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Exercise Mats For A Better World

I watch two movies on Saturday, Revenge of the Sith, and War of The Worlds. As you know one if the Star Wars franchise where Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader. The other is the movie starring Tom Cruise in the movie based on the Orson Welles Story where the aliens come down to Earth and try to destroy the world that we live in. In both movies it is a struggle between good and evil and we don’t know who will win until the bitter end. With WOTW it is the humans who inevitably prevail. In ROFS we seen Anakin transform in the evil and in the second last seen starting what will become the death star. But after that we see Leah and Luke being place in the foster care of two loving families.

These two movies got me thinking about how much better the world would be if every one, including Darth Vader, would just buy some exercise mats and work off that excess energy that makes them do so much bad. I reckon if Dark Vader had been a gym junkie he never would have turned to the dark side and in fact would have continued to be a good guy. With some good exercise mats he never would have gotten into the fight with Obi Wan Kenobi and therefore would not have been render the cripple which gave what’s his name the opportunity to turn him into Darth Vader in the first place. Indeed the “Empire” as they called themselves, never would have succeeded if the population had embraced a healthy lifestyle instead of fighting the Jedi. 

Even other characters such as Jaber the Hut would have been a much nicer person if he had just purchased some good exercise mats such as jigsaw mats and got off his slimy fat butt and done some exercise. His scene when he is trying to eat Princess Leia is just dodgy to the extreme. I mean I am not say it would have made it any different if he had been thinner but I can imaged that Leia would have been grossed out by the big fat slob. I mean the civilisation in the Star Wars movies are meant to be advanced so some good gym mats would have been expected. That said I have never seen a scene of people working out in those movies.

In War of the Worlds it is pretty much similar. You have this advanced civilisation that is invading Earth. They managed to get their space ships here and land on the planet. Yet even though they are so advanced they failed to figure out that they might come and catch a cold and die here. The dam flu is what got then in the end? Again had they had themselves some good exercise mats and worked out a bit maybe their immune systems would have been stronger and they would have survived. I guess it is luck us that they didn’t. Whatever!

 

 

MMA Mats

Maybe Not Zebra Mats But Still Great Gym Mats

There are all sorts of mats suppliers out there supplying all sorts of mats. When it comes to protective mats a large segment is for children mats. That because when parents first have kids they are petrified that something is going to happen to their baby. They see it trying to walk and falling on its but so often they can’t help but think that it will cause them damage. That is why EVA play mats are so popular and by extension EVA mats. Indeed EVA mats are to most popular mats when it comes to kids mats primarily because they are so inexpensive and readily available. There is a whole industry revolving around supplying parents with goods for their new born and this includes EVA mats.

It the build of martial arts EVA mats are also very sort after, EVA jigsaw mats are the number one selling martial arts mats on the market. They are number one for martial arts for many of the same reasons that they are for kids mats. Not only are they ready available but they are inexpensive which make them ideal for people how are on a budget and just need good martial arts mats for their gym. Also they are pretty durable so you know they will last for years to come. If you were to visit any number of martial arts schools across this country you would be likely to find EVA mats in use.

Sometimes though people are looking for a premium type of mat and in those cases they might want to go with a vinyl mats. Vinyl mats such as Zebra Mats are higher up when you think about martial arts mats. They are the type of mats that you would find at a UFC gym or professional MMA gym. These kind of MMA mats are great for other activities but you will generally find them being used by professional organisations.  The good news is that you don’t have to fork out the amount you would normal for these kinds of mats. These days there are great suppliers out there of vinyl mats that don’t come with the excessive price tag. You would want to make sure that the mats are good though and asking for a sample is recommended before buying.

 

 

Elizabeth Warren v Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Founder Zuckerberg To Go To The Mats Against Warren

Politics is a funny thing. Sometimes in response to it people say some funny things. Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has been touting her policies during the campaign for the presidential nomination and some of those policies have been revolving around big tech companies. The basic gist of it is that she wants to take on the big tech companies and curtail what she perceives has near monopoly positions that some of them have such as Facebook and Google. She has been threatening to break up the companies as a anti-trust measure aimed at protecting the consumer.

