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Tatami Mats & All That - The Best Floor Options for Martial Arts

Katie McKay |

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Martial arts is an exciting and rewarding sport. You need to train in a safe place, and that starts with supportive and durable flooring. Creating a home or commercial martial arts gym can be a daunting task. Martial arts flooring will keep you safe from injuries as well as create the martial arts space of your dreams. 

In this article: 

  • What is Martial Arts Flooring? 
  • 4 Best Floor Options for Martial Arts 

What is Martial Arts Flooring? 

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There are a ton of martial arts disciplines. The majority of disciplines includes a fair amount of groundwork and grappling. Types of martial arts include mixed martial arts, Jujitsu, Karate, and Judo. 


Martial arts flooring has a good amount of cushioning and creates a safe space for movement. As a high-impact sport, you need a quality surface to protect users from injury and the right level of cushioning to support martial arts performance minimising the risk of injuries. 

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If you’re looking at creating a facility for a specific martial arts discipline that involves a lot of falls, consider investing in flooring with a good fall height rating. With sports that include falling from heights, you need that additional cushioning to protect the body from injury. 

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High-quality martial arts flooring is easy to clean and non-absorbent. As you will be in a sweaty environment, your flooring should handle any moisture and spillages while remaining non-slip and safe for use. 

4 Best Floor Options for Martial Arts 

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If you’re building a home or commercial martial arts environment, your flooring choice is such an important decision. Here are four of the best flooring options for martial arts environments. 

EVA Dual Colour Reversible Foam Tiles/Tatami mats

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 The EVA Dual Colour Reversible Foam Tiles are specifically designed for MMA, gymnastics and yoga and come in 20mm and 40mm thicknesses. The closed-cell foam tiles are ideal for kids soft play areas too due to their maximum protection from falls and smooth surface.  They provide ultra protection for martial arts floor work and training and are perfect for both home and commercial settings. Add a pop of colour with choices of 2 coloured sides in Red and Blue or Grey and Black.   You can use them in a temporary or permanent environment. 


  • Anti-slip and Anti-bacterial with soft-weave surface
  • Ammonia free and non-toxic, CE approved fire and toxicity tests
  • Passed BS EN177:2008 Critical Fall Height CFH 1.7m
  • ISO 9001 standard
  • Density: 120 kg/m3 Hardness: 41-45 degrees shore C
  • Interlocking feature or straight edge (optional)
  • Can be loose laid or fixed with adhesive

Rubber Gym Tiles

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Another option for martial arts flooring is Rubber Gym Tiles. If you’re looking for a combination of durability and affordability, these tiles are a great option. They are ideal for multipurpose facilities. So, if you have a mix of martial arts training, fitness classes, and some free weights training, this is a good option.  

Home Gyms whether they are in the garage, spare bedroom or an out building require optimal subfloor protection, sound insulation and need to look the part. 

Despite your level of training, volume of weights or space capacity, you want your Home Gym to look fantastic, feel great and support your chosen routine.   

Sprung has something to offer every gym user with its extensive range of HD rubber tiles, rolls and engineered wood flooring options.

We have been in the business of providing high grade Fitness and Sports surfaces to our clients nationwide for many years.  Our wide range of versatile solutions means that there is something for just about everyone, whether you are looking to set up a Home Gym and Personal Training space or create Fitness zones within a commercial facility.   Here are a few reasons why we should be at the top of your list when sourcing Fitness, Gym and Sports flooring.

Sprung Sports Vinyl in 10mm

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Sprung Sports Vinyl is a complex vinyl flooring system for outstanding performance and maximum shock absorption. This means that it offers maximum protection against cartilage and ligament injuries. The point elastic three-layer system makes Sprung Sport Vinyl suitable for a range of sports and fitness and multipurpose facilities, and competition sports. The vinyl flooring is available in a range of colours, including blue, green, and red. 

Our selection of sprung vinyl flooring ranges from 5mm to 10mm depending on your sports or dance requirement.  UK certified, our vinyl collection have excellent shock absorbency, peak protection against injury and compliment any Sports Hall, Dance Studio or Recreation facility. 

Sprung Rubber Antishock Tiles

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If you prefer a rubber gym tile over vinyl or foam, another option is the Rubber Antishock Gym Tiles. These are especially useful for multipurpose facilities where you want to lift heavy weights or need flooring that’s extremely tough. The tiles have excellent shock absorption, sound insulation, and non-slip safety to suit different training and fitness types. 

Martial arts flooring needs to create a safe environment for training that minimises the risk of injury. When you’re grappling, tackling and challenging your opponent, you need a good level of cushioning to support and protect users. Whether you need temporary flooring or a more permanent solution that accommodates multipurpose activities, foam, rubber or vinyl flooring will provide the best protection and look fantastic.

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