Designating an area in your home for a martial arts practice space is easier than it sounds, and worth every minute and penny you spend on it. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be a large space and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. So let’s get started.
How big does the area need to be? Well, that’s going to depend on what you’re practicing. Got a bag? Doing BJJ? Tai chi? Karate? Each of these arts will require different coverage area. Garages and basements are ideal locations for practicing martial arts at home, and you can usually push enough junk aside to make room for the new, important use of the space. Never practice on carpeting; though the spot in the den or family room might seem ideal, carpeting does not afford the padding necessary to truly commit to your practice. Nor does concrete or hardwood flooring, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Once your space is cleared of any obstructions or distractions, you’re ready to begin building your workout space. Like any structure, you start from the ground and go up. What is your foundation? If you’re in the basement or garage, it’s likely concrete. Any hard surface is going to need padding to protect you, and sometimes the floor. Martial arts mats come in all sizes, thicknesses, and colors, but the best ones will be the ones you can install yourself, and can move and re-configure as your needs change. How much padding should you get? If you’re a seasoned martial artist, you may prefer minimal padding, but if you’re grappling, throwing, or if kids are involved, the maximum amount of padding should be used. Jumbo sized mats will cover a larger area with fewer mats, but 2’x2’ mats can be more easily adapted to unusual coverage areas. Neither should break the bank.
Your foundation is laid, now all you need to add is the equipment you choose and your routine is ready to begin. Extend your martial arts practice into your home space for continuity and a lifetime of easy access to a great workout.