Obviously the big tech companies are not very happy with the move. It is reminiscent of the fight the Commerce Department had with Microsoft all those years ago when it was thought that the company had a monopoly over the software market and was using it to stifle competition. At the time Bill Gate vigorously defended his company and after losing the first court case against the government came back and won on appeal. This time it is the brash young CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, that is in the firing line and he has come out swinging. His response, interestingly, was to say he would “go to the mats” against Warren. 

What is interesting is the analogy that he uses. Going to the mats is a reference to MMA fighting where two opponents go to the mats and fight until one either “taps out” and is submitted by their opponent or they are knocked out. It is interesting that MMA has become so popular that is has become the new reference in the place of using boxing reference (going toe to toe) or baseball (knock it out of the park). It is testament to how far MMA has come. Probably shows why MMA mats are so popular. Now we don’t know what kind of mats Zuckerberg was referring too. Was it MMA mats, was it foam mats,  or even jigsaw mats he didn’t say.

EVA interlocking jigsaw rubber gym mats

The Right Grappling Mats Supplier

The fastest growing combat sport in Australia at the moment is grappling. Whether it is BJJ, judo, jiu-jitsu (ju jutsu) or plain old wrestling, grappling arts are currently exploding all over the country.     Grappling arts have become so popular ever since the advent of MMA or mixed martial arts as it is otherwise know. This probably explains why a new BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) club is open almost every other day. With all the coverage you find on television and the internet it is no wonder it has become so popular.

Even so it is not that easy to set up a grappling or BJJ club. Sure one of the most important things you need is the actual skill. Not every Tom, Dick and Harry can open a BJJ club for example. First you need to have the correct qualifications such as a black belt or coaching credentials. The other thing you need is the right premises. You need a lot of room if you want to practice grappling as you need room to roll around with your training partner. The other thing you most definitely need and can train without is the right equipment.

To find the right equipment you first need to find the right suppliers and the most import supplier is the one that is going to supply you with your training mats. Training mats are the most crucial aspect of any grappling gym. Without out your training mats you are just a chump. You can’t just use any old training mat either. You need good training mats which are going to survive the test of time. You need mats on the floor. You need mats on the wall. Most of all you to be on the ball.

Tatami Mats are one of the most popular mats for professional gyms. Tatami mats have a tatami finish which is important for traditional grappling clubs such as jiu-jitsu schools and judo schools. They like the tatami finish because it makes them feel like they are in Japan training in one of those traditional style dojos. For people that don’t feel an affinity with the traditional schools there is always the option of the smooth surface. These mats we call MMA mats even though they are just tatami mats without the tatami finish.

If you are going to open a professional grappling school in Australia then you can’t go by Wall Padding. Firstly there are probably OHS issues which need to be abided by. At the end of the day you don’t want some schmuck crashing into the wall during training and injuring themselves. A training hall without wall padding or wall mats is just a lawsuit waiting to happen. That probably explains why any good school will have wall padding on the wall. Lot also have mirrors so you can check you hair while training but mostly they have wall padding and wall mats.

So when you think about  Grappling Mats Australia  then you should be thinking about when to get the best mats for your grappling institution. Yes there are grappling schools all over the place now but you don’t want to be one of those dodgy ones that aren’t fit out properly. Consumers these days are smart and they know they don’t have to settle for second best when only the best will do.

Ip Man uses jigsaw mats for wing chun training

China’s first UFC champion Zhang Weili

China has their first UFC champion with the victor by Zhang Weili over Jessica Andrade at UFC Shenzhen over the week end. Fighting in her home country China, Zhang Weili readily beat Brazilian Jessica Andrade with a tsunami of punches from which Andrade was not able to recover. Zhang finished the fight via a TKO that came in the first 42 seconds of the first round.  Zhang is now officially first ever UFC champion from China. She is also  the second UFC titleholder ever born in Asia. China’s success in the UFC should continue with the UFC opening a $13M performance centre in Shenzhen to develop talent.

