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Old 11-18-2006, 04:54 PM   #1
Anthony Bainbridge
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This is an equipment question, but I figured I'd get more responses in this section. I'm looking for info on how to properly setup mats over basement concrete.

Something like wood-->rubber mat-->grappling mat?

Also, any recommendations on brands? I was looking at dollamur and they seem like they would be convenient (ability to roll up/down would be VERY nice).
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Old 11-18-2006, 05:03 PM   #2
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Swain makes the best tatame mats.

http://www.swainmats.com/

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Old 11-18-2006, 05:31 PM   #3
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Cool, looks like Swain and Dollamur teamed up for the flexi roll mat I was looking at.

Do you have any suggestions for what I should put underneath? I don't imagine 2" of mat would feel great over a cold concrete floor.
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Old 11-18-2006, 06:23 PM   #4
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I have had the Swain mats on bare concrete and they feel ok for stand up stuff. For ground grappling I prefer either the interlocking rubber pads, or thick carpet padding underneath. This allows for comfort while on the ground with an occasional throw from standing. If we are doing many throws from standing I put down an extral layer of the Swain mats as a crash pad.
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Old 11-18-2006, 08:06 PM   #5
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If your Ukemi is in order then a single layer of Swain mats is ok.

I sent a BJJ guy home with a concussion a few days ago with a Ura Nage. I hit his head pretty hard. I didn't know he couldn't breakfall.
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Old 11-18-2006, 08:24 PM   #6
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visqueen works well to protect the mat from leeching stuff from the concrete. I've also seen thin foam that can be used as an underlayment. Also carboard boxes can be layed flat and work really well. You don't want to put nice mats on bare concrete for any length of time.
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Old 11-18-2006, 09:20 PM   #7
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I've heard of and seen people build there fighting platforms onto of tires. But that's only feasable if you have high cielings.
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:52 AM   #8
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You may want to check out www.zebramats.com they are what we use at the aikido dojo I attend. The price is actually a little less than the Swain prices and they look amazingly similar.
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Old 11-20-2006, 04:14 PM   #9
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If you use the zebra mat's make sure you tape them together, the place i practice at i spend quit abit of time pushing them together because they do move, we have alot of stubbed toe's on the crack's.

Zebra are nice mat's though even for standing drop's they work well.


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Old 11-20-2006, 04:21 PM   #10
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Don't tape them, frame them in.

I agree about the gaps, they suck.
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