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Old 01-22-2006, 03:57 PM   #1
Dwight Deckard
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For those of you who use the horse stall mats and also do stand-up martial arts - how suitable are these mats for that purpose? Do they interfere with footwork (pivoting/sliding motions) in any way? This is considering both barefoot and with wrestling/boxing type shoes.
I am setting up for a home studio/teaching area in my basement to accomodate crossfit as well as the martial arts that I practice and teach and I need input on what to best use over the concrete.
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Old 01-22-2006, 05:53 PM   #2
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Dwight,
A the risk of sounding like a smart *** - give 'em a try. Tractor Supply, where I got mine, thought it was great fun having me stomp around on them for a minute when I picked up the first few. I think you'll find they work just fine.
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Old 01-22-2006, 06:27 PM   #3
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Tony,
Thanks for the reply, and no, you didn't come off as a smart-***. The nearest place I've found for the mats is about 50 miles away so between that and trying to get everything organized for a new home build I just haven't had the chance to "stomp around on them". Sounds like just what I need.

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Old 01-23-2006, 05:31 AM   #4
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Dwight, the horse stall mats are hard and really don't mess with footwork. Unless your a rubber bumper plate, they don't absorb you getting thrown to the mat!
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Old 01-23-2006, 09:02 AM   #5
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Hard mats--ok for footwork--lousy for rolls/falls.
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Old 01-23-2006, 09:18 AM   #6
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Definitely not for throwing or falling, unless your ukemi is up to snuff. They are great for weight work, however, and have saved my ceramic tile from a lot of damage.
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:05 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Looks like I'll be outfitting the entire training area with these mats.
I have grappling mats already, was just looking for an alternative to bare cement, it gets pretty slick sometimes when doing full blast thai pads or sparring.
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Old 01-24-2006, 04:32 AM   #8
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Has anyone done any permanent or semi-permanent marking of their mats (besides tape)? I would like to put down some simple patterns for drilling things like Kali footwork and OL foot placement.
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Old 01-24-2006, 05:44 AM   #9
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Think your going to have to go with duct tape.
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Old 01-24-2006, 12:25 PM   #10
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Dwight,

If you are in Bloomington, IN there has GOT to be a place closer to you than 50 miles for the mats. Look around.

I just used paint for FMA footwork guides on my garage floor. Since the mats are black, I don't know if permanent marker would show dark enough to work, but it's probably worth a try.

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