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Old 11-21-2006, 02:31 PM   #11
Jeremy Jones
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frames are waaay better than tape (tape wears out, leaves gunk, looks bad, etc).


There is a thread on here where a guy uses tires under a wooden frame (kind of like a spring floor in gymnastics). On top he used $wains. He had progression photos, and the gym looked SWEET.


We use Swains on concrete for 90% of our stuff. We have a large crash mat we bring out when working some more serious stuff like hard throws over and over again.
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Old 11-24-2006, 11:10 PM   #12
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Is there any one here from oz that has idears for the same thing ? Suppliers ?

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Old 11-24-2006, 11:15 PM   #13
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Swain mats are great - but like everyone is saying, make sure to frame them in, or they shift around and it doesn't feel good to get toes/fingers caught in those cracks.

Also, if you're used to a smoother wrestling mat type surface, the tatame mat surface takes a little adjustment because of the texture - but your skin will build up resistance after a bit.
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Old 11-27-2006, 02:57 AM   #14
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Along the Mats theme, my department is looking for mats. I need one that will withstand boots/shoes and duty belts. It has to be folding. I looked up,via internet, Zebra, Swain and others.Anyone recommend any in particular?
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Old 11-27-2006, 05:49 AM   #15
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Boots and shoes on grappling mats = ringworm and staph.
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Old 11-27-2006, 09:09 AM   #16
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Ugh, yeah. I'm sure Swain or Zebra mats will hold up - they're very tough. But it is surely inviting critters to breed on them as well. We had a problem with that at our jiujitsu school 'cause the boxing classes would wear their shoes, or people would walk across the mats without removing their shoes -- staph infections galore.
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Old 11-27-2006, 03:20 PM   #17
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Stephen our Department has the folding mats. I do not remember the brand. Sorry, I can check with the Academy.

We have the "Rookies" sweep and mop the mats daily when we use them. And let them dry. They use a mop with some disinfectant...if not then you get the staph.

We have not had any problems and the mats are about 6-7 years old.
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