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  1. PPlate is offline

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    9/19/2006 5:40am


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    DIY Judo Mats?

    Hi
    Does anyone have any idea of how to make your own judo mats, or use cheap substitutes in order to convert a room for grappling training?

    I've looked at jigsaw mats but they're hard to clean and get disgusting after awhile.

    Perhaps get some high density foam and some type of cover for it?

    I'm mostly doing BJJ with some throws and takedowns. Thanks!
  2. pauli is offline

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    keep throwing uke till the floor softens up a bit.

    jigsaw mats aren't hard to clean. by my math, when we clean the mats every saturday, we spend one man-minute per mat. of course, they aren't particulary great for landing on...

    if you can put them over a layer of carpet and a layer of foam, they're not so bad.
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    hi pauli
    thanks for the reply. I went down to take a look at some jigsaw mats today and they cost about $50 a piece, I'll need about 6.

    Salesman says that it'll absorb sweat, although there is a thin plasticky coating on them. Some gyms I've been to that used them have this stinky smell, like old sweat.

    How do you clean the mats you have? Just use a damp cloth to wipe them over?

    Thanks!
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    Make sure you don't just use water. You'll need disinfectant for all the grime and germs. Grappling mats are sweaty and warm, a breeding ground for fungi and other micoorganisms. Ask the salesperson what kind of solutions they have. The stuff that comes with Swiffers seems to work okay.
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    You are not going to try judo throws in those jigsaw mats, do you?
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    Making your own safety equipment like mats is a bad idea. Do a whip round and by some half decent ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PPlate
    hi pauli
    thanks for the reply. I went down to take a look at some jigsaw mats today and they cost about $50 a piece, I'll need about 6.

    Salesman says that it'll absorb sweat, although there is a thin plasticky coating on them. Some gyms I've been to that used them have this stinky smell, like old sweat.

    How do you clean the mats you have? Just use a damp cloth to wipe them over?

    Thanks!
    we have two sets of mats; one is an old worn set of star mats, which are quite hard, and only go together one way (though they can be flipped along one axis). the other set is http://www.centuryfitness.com/webapp...Id=13501&top=y which are slightly softer, and always go together with no more than either flipping or rotating 90*. despite being softer, they are less prone to tearing and losing teeth. the downside is, when new, they reek. they are a petroleum product, so this is... not unexpected. they are also slightly slippery when new. a few good scrubbings solves both problems.

    for our little in house tournament, we stacked the star mats on top of the century ones (over hardwood). i believe one participant did get a mild concussion from a failed flying triangle, but i'm not certain (due to a language barrier).

    i don't know what we wash them with (i do the scrubbing, not the spraying), but i believe it's a weak solution of water and bleach, which we then scrub off with dry towels.

    from what i've observed, neither set really absorbs fluid, but they do hold it on their surfaces quite well - the century set in particular requires some elbow grease to get really dry.

    oh, and i wouldn't do much of anything on them without at least 3x3.

    http://www.ringside.com/detail.aspx?ID=25459 an option from ringside; i think they may be the same as the nonreversible ones from century. it looks to me like the corner tabs will rip off, but i haven't used them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridder
    Make sure you don't just use water. You'll need disinfectant for all the grime and germs. Grappling mats are sweaty and warm, a breeding ground for fungi and other micoorganisms. Ask the salesperson what kind of solutions they have. The stuff that comes with Swiffers seems to work okay.
    That is a great tip indeed! Never thought about using disinfectant. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Macho
    You are not going to try judo throws in those jigsaw mats, do you?
    They seem thick enough to take a takedown, as for throws, I think I'll try to go slow and see if they can take it. Any experiences to share?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pauli
    we have two sets of mats; one is an old worn set of star mats, which are quite hard, and only go together one way (though they can be flipped along one axis). the other set is http://www.centuryfitness.com/webapp...Id=13501&top=y which are slightly softer, and always go together with no more than either flipping or rotating 90*. despite being softer, they are less prone to tearing and losing teeth. the downside is, when new, they reek. they are a petroleum product, so this is... not unexpected. they are also slightly slippery when new. a few good scrubbings solves both problems.
    Yup the ones I saw look just like these, square jigsaw pieces, some with two colours on both sides some with just one colour, the single colours are cheapers and I'd probably go with those. Thanks for the great links!
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