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    I'm thinking about putting training mats in my garage that doubles as a training area. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would primarily use the mats for training backfalls and defense techniques that drive the opponent to the ground.

    I also don't want to break the bank.
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    Try walmart in the automotive department. They have Jigsaw Puzzle mats for about $10 for 4 of them. Atleast that is the way it is uphere in the Great White North.
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    As Rob said, you can usually find packs of 4 puzzle mats at Wal-Mart, Target, or stores of that type. Usually located in the "fitness" section where they keep treadmills and such. These matts are only about 3/4 to 1/2 inch thick though. So, if you plan on doing some series throws and takedowns you may want something thicker. The bad news is thicker matts cost $$$$.

    I ordered our puzzle mats here: http://www.greatmats.com/

    I ordered my 2 3/4 grappling/Throwing mats here: http://www.swainmats.com/
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    You might also try just carpet. You may find someone getting rid of theirs and get it cheap or free!
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    I got a couple of packs of interlocking kids pads at Sam's Club for about $35.00 (I think 9 to a pack) and then put an area rug over them. Works good for training, I don't know how much pad you want though.

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    Swain mats are hands down the best I have used and or seen. Yes they cost more but they will last a lifetime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler View Post
    As Rob said, you can usually find packs of 4 puzzle mats at Wal-Mart, Target, or stores of that type. Usually located in the "fitness" section where they keep treadmills and such. These matts are only about 3/4 to 1/2 inch thick though. So, if you plan on doing some series throws and takedowns you may want something thicker. The bad news is thicker matts cost $$$$.

    I ordered our puzzle mats here: http://www.greatmats.com/

    I ordered my 2 3/4 grappling/Throwing mats here: http://www.swainmats.com/
    I also have mats from great mats. They have excellent customer service. i love the mats. Also look into Zebra Mats & Swain Mats. Great mats and if you call you can order used mats from local tournaments or events at a discounted rate.
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    Thanks for all the input. I think I really want to pinch the pennies and get a good mat from Swain or great mats, so It will be a while. Sigh.

    I really like the swain mats that can be rolled up (so I can still use the garage as a garage). Has anyone had any experience with them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gardawamtu View Post
    Thanks for all the input. I think I really want to pinch the pennies and get a good mat from Swain or great mats, so It will be a while. Sigh.

    I really like the swain mats that can be rolled up (so I can still use the garage as a garage). Has anyone had any experience with them?
    Not those mats in particular. I believe they are a relatively new mat though. I would LOVE to have them.... I guess I'll be pinching some pennies too as I just finished painting and converting my garage into a dojo (minus the mats...my other ones are at the actual school. )
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