Customer Reviews for: Martial Arts Karate Mat Premium 1 Inch
I ordered the woodgrain/black because I wanted the entire floor to look like a wood floor. The color of the mats were inconsistent so I tried several times blend the colors which didn't work out well. But in the end I was very happy with the results and I love my new floor! It was easy to install by myself. First I removed the carpet, carpet tack strips, carpet underlay and scaped off the glue. Then I vacuumed up the cement floor and assembled the full-sized mats directly over the cement in the majority of the room. Then, I measured and cut the remaining tiles to fit until the room was complete. Cutting and fitting the edges was easy. I will be using this room primarily to practice Nia and Yoga. It is very comfortable to dance on with bare feet and I don't even need to drag out a yoga mat!
I am not in favor of mats since I practice traditional Japanese Karate, and hardwood floor would be my only choice. I didn't want my new opened dojo (Unity Karate & Holistic Arts) to look like another Teakwondo school, but... I tried to keep the initial costs down and decided to go with these wooden look 1inch foam mats at least for now. Mats arrived within a week of ordering which was great. Installation was easy, unfortunately I didn't order enough and didn't want to pay another $300!!! on shipping for additional 10 mats. There were enough edge peaces, so I used them to fill the "gaps". The floor looks great and many people got fooled that it actually isn't a hardwood floor. Even though I am not super excited about the mats, my students love them. The fact that it is much safer to train on mats than on hardwood floor helps a lot, and I don't have to loose much sleep worrying about students getting injured falling down. My main complaint about these mats is, that they are extremely slippery (Sales Rep assured me that they are not). We practice barefoot. They were covered/soaked in "Armor all" like substance and needed to be seriously "broken in" It was extremely difficult and dangerous to train in the beginning. We washed them numerous times with all kinds of detergents, even rubbing alcohol, without much luck. It took 2 months of training (6 times/week) to brake them in. If you leave any heavier objects laying around, they will cause indentations in the mats. The surface is not super smooth as it's been said in the reviews, it is light sand like texture. Overall decent value.
South Windsor, CT
So far, I am very impressed with this product. I bought it to replace inferior tiles from a competitor. These are much more shock absorbent and have a durable top layer that I doubt will wear or peel. They are a little thick to cut and at doorway transitions but the payoff is in injury prevention.
Very good value. I had originally considered installing a sprung hardwood floor, but decided to go with the karate mats instead because of ease of installation and cost. When first installed, they were a little slippery to bare feet, but after a short time the "tack" has improved. Also, they do not like having anything heavy sitting on them for any length of time--it causes indentations. But overall, I am quite happy with this product.
San Jose, CA
product showed up on time and went in very easily very satisfied with product
New Prague, MN
Thanks Pam we are very happy with the mats. I'm attaching a couple of pictures for you. Happy Thanksgiving!
I would like to send a photo from Rice Lake Martial Arts Center in Rice Lake. We just got these mats over the summer and they are working great! The layout was done with much assistance from your tool on the website.
Rice Lake, WI
The mats held up exceptionally well. Zero wear despite the activity. I'll certainly be contacting you again for my future mat flooring needs! Watch this video of the mats in action in a Tap Out video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x08e8jB7Bu8
These mats are perfect for Karate training. The are not grooved or textured, which allows your feet to pivot easier. Some mats have too much grip. These have it just right. I would recommend these.
We love our mats. We have them on our basement WO room and the padding is a perfect amount for impact in Tae Kwon Do. The interlocking system holds the mats really well, we have had no problems with slipping or shifting. They were shipped much faster than we anticipated, it was wonderful to do business with a company which is so concerned with customer service.
We Are very happy with our mats. They hold up well and are easily cleaned. Thank you. D.May
Easy to install, helpful customer service, comparable cost to carpet. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars is a film or print that makes feet turn black. We have tried mopping it several times, but after an hour of practice, feet still turn black. It is getting better, so whatever it is will wear off in time, or we're not using a strong enough cleaning agent.
Easy online ordering and delivery was coordinated without a hitch. Mats are awesome and easy to install and clean! Very satisfied with the overall process.
We have been working with Greatmats for over a decade now and recently moved into a larger location and once again Great Mats delivered our new 2100 square foot of brand new mats on time and as usual, their product and service is outstanding, they helped us select exactly what we need. We are still using our original mats from our very first order, which are over 11 years old now in our 2nd studio, which after a quick wipe up with a cloth and some warm water now look as good as they did the day that we bought them. Great Mats are by far the best flooring solution we have ever seen, either at other martial arts schools, or competitive events. The product is tough, durable , resilient and most of all - they look fantastic. Chris Howes
We were wondering how the interlock would work given that our floor is somewhat uneven, but the mats fit together really well so that has not been a problem. Lastly, the mats work really well to provide some cushioning for throws. We find we now don't have to use the folding mats as often. Oh, and the mats are also great to look at! We love the mats and would highly recommend Greatmats.com for both the quality and the price of the product, as well as the terrific service.
Awesome flooring for our studio. Provides good footing and is absorbing falls without hurting the students like no other mat I've trained on. If you would like pictures of my students working out on it please email me.
Awesome product. I was in need of updating my school mats. These feel great and look great
We love our mats! Easy to put together and seems like they will hold up well. The product is much better than those we were able to find locally (which wasn't much).