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Puzzle mats: What You Ought to Know?

By Athelstan Smith Subscribe to RSS | May 21st 2012 | Views:

Puzzle mats are also known as Jigsaw mats and used as a primary martial art mat used during indoor training. Just as it is crucial to have the right uniform, the interlocking foam made puzzle mats should be the mat of choice for every martial art trainer and trainee.

Oftentimes training indoors or under a roof on a mat is considered as the best alternative. The Jigsaw mats or puzzle mats are widely used as a primary martial art mat for indoor training. The primary reason behind this is that the mats are known for their proven practicality and versatility for different training programs.

The puzzle mats are tested with grappling, full contact sparring, fitness kickboxing, self defense and many other main systems of the martial arts. Such mats prove useful and effective while training that generally include falls, rolls, punches, kicks and most other significant areas of martial arts.

Most mixed martial arts training centers use the puzzle mats or jigsaw mat. The spongy and soft martial arts mats are best known for its firmer padding. These mats can be used during the hard core mixed martial arts training. Starting from sparring to full contact grappling, everything can be done on these mats.

In fact students who have been to the martial arts camps can experience countless training sessions on the puzzle mats with almost every kind of the martial arts skill on these easy to assemble mats. Hence, there is no doubt in saying that the martial arts mats have proven useful time and again.

Unlike the normal mats that we use in our house or office, puzzle mats are somewhat harder and provide a much more realistic mixed martial arts training surface. It is significant when training realistic self defense.

If you are planning to allow shoes on your mat then you must bring shoes that are designed for training purposes only. It would be best to wear training shoes to avoid damages to the foam and be realistic as much as possible.

The fitness and martial arts mats that you get today can be used in different purposes. For instance, you can find wall to wall mats just by cutting them with razor or box cutter and then pushing the edge of the mats against the wall. Within a few hours, you can have a great training surface across the whole floor. It would be suggested that you cut them about half an inch or a bit longer than required and push them against the wall.

As the puzzle mats are made up of flexible foam, it must be fitted tight to adjust pressure all throughout the rest of mats so that you can easily avoid the bubbling effects. On the other hand, you can even get new mats to work your way down to make sure it gets a perfect fit.

Overall, puzzle mats are designed for those people who want something practical and still have security from concrete. You can use the mat in whichever way you like to. Use it to prepare the main surface for training. You can even find colored martial arts mats (wall to wall) that really make the training center stand out.

Athelstan Smith - About Author:
Athelstan Smith writes for Bushido, a supplier of mixed martial arts products, such as martial arts mats, gym mats. To learn more about Bushido, visit

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