Oftentimes, we are asked: “What are the best mats for Defensive Tactics and CQB?” While the selection may be vast (and somewhat confusing), we can narrow down your choices to a few, perfect options:
By Brent “Trig” Peters
As a U.S. Army Veteran, Combatives Instructor and Criminal Justice Major, I’ve had the opportunity to train with several highly-skilled martial arts and self-defense practitioners. Throughout that time, curious minds always seemed to debate which disciplines are most effective in dealing with erratic and often reckless behavior.
We are commonly asked, “Which mats are best for BJJ training” by facility owners. As a major martial arts discipline, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is quickly growing across the U.S., and we are outfitting facilities in nearly every state in the country. While many martial arts mats provide a basic level of protection for those practicing BJJ, there is a special type of jiu jitsu mats that is made specifically for this type of martial arts training in the Gi.
One of the most important choices you will make when outfitting your facility with martial arts mats is thickness. Mat thickness will range from 1 to 2 inches, but thicker isn’t always better. The thickness that is appropriate for your facility is entirely dependent on the discipline/s you teach.
By Kaitlin Young
Does a trainer need to have his or her own fights in order to properly train fighters? If so, how many fights does a trainer need? This can be a hot-button issue in the martial arts world.
By Elisabeth Clay
I want to start this by saying it’s not easy to open up and let people see my “weak side,” especially not when it’s posted on the internet for anyone to read. BUT I think it’s important for people to see and know that everyone goes through things and struggles at some point or another.
School’s out for summer! For many, this is a very exciting time of year. But, we know that for a good number of martial arts school owners this is also a time of concern. Worries about student retention and how to keep students engaged during summer months are present regardless of geographic location. With the mix of summer sports, camps, family vacations, and the obvious desire to be outdoors, students have plenty of distractions when it comes to staying passionate and engaged on the martial arts mats.
Image credit: Power of Leverage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
By Nick Bez
Martial arts are an ancient approach to training one’s body and mind to effectively wield powerful methods of self-defense. In the generations since their origin, the teachings of Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Muay Thai, and other similar disciplines have evolved to become more practically applicable methods for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to navigate the world with a sense of safety, respect, and community, all while experiencing the physical benefits of the arts.
By Jenny Ross
When Grand Master In Ho Lee talks about the ATA World Expo, he describes it as scene from a movie: “It’s full of action and something you will never forget!”
Whether it’s the start of the New Year and your facility is experiencing a surge of new students or it’s one of the lazy days of summer, cleanliness counts! Consistent and proper cleaning of your flooring, wall pads and other training equipment not only helps protect the health of you and your students, it also extends the life and the look of your equipment and facility and, possibly even more important, it can be the difference between a new student becoming a regular or becoming a memory.