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Training with jigsaw and gym mats

Canadian David Lemieux Stop Gary O’Sullivan on the Mats

Canadian David Lemieux was victorious in the first round of his fight with Ireland’s Gary O’Sullivan after a savage left hook that left the Irish fighter on the eva mat.

Lemieux was not happy after O’Sullivan team’s talked trash in the lead up to the fight. He gave them an emphatic response with his victory.

In reponse to the trash talking Lemieux said “Don’t p*** me off guys,”. “I guess the message must be clear, I don’t like the trash talking at all that was done to me from O’Sullivan’s side so I kept it in me and I put to the right timing.

“I’m a respectable fighter, I come in the ring, I don’t disrespect my opponents, I train hard, I don’t trash talk and I respect that kind of behaviour.

“I felt great, I’m in superb shape. I gave you all a great knockout and a great event so I hope you’re all happy.”

Lemieux had previously fought Gennady Golovkin in 2015, said he’d like another shot at the champion. He would also like a shot at Alvarez he confirmed. Boxing ring generally use canvas but jigsaw mats are also used in some gym setups.

“I’m not rooting for anybody, I want to fight both of them,” he said in the post-bout interview.

“I think it’s a 50-50 chance fight. Canelo is an excellent boxer, so is Golovkin. It’s going to be an interesting fight”.

As it is Canelo went on to beat Golovkin via decision. In what was a very competitive fight the two of the three judges gave it to Canelo 115-113. It gave Alvarez the title via majority decision with the third judge scored it a 114-114 draw.

The fight was widely seen as a great fight with both fighters giving it their all. There is already talk of another Alvarez vs Canelo fight in the future to continue the rivalry. Both fighter would be wise to get back on their gym mats and training their hearts out until the next competition. Any fighter worth their weight in gold would spend most of their time training in their gym on their gym mats.


Boxing NAMA Akrotiri

Wrestling vs Wing Chun

It used to be the case that if a person chose to do a particular martial art that they stuck with it for a long time. Rarely did they delve into a new martial art as it was considered to be an act of disloyalty. I remember myself when I was training at a particular Wing Chun place in the city I was scolded when they found out that I was also training jiujitsu and kick boxing. My response at the time was that “you are no teaching me anything new so I want to try something else as well. Besides I am a customer and a student of martial arts and I will do what I want”.

As we know MMA has since taken off. And although I don’t claim to be the catalyst behind it, it was like minded people that brought about this new phenomena. Which brings me to wrestling.

Martial arts used to be broken down into traditional and modern categories. Even though wrestling has its roots in ancient time and is far older then either karate or kung fu, it was often thrown in the modern camp. Ironically it was in the same company and boxing and kick boxing, two arts that historically are also far older then the “traditional arts

These days wrestling is part of any serious mixed martial arts training regime. If you are not wrestling in one form or another then you are kidding yourself. The other day I saw a wing chun “master” questioning the need for training ground work. His absurd theory was that training to fight on the ground was akin to training to fight in the water. His thoughts were that wing chun is applicable every where. Even flying through the air. As a wing chun practitioner myself I felt embarrassed that this person was claiming to represent Wing Chun and disturbed that he was saying this to people who may very well believe him.

You see Wing Chun has a long history and has likely been refined over the years. Whilst it doesn’t have a ground work or wrestling element now you can bet your bottom dollar that those who utilised it as a facit of their training all those years ago also had some sort of wrestling training in their repertoire. Wing Chun would not have been the only element of their training, it would have been just one aspect of it and wrestling definitely would have featured prominently.

After Shoalin was burned down and the arts scattered for a long time the different system were isolated from one another and people began to think of them as competing arts and not complementary arts. This was a great loss to kung fu and martial arts as a whole as it stunted the evolution of martial art in China and by extension in the world. Thankfully fast forward 300 years and this split was rectified by MMA and the arts were once again unified.

If you want to be serious about your martial arts you must integrate some form of ground work or wrestling into your training. If you want to do wrestling then you need wrestling mats. If you need wrestling mats then a great choice is EVA interlocking jigsaw mats. And if you need interlocking EVA jigsaw mats then look no further then Ezy Mats or Southern Cross Mats. With these two gym mats suppliers you can’t go wrong. So in the future if you want interlocking jigsaw mats you know who to call.

MMA Mat and BJJ mats are great for Wrestling Mats


Wrestling is a term which is derived from the Old English word “wræstlunge“. Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling techniques such as clinch fighting, throws,  takedowns and other grappling techniques. There are a varied range of styles present in most cultures and civilisations of the world. Wrestling techniques are often incorporated into other martial arts and military hand-to-hand combat systems.

It the past wrestling took place either in the sand, on a field or in an arena. These days wrestling competitions take place in a sporting gymnasium or stadiums if they are larger competitions. Wrestling is also an Olympic sport and is very popular in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and North America.

Westlers usually train in a gymnastic on vinyl mats or synthetic mats. They are usually roll-out wrestling mats which are easy to install and remove. Some wrestlers train on EVA Wrestling mats as well.

Our jigsaw mats come in a variety of colours for your gym.

Foam Mats For Training

Foam mats is another name for EVA mats. Foam mats come in the form of jigsaw mats. So jigsaw mats and puzzle mats are often called foam mats. They are also referred to as EVA foam mats. One mats is referred to as a foam mat. More than one mat is called foam mats. So if you require a single mat you would come to Ezymats and say “give me one foam mats” or ” one interlocking foam jigsaw mat. If you needed more then one then you would require foam mats. That is you would require the plural of foam mat which is foam mats.

Generally a person would also be more specific and call them EVA foam mats. That is because they are both foam mats but also EVA. Hence the combination or EVA foam mats.

eva interlocking jigsaw mats

Interlocking – Module Mats

Modular mats, also well known as interlocking tiles or interlocking floor mats, are manufactured using the “jigsaw puzzle” structure. Unlike one-piece mat, modular mat consists of numerous elements that are easily and seamlessly assembled. Compared to other types of mats, interlocking mat has several sizes, depending on the amount of pieces in one kit.

Modular mat is a good solution for non-rectangular areas where standard shape mat is helpless. Interlocking mat is commonly used on a one-time or temporary basis: fitness centres and sport competitions, trade shows and conferences. A Modular mat requires less place for storage and can be easily transported.

Modular / interlocking mats are made from EVA foam and are often referred to as rubber mats. The yard also know as gym mats, judo mats, bjj mats, jigsaw mats, puzzle mats etc.

Gym mats

Gym Mats For Exercise

Gym mats are available in either vinyl or rubber depending on for what they are being used. Gym mats can also be EVA jigsaw mats. Each of the different types of mats can come in a variety of colours and sizes as well as in a variety of densities.

Vinyl Gym mats are not dissimilar to Gymnastics mats. They are generally vinyl mats with a compresses foam centre. Unlike tatami vinyl mats they have a smooth surface and do not have an anti-slip bottom. This means that they are reversible with both sides usable.

Gym mats are also available in rubber. Gym floor mats are used to protect the gym floor from dropped weights and as a shock absorbent material for weight training exercises. Among the many types of gym mats, rubber mats are perhaps the most popular. These types of mats can be found in all sizes and colours. They can be customised to fit the shape and needs of the gym. Usually, they are made with a tough outer layer. This tough layer ensures the durability of the mats.

For activities like aerobics EVA jigsaw mats are also a popular choice. They are easy to assemble and absorb the impact of jumping during aerobic activities. They are specifically made to fit numerous types of application such as rigorous exercises, exercising with weights, weight machines and may more.

Gym mats are essential additions to any gym. These mats provide protection to floors and gym equipment against heavy traffic and dropped weights. Moreover, they provide protection to the bodies of the gym users.

One of the many advantages of gym mats is that they are relatively easy to clean and maintain. They can also be sanitised to keep everyone healthy.


Rubber Mats

Rubber Mats

rubber mat is a generic term for a piece of flat rubber, generally placed on a floor or other flat surface, which serves a range of purposes including:


  • Providing a regular or flat surface, such as a mousepad.
  • Protecting that which is beneath the mat, such as a place mat or the matting used in archival framing and preservation of documents and paintings.
  • Protecting that which is above the mat, such as a wrestling or gymnastics mat, or an anti-vibration mat.
  • Changing the state of that which passes above it, such as a doormat attracting dirt from shoes.