Zhang Weili was born in Hebei, which is a coastal province in northern part of China. Hebei is known for kung fu, a Chinese martial art, and here is a strong kung fu presence in Zhang’s hometown of Handan, which is how Zhang was introduced to combat sports. Zhang states that her  favourite fighter  in the UFC is Tony Ferguson. Videos of Ferguson show him training with the wooden dummy and other aspects of Wing Chun. Although not the classic form of Hong Kong Wing Chun it is interesting that he uses it it his training. 

What’s next for Zhang is anyones guess. After going back to her BJJ mats for some training surely she will be up for a challenge against other UFC fighters keen to take her on. With a rounded martial arts such as Zhang it would be no surprise if she were back at The Black Tiger Fight Club in Beijing training on the martial arts mats for another fight. A dedicated fighter doesn’t wait before getting back on their BJJ mats or martial arts mats readying themselves for what comes next

Boxing NAMA Akrotiri

Stipe Miocic Defeats Daniel Cornier at UFC 241

After months training for the event at his gym on jigsaw mats and after waiting more than a year for a rematch Stipe Miocic was able to beat Daniel Cornier for the heavy weight title at UFC 241. It was an exciting fight to watch on a Sunday afternoon (saturday night in the US) at the Star Casino. Although it took until the four round, Miocic was finally able to defeat Daniel Cornier get back the belt. 

Daniel pretty much controlled the fight for the first three rounds continually connecting with his jab which bloodied Miocic’s face. Whats more his grabbing of Stipe’s hands both frustrated the fighter and stopped him from throwing any meaningful punches. At one point Cornier picked Miocic up and threw him to the ground, although it was not as violent a throw and it could have been.

By the fourth rounds it pretty much looked like it would be another victory for Cornier. I had $350.00 riding on the fight having bet a multi which include a win for Diaz in the earlier fight and a KO victory for Stipe. I was about to rip up my ticket when I saw the tide turn and Miocic begin to take the fight to Cornier. As I shouted “you should have done that all along you clown” Miocic chopped into the champ through huge punches to his ribs and then a flurry of punches which ultimately felled Cornier.

Testimony to how great the fight was are the statistics. Cormier landed a UFC heavyweight record 181 significant strikes in the loss. Cormier and Miocic combined for 304 significant strikes.Miocic is now tied with Tim Sylvia for second in UFC history with five title fight victories. Randy Couture has the most with six.

UFC 241 drew a sellout crowd of 17,304 to Honda Center, setting a new California gate record for MMA at $3,237,032. I on the other hand went home with a pocket full of money. 

The moral for the story is that if you want to be a champ then you have to prepare and the best way to prepare is you have some good jigsaw mats or MMA mats which will make the task all the more easier.

Cornier vs Miocic 2

Daniel Cornier Rematch With Stipe Miocic

Daniel Cornier and Stipe Miocic will have their much anticipated rematch at Honda Centre in Anaheim California on the 18th of August. The fight has been a long time in the making and follows Cornier’s knock out victory over Miocic. Stipe Miocic has been calling for the rematch for some time now as he has waited to avenge his loss of the heavyweight title after defending it for a record three consecutive times.

Miocic has said that he has spent a lot of time on jigsaw mats preparing for this event. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work on MMA mats to prepare for a fight like this. His training would have included a lot of grappling to counter Cornier’s experience in that field but also stand up boxing and kickboxing. Miocic would be more than aware of the importance of this fight as he tries to regain the title that he lost and cement his legacy in the UFC.

Daniel Cornier would have also spend a large amount of time training on jigsaw mats at his MMA gym. