Jiu Jitsu Mat Comparison: Roll Out, Folding, Tatami, Puzzle, Home
By Created: March, 2017 - Modified: March, 2020
Related Product: Grappling MMA Mats 1-1/2 Inch x 1x1 Meter
With the proper bjj matting, you can help limit the potential for injuries that would keep you from training or competing at full strength.
Greatmats offers a large line of martial arts mats designed specifically to address the concerns and risks associated with jiu jitsu.
Among our jiu jitsu mats are home and professional versions. They are available in traditional 1x2 meter form, as 1x1 meter or 2x2 foot puzzle mats, roll out mats and even folding mat form. Each version has its own benefits and drawbacks.
Puzzle Jiu Jitsu Mats
What makes these jujitsu mats unique is their no-burn tatami surface and their fall height rating. The 1 5/8 inch thick mats are made entirely of EVA foam with the tatami texture molded into the surface. The EVA material offers enough firmness to provide a stable surface with excellent grip, but gives enough to allow skin to push forcefully across the surface without damaging your skin or the mat. This is especially important during hard practices and intense competition.
Greatmats Grappling MMA mats are one of the few jujitsu mats available with a critical fall height rating. These mats have been rigorously tested and proven to protect against major head injuries from fall of up to 4 feet. Just for fun, they've even been tested to see from how high a raw egg can be dropped onto the mats without breaking the egg and passed a 68-foot drop with flying colors. Not only did the egg survive the drop, but it bounced back approximately 16 feet.
Greatmats also offers a thinner version of this mat, that has not been fall-height tested, called Judo Mats Interlocking Lite. This jujitsu mat is 1.25 inches thick.
Both versions use a puzzle style interlocking system, so you can expand or reduce the size of your flooring at will. They can also be cut to fit and have four border strips included with each mat to create a finished edge, and are reversible. The 1 5/8 inch thick mats also have the option of having ramped border strips, which are sold separately.
Home Jiu Jitsu Mats
These are the easiest BJJ mats for transportation and portability, but will have the most seams.
Folding Jiu Jitsu Mats
Many martial artists use these mats in conjunction with other jiu jitsu flooring for added fall protection when working on throwing drills. One drawback to this style of matting is that it will have more separation in the folds and/or seams than the other versions, leaving more opportunity for a finger or toe to slip between the mats.
Roll Out Jiu Jitsu Mats
No matter what your preference, all of these mats are easy to clean and disinfect. They'll allow you train longer and harder than on harder or thinner mats so you can maximize your potential as a martial artist.
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