The Difference Foam Tiles Can Make in Your Martial Arts Gym

No matter which martial art you practice, you’ll always end up on the ground. Whether you’re taking a fall while practicing a kick or spin, grappling and working on your groundwork, or being thrown by a sparring partner, you’re going to hit the ground sooner or later – which is why you need a martial arts flooring that’s cushioned and comfortable to land on.

Enter foam tiles. 

Foam is an incredibly versatile material. It’s also comfortable to land on, which is why martial arts gyms and training centers have been using them for years as their ideal training surface. What makes foam mats the best type of flooring for martial arts training? These tiles have many benefits that other flooring options do not. 

Foam Tiles Limit the Risks of Injuries

There is one immutable fact about foam martial arts flooring: there are no other options that are safer and more comfortable. Foam is made to be landed on, and while it won’t prevent injuries 100% of the time (no martial arts flooring will), it will heavily reduce them. Foam is comfortable, safe, and easily the best type of training surface for any martial arts discipline. 

Don’t let words like soft and comfortable fool you. Foam tiles and mats provide plenty of stability. You won’t have issues moving on the mat whether you train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Taekwondo, Karate, or any type of mixed martial arts. These mats allow for ample stability and can even be made with a tatami texture for better grip and traction. 

Durability and Longevity

If your practice involves heavy grappling, groundwork, slams, or throws, your training surface will surely take a beating. Foam tiles are specifically designed to withstand an immense amount of pressure, and they do this through compression. Every time you step, land, sit, lie, or come into contact with the tiles in any way, the open cell foam inside them will compress. This is what makes the martial arts flooring option so supportive and stable. But the foam mats will not stay compressed after you get off them. Like a memory foam mattress, the material inside of them will return to its normal shape after they are compressed. This is what makes them such a durable and long-lasting martial arts flooring solution. 

Climate Stability

Many gym flooring options do not hold up well in high humidity or extreme temperature changes. Foam tiles made from open-cell foam do. This is because they are not subject to expansion and contraction when the temperature or humidity reaches an extreme level. They will never buckle, warp, or change shape. 

Easy to Clean and Maintain

Foam tiles from Zebra Athletics are covered in a durable reinforced closed-cell vinyl. It’s waterproof and extremely easy to clean. All you’ll need is a mop and an approved mat cleaner and disinfectant. A quick mop after use will extend the life of your mats and keep them looking and smelling fresh for years. In addition, every Zebra Mat receives an antimicrobial treatment to help prevent the growth of microorganisms. 


Get the training equipment and flooring your gym needs from Zebra Athletics today.