Using rubber mats for flooring and matting provide the benefits of safety, being environmentally friendly, and comfort. Rubber mats are for outdoor and indoor activities for children. They are synonymous with overall flexibility, resilience and sturdiness.

Gymnastics Mats

Gymnastics Mats For Training

Mats are used for safety in gymnastics, and in training new skills. They are usually a piece of foam ranging from 1.5-28 inches thick, covered in a vinyl or plastic lining. The foam ranges in density from relatively firm to very soft.

Landing mats are usually blue, but can also be almost any other color. Mats come in a range of sizes, from very small mats used on the beam, to very large mats, used in the foam pits.

Typically, in both competition and practice, the use of mats is mandatory. On every event except floor exercise, pommel horse and vault, gymnasts may use an additional landing mat, without deduction, which may be adjusted for distance.

Beam pads

Gymnastics coach fastening a foam wrap to the balance beam.

This gymnastics coach is fastening a foam beam wrap to the balance beam.
These are thin mats that fasten around the balance beam. They are used only in training to give gymnasts training high-level skills additional protection and a wider landing space while working on the apparatus. Makeshift beam pads can also be constructed from soft mats placed over the beam surface, if necessary.


Blocks are firm, trapezoid or rectangular shaped mats. They can be attached to other blocks via velcro and straps. Blocks are routinely used as step-stools for gymnasts working on the bars or beam and as practice vaulting surfaces.

Crash mats

Typically, these mats are extremely thick and soft, and are used when an athlete is learning a new, high-impact skill.

Folding panel mats

These mats are thin, firm mats about twelve feet in length. They usually have alternating color panels and can be folded, stacked and attached to other mats via velcro strips at the ends. Normally used for practicing tumbling moves, these mats may be stacked to provide a protective surface for gymnasts working on the low balance beam, or provide a means for a gymnast to reach the bars or rings. They have a history of usage in gymnastics, martial arts and physical education classes. Schools generally purchase new folding mats once every 7 years. These mats are perfect for providing a level of protection for the body from high impact collisions with hard solid surfaces such as hardwood or concrete flooring. There are two main categories of foam used in these types of mats, cross-linked polyethylene foam and polyurethane foam.

Foam core

Polyethylene foam

Cross-linked polyethylene foam is a very solid and sturdy foam, when being used in a folding panel gym mat—it is generally accepted to be at a standard of 1 3/8″ thickness. Mats with this type of foam would be considered for professional use in sporting events.

Polyurethane foam

The foam is firm, but not as firm as the cross-linked polyethylene foam used in 1 3/8″ thick models. Because of the lack of firmness mats made with this type of foam generally use specifically 2″ thick 100 ILD open cell 4.5 lb. density polyurethane foam. Generally accepted uses of mats with this kind of foam are practice venues, home use, and youth amateur sports events.


Each mat although maybe of different foam generally have similar vinyl enclosures. 14 to 18 ounce polyester laminated vinyl is generally used in all folding mat applications. The vinyl covers should be fire-retardant (class – A), puncture and mildew resistant and have antibacterial properties to help maintain good hygiene. Velcro on each end of the mat allows a near seamless connection to additional mats for tumbling runs or expansive areas.

Jigsaw Mats

Interlocking EVA foam jigsaw mats (also known as puzzle mats) have become very popular over the last few years. Jigsaw mats are much more affordable compared to the traditional vinyl and tatami mats and can be used for many activities that include, gymnastics, aerobics, acrobatics, cross-training, MMABJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)AikidoKempo, Jiu Jitsu, Karate, NinjutsuKung FuWing Chun, Yoga, Taekwondo, Hapkido, Capoeira, Kick Boxing and Boxing.

Jigsaw mats are also known as puzzle mats, jiu jutsu mats, wrestling mats, judo mats, karate mats, rubber mats, gym mats, tae kwon do mats, and gymnastic mats just to name a few.

Interlocking jigsaw mats are easy to lay on any floor area are lightweight, easy to carry and durable. They offer a permanent or temporary cushioned floor solution for comfort and added safety. They are also increasingly popular for home gyms and children’s play areas.

Jigsaw mats are available in a variety of sizes. The sizes include 20mm jigsaw mats, 30mm jigsaw mats and 40mm jigsaw mats (which we have in stock). There are even 50mm mats jigsaw mats but they are rare.

