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Top 5 Martial Arts Mats on a Budget

These martial arts mats offer the best value for low prices.



By Cara Walters

Martial arts can encompass a wide variety of skills and practices. From traditional to contemporary and armed or unarmed, self-defense to choreographed combat, mastering your practice takes commitment, determination and skill - as well as proper flooring. You would expect your local dojo or martial arts facility to be equipped with the proper martial arts mats, but with Greatmats, it's just as easy to bring your training home.

Not all martial arts mats are created equal. Just as Taekwondo differs from Jujutsu and boxing from Judo, so does the type of flooring needed for your discipline. The material and density of the mat will greatly depend on what discipline you are involved in. Foam and vinyl covered foam martial arts mats will deliver the most comfort and the highest level of safety for shock absorption and high-impact kicks, rolls and falls.

Rolled foam mats are the least expensive but should not be used alone as a top surface as they are designed to provide additional cushion beneath another flooring surface.

Interlocking martial arts mats are by far the most popular for home training spaces and the easiest to install. For home use, interlocking mats make temporary installations more achievable and easier to move.

A fold-up martial arts mat with a two inch or greater thickness is ideal for crash landings, rolls, falls and takedowns.

Whatever your needs are, the customer service team at Greatmats can assure that your home or professional training facility is equipped with the very best martial arts mat for your budget.

The top five martial arts mats on a budget are:

1. Pro Martial Arts Mats Sport, 20 Millimeter

(Approximately $1.70/sq. ft.)

Pros
Made for striking martial arts such as Taekwondo, the pro sport martial arts mat with 20 millimeter thickness has a scuff-resistant thatched surface, making it ideal for martial arts disciplines that require shoes or athletic footwear. This durable surface is also soft, making the demands of Taekwondo and other striking martial arts more comfortable and safe. Double-sided with no adhesive required, this pro martial arts mat is great for practice areas that may also double as a home gym. It is durable enough for exercise equipment and heavy foot traffic without any shifting of the tiles.

Made of high-density, closed-cell EVA foam, this foam floor tile is 40 x 40 inches in size and features interlocking edges for easy installation. Complete with four border strips per tile, any mat can become a finished edge for wall-to-wall or island installation. The tiles are lightweight and optimally sized to limit the number of seams while also providing a manageable size for installation, both permanent and temporary. Each tile weighs just six pounds.

The pro sport martial arts mat is recommended for home gym or martial arts use and is commonly used for martial arts tournaments. This mat is waterproof, and if used in areas where moisture is present, such as basements, it may need to be pulled up periodically to allow the floor beneath it to dry.

Cons
Avoid placing heavy tables or chairs with small feet on the pro sport martial arts mat as they could puncture the mat or cause permanent indents if left in place for long periods of time.

To learn more about the pro sport martial arts mat, please visit Greatmats' Pro Martial Arts Mats Sport 20 mm product page.

2. Home Tatami Sport Tile, 7/8 Inch

(Approximately $1.90/sq. ft.)

Pros
Home tatami sport tiles are ideal for mixed martial arts (MMA) training. The waterproof and non-absorbent 2 foot x 2 foot x 7/8 inch tile is lightweight, portable and easy to install. These martial arts mats are reversible and interlocking - meaning you can piece them together with either color facing up. Bring your ideal training facility home, or use the different colors to match the theme and design of your professional gym. The tiles come with two border strips to allow you to finish an edge or create an island layout with a clean look.

The no-burn tatami surface is great for mixed martial arts training. Whether striking or grappling on the ground or standing up, your body is protected from painful skin burns that can occur with other more rugged-surfaced mats.

Get more bang for your buck with the home tatami sport tiles. While you are not practicing MMA, the mats work great for home gyms and kids playroom flooring. These tough, durable martial arts mats are built to withstand the beating that comes with daily use from your home martial arts training.

Cons
With less than 1 inch of thickness, the mats are not designed to absorb the impact of hard falls or throwing. The compact 2x2 foot tiles also leave more seams than larger tiles.

To learn more about the home tatami sport tile martial arts mat or to read the rave reviews from satisfied customers, please visit Greatmats' Home Tatami Sport Tile 7/8 Inch product page.

