When you need to decide the essentials of martial arts, whether it’s at home or for official purposes; considering the training materials can be tricky and for some people even stressful. However, thankfully many people are willing to help, by lending their experience and feedback. That is what I am offering here, with a quick “pros and cons list” of my experience with “interlocking martial art mats” in my years of martial arts training.
Remember, these are just my opinion; you do not have to rely on me entirely. The best will always be trial and error, but taking some feedback may save you money or troubles in the long run.
Pros of Interlocking Martial Arts Mats:
- More comfortable to replace if damaged than large conventional mats. You buy a piece instead of a huge mat.
- When done correctly, they are very easy to clean and dry quickly.
- They hold the possibility for a custom cut for fitting difficult corners or areas.
- Falls are often experienced as harder than on many conventional mats; pushing the martial artist to focus on proper fall techniques.
- Easy to pick up and store away in case of multiple usages of space.
- Can be easily removed in sections, if so needed.
- Having to remember specific patterns for the laying of mats is not necessary to prevent mats from moving.
- Mats are firmly interlocked together to hinder moving apart during training.
- Easy to move as one when combined into one big mat.
- Easy to take apart, lift, and transport if needed elsewhere.
- They can be used indoors and outdoors and are very cost efficient.
- When training with metal weapons, the martial artist is forced to focus on technique and keeping hold of his weapon, to save the mats from damage.
- If one side is stained, scratched or damaged, often it can be turned over to another side.
- Can be less slippery when the surface is wet with sweat when compared to many other surfaces.
Cons of Interlocking Martial Arts Mats:
- Training with any pointed, edged, or sharp weapons can be damaging if dropped upon mats.
- Those sensitive to joint instability may gain further instability after prolonged and constant training on interlocking mats.
- More chances of causing mat burns than some other mat types during martial arts training.
But still using interlocking mats can be a great, safer, and more cost-effective solution than some other types, and indeed on a hardwood floor.