Our jigsaw mats are of great quality and are easy to assemble. They are 1 metre squared in size and 40mm thick


Ranging from 4 feet x 8 feet to 6 feet x 12 feet, sizes usually only matter when limited by space or personal preference. In most cases – like in gymnastics – multiple mats are purchased to be strung together via Velcro to create the ultimate sure-footed tumbling experience. Generally mats used for gymnasiums and gymnastics come in 2-foot-wide panels and is why many in the industry call them folding panel mats or folding mats. The 2-foot-wide panels allow for ease in both set up and clean up when using the mats to becoming the perfect compact size for storage.

Incline mats

Gymnast performing handstand on a folding incline.

This Gymnast performs a Handstand on a folding incline.
Also known as wedge mats, cheese mats or simply “the cheese,” are firm mats shaped like right triangles. They are mainly used to teach and train beginning and intermediate gymnastics skills such as rolls, walkovers and handsprings.

Springboard mats

These firm mats are used on vault. They are U-shaped and surround the springboard on three sides. In the event that the gymnast’s foot misses the springboard during his or her vault attempt, he or she can push off the mat for momentum and, hopefully, avoid a serious injury. Under the current Code of Points, these mats are mandatory for any gymnast performing a Yurchenko-style vault.

Landing mats

These mats are thin and soft, and are usually white or red in color to distinguish them from the other mats and floor exercise area. They are used on the floor exercise to lessen the “sting,” or impact, of tumbling run landings and for dismounts on the beam or floor. Sting mats are routinely used in training, but are only rarely used or permitted in competition.

Judo founder


Judo, meaning “gentle way” is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano (嘉納治五郎). Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata, 型) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori, 乱取り). A judo practitioner is called a judoka.

The philosophy and subsequent pedagogy developed for judo became the model for other modern Japanese martial arts that developed from koryū (古流, traditional schools). The worldwide spread of judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Sambo and Brazilian jiujitsu.

History and philosophy

The early history of judo is inseparable from its founder, Japanese polymath and educator Jigoro Kano (嘉納 治五郎 Kanō Jigorō, 1860–1938), born Shinnosuke Kano (嘉納 新之助 Kanō Shinnosuke). Kano was born into a relatively affluent family. His father, Jirosaku, was the second son of the head priest of the Shinto Hiyoshi shrine in Shiga Prefecture. He married Sadako Kano, daughter of the owner of Kiku-Masamune sake brewing company and was adopted by the family, changing his name to Kano, and ultimately became an official in the Bakufu government.

Jigoro Kano had an academic upbringing and, from the age of seven, he studied English, Japanese calligraphy (書道 shodō) and the Four Confucian Texts (四書 Shisho) under a number of tutors. When he was fourteen, Kano began boarding at an English-medium school, Ikuei-Gijuku in Shiba, Tokyo. The culture of bullying endemic at this school was the catalyst that caused Kano to seek out a Jujutsu (柔術 Jūjutsu) dojo training place at which to train.

Early attempts to find a jujutsu teacher who was willing to take him on met with little success. With the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Meiji Restoration of 1868, jujutsu had become unfashionable in an increasingly westernised Japan. Many of those who had once taught the art had been forced out of teaching or become so disillusioned with it that they had simply given up. Nakai Umenari, an acquaintance of Kanō’s father and a former soldier, agreed to show him kata, but not to teach him. The caretaker of his father’s second house, Katagiri Ryuji, also knew jujutsu, but would not teach it as he believed it was no longer of practical use. Another frequent visitor to Kanō’s father’s house, Imai Genshiro of Kyūshin-ryū (扱心流) school of jujutsu, also refused. Several years passed before he finally found a willing teacher.

In 1877, as a student at the Tokyo-Kaisei school (soon to become part of the newly founded Tokyo Imperial University), Kano learned that many jujutsu teachers had been forced to pursue alternative careers, frequently opening Seikotsu-in (整骨院, traditional osteopathy practices).[6] After inquiring at a number of these, Kano was referred to Fukuda Hachinosuke (c.1828–1880), a teacher of the Tenjin Shin’yō-ryū (天神真楊流) of jujutsu, who had a small nine mat dojo where he taught five students. Fukuda is said to have emphasized technique over formal exercise, sowing the seeds of Kano’s emphasis on randori (乱取り randori, free practice) in judo.

