable that a whole nation uses them as flooring material in their rooms. Of course, I’m talking about the Japanese and their tatami mats. 

What are Tatami mats and What Makes Them so Special?

Tatami is a special type of mats which is a traditional flooring material in Japanese rooms. The core is traditionally made by using rice straw. However, the modern versions of tatami contain compressed woodchip boards or polystyrene foam. The Japanese use it as flooring material but they are also used for training traditional Japanese martial arts. Here are some of the advantages of tatami exercise mats.

Advantages of Traditional Tatami mats


Traditional Japanese tatami mats are great for the environment because they contain a large portion of rush straw. It is proven that these mats are air purifiers since they absorb nitrogen dioxide. You wouldn’t believe the influence these mats have on your surroundings. Also, these exercise mats are considered to be great insulators. As strange as it may seem, these mats are designed to keep your room cool during summer months retain warmth when it’s cold. 

Suitable for Both Training and Competitions

Modern tatami exercise mats are designed to be fitting in all surroundings and purposes. They have the quality needed for being used in competitions and the durability needed for commercial or domestic use. Whether in you gym or your home you will love them. The modern version is different to the tradition one as they are made from different material. To the untrained eye they look very similar and serve the same purpose.


Tatami exercise mats are as comfortable as mats get. They are supportive to the body and absorb pressure wonderfully. Natural, traditional tatami finish on our mats reduces the impact on your knees, back and joints while exercising. 


Designed for All Martial Arts

The modern version of these mats is often used in MMA organisations and for personal martial arts training. These mats are perfect for all martial arts, from Judo and Jiu-jitsu to Aikido, Kung-fu, and Karate. Anyone who has ever practiced martial arts will recommend our tatami mats. Our mats are also designed for high-impact sports and fitness training.

Our martial arts mats are made out of heavy-duty vinyl and a compressed sponge on the inside. The bottom is made out of rubber and has an anti-skid bottom so your mat wouldn’t go all over the place while you’re exercising. They have a slick tatami finish, are 40 mm thick and have a density of 230kg/cbm. 

Light, easy to install and clean

Tatami gym mats are light-weighted and easy to carry. It is as simple as beans to install the mat anywhere in the room or in the gym. 

Tatami mats are the perfect choice for your exercise, whether you’re working out in a gym or in the comfort of your home. You won’t make a mistake buying one of these. After all, the Japanese industry never fails. 

Photo of modern tatami below.



Direct Mats are a premium supplier of gym mats in the Australian market. We stock quality mats ranging from wall mats to floor mats. If you are looking at setting up a new gym or are simply replacing existing mats then give us a call. Our friendly customer service staff are knowledgable and always happy to help.