3. Judo Mats Lite, 1.25 Inch

(Approximately $2.25/sq. ft.

Pros
Judo Mats Lite martial arts mat is an interlocking professional judo mat designed for ground work training. These shock absorbing, tatami surface judo mats will provide a safe surface for skill training, free of rug burns. These martial arts mats come with four border strips, allowing for easy floating installations with finished edges. Customize your home or professional training facility with these reversible mats that have black on one side and gray on the other.

Greatmats interlocking foam judo mats are lightweight and easy to install. Each judo flooring tile weighs just over seven pounds. Simply lay the mats down and align them in the same direction. Then, interlock the tiles together. Cut Greatmats' EVA high-density foam mats with a sharp utility knife for a wall-to-wall installation.

Without the need for adhesives for installation, Greatmats lightweight judo mats are also easy to remove and reinstall in a new area. Should one of your tiles become damaged, simply pull out the damaged tile and replace with a new one - or flip the tile and use the other side. There is no need to replace the entire floor because of one damaged section.

Cons
For over-the-shoulder and hard throwing practice Greatmats recommends additional floor padding such as a two-inch thick folding or landing mat.

4. Gmats Roll Out Mats, 5 ft x 10 ft x 1.25 inch

(Approximately $4/sq. ft.)

Pros
Your martial arts mat can now go wherever your discipline takes you. This durable tatami top, vinyl surface martial arts mat delivers a full 1.25-inch thick foam protection. The Gmats roll-out mat is meets the same quality standards as professional martial arts floors at a smaller size and is easy to roll out and easy to roll up. Use individually or tape together numerous mats to design your own custom layout.

Use this roll-out martial arts mat for any martial training that involves grappling, floor exercises, jumping and rolling. It is commonly used for BJJ, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Hapkido, Aikido and MMA in the home. This durable, professional quality vinyl surface material is able to handle heavy foot traffic as well as training shoes and boots.

The Gmats workout mat is 5 feet wide, 10 feet long and 1.25 inches thick. Use two mats to cover a 10 ft x 10 ft home wrestling area. Releasable vinyl tape can be used to cover the seam on the top when assembling more than one mat together. The common vinyl tape is available in most home stores.

Gmats roll-out martial arts mat are also great for temporary installations and demonstrations. Simply roll and go. The 5 ft x 10 ft area provides enough surface area for basic moves, such as punches, kicks and some throws. There is no risk of toes getting caught in seams when performing spinning kicks or other moves requiring bare feet to slide or pivot. A single mat can be rolled out in less than a second and back up again in almost as little time.

To learn more about gmats roll-out martial arts mats, visit Greatmats'Gmats Roll Out Mats 5x10 ft x 1.25 inch product page.

5. Home Karate Sport Foam Tile, 1 Inch

(Approximately $2.20/sq. ft.)

The home karate sport foam tile martial arts mat is ideal for home dojos with its lead- and latex-free EVA foam material. A reversible and double-colored mat allows you to custom design your home gym or professional training facility. The waterproof and non-absorbent material makes these martial arts mats easy to clean and easy to maintain.

Installation is easy. One of the softer martial arts puzzle mats available, it will easily cut with a sharp utility knife; measure twice and cut once. Consider using a straightedge to guide you. Cutting through one inch of this soft tile may take multiple passes, after scoring more than halfway through the foam, you can bend the floor tile and open the cut seam to make the second pass with your knife easier. Always use a sharp blade when cutting this type of martial arts mat.

The one-inch thickness provides a stable landing surface for kicks, rolls and falls associated with karate training and striking art techniques. Home karate sport foam tiles also double as flooring for basements, playrooms and home gyms.

Cons
High heels may puncture these soft foam mats. The lightweight Home Karate Sport Foam Tiles may shift when placed over carpet, especially for smaller island installations.


One size doesn't fit all when it comes to martial arts mats. The thickness, material and type will change depending on your use-case and discipline. The team at Greatmats has articles, videos and FAQs to help educate on on how to choose best martial arts mat for your home or professional training facility. Visit our Flooring Knowledge Base to learn more about outfitting your space with the right martial arts mat for your budget, or as always, feel free to speak with one of Greatmats martial arts flooring experts.
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