On Fukuda’s death in 1880, Kano, who had become his keenest and most able student in both randori and kata (形 kata, pre-arranged forms), was given the densho (伝書, scrolls) of the Fukuda dojo.[9] Kano chose to continue his studies at another Tenjin Shin’yō-ryū school, that of Iso Masatomo (c.1820–1881). Iso placed more emphasis on the practice of kata, and entrusted randori instruction to assistants, increasingly to Kano. Iso died in June 1881 and Kano went on to study at the dojo of Iikubo Tsunetoshi (1835–1889) of Kitō-ryū (起倒流). Like Fukuda, Iikubo placed much emphasis on randori, with Kitō-ryū having a greater focus on nage-waza (投げ技, throwing techniques).


Judo practitioners use tatami vinyl mats and also EVA jigsaw mats for training. The kind supplied by Ezymats.

Tatami training mats are also know as judo mats

Judo Tatami Mats

About Judo


Judo, literally meaning “gentle way”, was created in Japan, in 1882, by Japanese martial artist Jigoro Kano. Initially it was designed to compliment physical training for fitness but also for self defence. It gentle nature was a means for a smaller person to overcome a larger individual. Today though it is generally considered as a modern martial art which is also a popular Olympic sport. Judo is now popular throughout the world which is evidenced by the number of nations represented at international judo competitions.

The most Identifiable feature of judo is the competitive elements which come with it.  With judo the main objective is to either throw an opponent to the ground. From there one would seek to immobilise the opponent with a pin, or force an opponent into a submission like a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands are not allowed in judo competition but can be used in a self defence situation.


Judo Mats

Judo mats have a tatami finish and are made of vinyl with an inner compressed sponge and anti skid bottom. They are available in 40mm and 50mm with density of 180kgs/cbm or 230kg/cbm. Sizes are either 1m x 1m or 1m x 2m.

Judo mats are great for high impact sports and judo competitions. Colours available are green, red, blue and yellow.


History of Tatami Mats

The term tatami is derived from the verb tatamu, meaning to fold or pile. This indicates that the early tatami were thin and could be folded up when not used or piled in layers. Tatami were originally a luxury item for the nobility.

During the Heinan period, when the architectural style of aristocratic residences was consummated, the flooring of shinden-zukuri palatial rooms were mainly wooden, and tatami were only used as seating for the highest aristocrats.

In the “Kamakura period”, there arose the architectural style of residence for the samurai and priests who had gained power. This architectural style reached its peak of development in the “Muromachi period” zashiki (lit., room spread out for sitting), and rules concerning seating and etiquette determined the arrangement of the tatami in the rooms.

It is said that prior to the mid-16th century, the ruling nobility and samurai slept on tatami or woven mats called goza, while commoners used straw mats or loose straw for bedding.


Modern Tatami Mats 

Now tatami mats are widely used in judo and other japanese martial art. They tend to me constructed with vinyl and foam but have the same finish as traditional tatami mats.

The details for the mats that we have on offer are as follows:

  • Size – 1mx1mx40mm
  • Colours – Black, Grey
  • Density – 230kg/cbm
  • Finish – Tatami


Judo Mats Australia

Ezy Mats is the preferred supplier for these mats and other training mats though out Australia. When you think judo mats Australia think no further then Ezy Mats. We have helped dojos fit out there training areas both big and small. We have also assisted other organisations like MMA clubs, karate clubs, aikido clubs, tae kwon do clubs and kung fu clubs with there training area fit out. Each time our customers have been very satisfied with the results and you will too.

So our mats are used by all sort of martial arts organisations. Apart from Judo they are also used by jiu-jitsu, BJJm MMA, karate, wrestling and grappling just to name a few. They are made from heavy duty material and are sure to last for years to come. Our mats are used by organisations both big and small.

As well as these great mats we also offer other types of exercise mats which include:

  • Wall Mats
  • EVA Mats
  • MMA Mats

If you have any special requirement such as different colour or sizes by email us or give us a call and we will help you the best we can.


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