About a month ago I was looking around for floor mats to outfit my home gym with. After looking at several vendors with different styles such as rollouts, sectionals and puzzle mats, I decided to go with getting tatami puzzle Mats. There were a couple reasons I choose Get Rung over other vendors and even more reasons that I was happy with my decision. Here are some of the features that you may want to consider if you are looking around at Puzzle Mats for your home, gym or martial arts school.

One of the first things that helped my decision to go with tatami puzzle mat was the combination of low price with no minimum order quantity. The tatami puzzle mats range between $2.35 to $2.45 per sq. ft. depending on what area of the country you live in, and they go lower with each set you buy. As I was shopping around for either Puzzle Mats or Sectionals, I found that many of the mat companies that I came across were either priced a lot higher per square feet or the ones that were priced within the same range as had minimum purchase requirements which were at least double of what I needed.
My second reason for going with Get puzzle mats was the colour options and the tatami finish. The Get Mats are available in different colours. The mats also have a tatami finish. This is more advantageous for grappling than the mats you could get at your local sporting goods store. The reason is that you end up getting mat burn on those standard puzzle mats, partially due to the finish, and also due to the materials that the mats are composed of (which I will cover shortly). With the tatami finish on the Get mats, it is difficult to get mat burn. I have had many really intense grappling sessions and have not had any instances of mat burn.

Of course both pricing and colour options were my primary reasons for purchasing the mats, however, it was the features that I noticed after I started using the mats which made me satisfied with my purchase. One of the things I was concerned about was if the mats would be good for takedowns and intense grappling sessions. At the time I purchased the mats I was doing mostly stand up, but I knew that the option of me doing more grappling at my home gym was something that I was planning for in the future. I was concerned that the mats would not be soft enough to absorb the impact of rough takedowns or hard grappling sessions. I soon found that my concerns were unjustified.

The tatami puzzle Mats come in a pack of 9, which end up equaling 100 sq. ft. As I stated above, they come with all the end and corner pieces to make a perfect square with the mats. Putting them together is pretty simple, you can pretty much simple, as you can just throw them down on the ground fit them together and you are good to go. If you are a little more detail oriented as I am, you may want to lay them out first so you get the pattern all going in the same direction. This will also help out when you come to mopping the mats.

As far as cleaning goes, it's pretty simple, you can use any type of household cleaner on the mats, diluted in water. The tatami puzzle mats recommend against bleach as it can cause the mat colour to fad. I actually use a non-chemical natural cleaner which has tea tree oil as the active ingredient. Tea Tree Oil is believed to prevent against MRSA and other fungal and microbial agents. What I end up doing is the sweep and then mop the mats, and then I put a fan on the mats to help them dry quickly. It's probably a good idea to pick up the mats and clean and dry them upright about once a month if they are used for a home gym, and once a week if they are used for a martial arts school. A bonus feature for the mats is that they have the finish on both sides, so you can reverse them and use the other side when you lay them down.
The most obvious use of the tatami puzzle mats is on the floor for either stand up or grappling arts. However, I did find another good use for these mats.

I took about 4 of the mats and fastened them into one of my walls that my mats but up against. Using it this way, you can also practice grappling or takedowns against a wall (to simulate a cage) safely without risking injury.
Speaking of cages or rings, tatami puzzle judo barato or Tatami puzzle mats are also pretty easy to cut if you need to fit them in a specific space such as in a corner, the sides of an octagon or around a pole. In fact, that is the exact reason I had to cut one of mine, to fit it on the floor around a pole. A simple box cutter was all I needed to make the proper cuts.

I think it's fairly safe to say that I would recommend this product. In fact, I give them 2 thumbs up. The Puzzle Mats are the perfect solution for outfitting your home gym or your martial arts school for both flooring and wall.

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