Which tatar should you choose?.

TatamiThe tatami or mats are an important aspect for safety when you train.

The floor of the training area must be absolutely poured with modular mats or tatami mats, as well as the walls up to a certain height if they are close to the training area and any poles or columns present.

Safety is paramount!

But how do you have to line the gym with mats?

The first thing to evaluate is what you need a tatami, for stricking sports or if you need a tatami to perform projections and ground fight because conceptually they totally change the type of protection and clearly also the investment you have to face.

So a first division is, the tatami you need to:

  • Striking (Boxing, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing, Taekwondo, Karate, etc.)
  • Throwing (Judo, Wrestling, etc.)
  • Grappling (Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,Grappling etc.)

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So your choice has to be oriented according to the type of art or combat sports you’re going to do.

Competitive regulations provide a standard of height and hardness of the tatami, which is a very important aspect in the choice, depending on the type of martial art or combat sports.

This wait determines the thickness and type of Mat or Tatami call it as you like.

In recent years, fortunately, there have been many evolutions on the materials and absorption capabilities of the mats with modular and fixed solutions to meet the different needs.

This is an important step because the safety of athletes is very important and allows you to perform the exercises with the right competitive emphasis and safety avoiding injuries.

Ps. For self-defence, a separate speech has to be made, but unfortunately I too often see an incredible unawareness that leads students to work in unsuitable areas of work, exposing even inexperienced pupils to unnecessary risks.

If you don’t have the equipment, you can’t do certain things or you can’t do them properly as they would.


Traditional tatami

They are the tatami usually used in gyms in Karate, Aikido, Judo, etc. have a size of 2 meters per meter and with thicknesses of 2 cm to climb but considers that today many gyms are adopting more modern solution with different sizes and materials.


If you don’t want to recreate a traditional environment I don’t recommend them,today there are many more possibilities with higher performance and safety standards.


Interlocking Tatami

Which tatar should you choose?. Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport

This is one of the most used tatami and mats solutions.

Although it is always better to create fixed bases because disassembling and reassembling the tatami continuously is not a good choice because it is inconvenient and time-consuming.

Over time, the continuous mounting and dismantling of the mats makes the joints that no longer guarantee the correct sealing make fun of the interlocking.


The interlocks to compose the tatami are of various shapes according to the brand or model and are in a lot of colors so be careful because at the same height you can find different forms of interlock.

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As you can see from the images there are two-layer and three-layer versions to have the odd central with a softer density but more suitable to absorb shocks.

This is the measure that I recommend: 40 mm that you can also use for projections but if you want to save do not fall below 30 mm.

Exclude the thinnest measurements unless you use it knowing you only do striking.



Tatami a Flex Roll Mat

This type of PVC-coated tatami that can be of different colors and with high-density PVC material with possible differences (40kg/cbm,33kg/cbm) to absorb falls and is a solution that allows you to easily adapt to the sizes of the gyms.

To join the carpets there are different solutions such as transparent ribbons or overlapping solutions.

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Now the ideal is clearly to have a space where the tatami can remain fixed and mounted both for its stability in time and for comfort.

The solutions are also different as an investment but it is an important element to be able to train safely.


The walls and edges.


Often taken by the emphasis of combat and fighting it is not difficult to see two people approaching dangerously close to the wall or some supporting column of the gym.

An important thing is to coat the perimeter walls and all the edges with an adequate thickness that varies depending on the material you are using.

Some to take advantage of the columns, for example, especially if circulars build bags that are wrapped around the column in order to do as well as protection also by training tool.

Clarements are sacks to do a certain kind of work.

Do not improvise, safety in training is important.

Stay Tuned!

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Ps. This is my private training area where I do some of my studies and as you see it is totally coated despite not being a sparring environment.

It’s about the black box!. If you want to, it’s the pleasure of following me with time I’ll explain what it is.


Which tatar should you choose?. Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport

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