Martial Arts Mats for Your Style of Practice

EVA foam tatami finish martial arts mats are your key to making a martial arts practice area in your home. Whether you practice Taichi or Qigong, Karate or Aikido, the right set of martial arts mats in the space you have available will transform that space into your very own private martial arts studio. Even if you only have a little room, a safe, supportive martial arts floor can be installed in minutes so you can begin your home workout routine.

If you’re just beginning a martial art, or maybe your kids need a place to practice, you should have plenty of padding in your martial arts mats. A thick, resilient mat will give you a little more confidence as you learn, knowing that if you make the wrong move or fall incorrectly, you’re more likely to get up and keep going. For kids, it’s essential to have the most padding possible. It’s just the smart thing to do. You put shin guards on your kids when they play soccer, helmets during football, and a full-body get-up when they decide it’s time to learn fencing. Likewise, the also need protection when they’re learning a martial art. A thick, ribbed, martial art mat is going to give them (or you) support, traction, and peace of mind.

Other martial arts mats don’t need to be as thick as a 1″ mat you might use for kids. If you’re installing a home martial arts studio because you want to expand on what you’ve already learned, a little less padding may give you a greater sense of the ground. You’re probably well-trained by now regarding falls, so not as much padding is necessary. Traction is still a must, as is easy installation of the mats, so don’t compromise – make sure your martial arts mats are still top-quality.

 

Iron Crotch for Colds? Maybe Not…

In a recent Huffington Post article, a master of “iron crotch kung fu” was quoted as saying that he believes strong blows to his groin have helped him stay healthier – that he has had fewer colds since beginning this practice at age 67. I doubt anyone reading this blog practices kung fu in quite the same way, or for the same reason. So how and why do you practice martial arts? Continue reading Iron Crotch for Colds? Maybe Not…

Leveling the Playing Field

I recently watched a video of a former student of mine competing in a wrestling competition. The flooring was comprised of thick, soft mats that allowed the competitors excellent traction. I was surprised how easily she defeated boys twice her age. Her skills are excellent, and I wondered how many other girls out there could be competing at or beyond their age level. Continue reading Leveling the Playing Field

Self-Defense for the Bullied

 

Protect, get away, and report. That’s what students need to learn about their interactions with bullies. They don’t need to learn how to take down a bully, but rather how to protect themselves, show that they are not the aggressor and do not want to fight, and then make sure the incident gets reported. Then the responsibility is with the adult they informed to actually believe them. Finding a good instructor and practicing safely at home on safe martial arts mats will help kids can help prevent further bullying in the future. Continue reading Self-Defense for the Bullied

Keep It Going

In these coldest months of the year, fitness often takes a little shift as people have to find indoor workout options, like indoor running tracks, and martial arts. If you’re used to sports or running or other outdoor methods of staying healthy and fit, getting on the machines or picking up weights can seem a little restrictive, and in fact, if done without first getting appropriate instruction, can lead to decreased range of motion as muscle develops. Martial arts in particular is an excellent way to avoid this—you’ll get a nice mix of cardio and resistance training, and the practice will take your body through its whole range of motion, so you don’t have to worry about some of the potential hazards of other kinds of exercise. Continue reading Keep It Going

Martial Arts Super Hero

Love a good martial arts film? Get ready to have your world rocked, or at least a little shaken up. The Marvel Universe origin story, Dr. Strange, is being released as a film in just over a month from now. This time the film is in the hands of a new director, Scott Derrickson, who has a few twists and thematic alterations to add to the original story. Continue reading Martial Arts Super Hero

Sick of Crossword Puzzles?

The most mature members of our society are told to do things like crossword puzzles and other mentally challenging games and exercises to stay sharp. But you can only do so many crossword puzzles a day without feeling like it’s having the opposite effect. Many senior care facilities and community centers are realizing that Tai Chi is just as effective and even more so, than brain teasers alone. And it’s more fun. Continue reading Sick of Crossword Puzzles?