Puzzle mats are the good alternative to the conventional floor mat used in dojos, gymnastics and wrestling gyms. The standard mats for such floors have typically cost in the neighbor of 700 to thousands of dollars to cover the workout area. In contrast, you can buy puzzle mats at 10-50 dollars per 2 ft. by 2 ft. or 3 ft. by 3 ft. piece. It is possible to cover a decent amount of space with such mats for a couple hundred dollars; so they are comparatively much more affordable. They are made from dense foam, about 1/2 in. to 2 in. thick, have a vinyl covering and the pieces interlock for easy assemblage.
They are durable, easy to maintain, useful and convenient. Let’s go ahead and look at how puzzle mats are a useful and convenient option for your home dojo or martial arts school.
As stated, they are very cost-effective. Depending on the area you want to cover for your workouts, you could spend anywhere from a couple hundred to several hundred dollars on puzzle mats to cover a decent area of your garage or studio. Wrestling mats and gymnastic mats can cost thousands of dollars.
Puzzle mats are portable and pretty much can be used anywhere there is usable space for your training or demos. They are interlocking pieces that can be taken apart and transported or set aside in the corner. Stack them up and load them in the truck to take to a training partner’s home or to the next demonstration.
Possibly one of the obvious things about the puzzle mats is that they cushion your falls and ease the wear on your body from falling, moving and sparring. They also have very decent traction so you don’t slip and slide and can work your stances kicks and movement with ease.
Puzzle mats are durable. The pieces can be taken apart from each other, and then taken to the alley or backyard and hosed off. You can scrub them and mop them too.
So, clearly puzzle mats are an affordable option for cushioning the workout area for your martial arts training, to prevent injury and make those grappling, kata and sparring workouts a bit easier on the body. They are durable and convenient, easy to wash and set aside or transport to any location for your next workout or demonstration. They are a good choice for the martial artist, grappler or striker, for ensuring a safer workout that is easier on the body and allows ease of movement too.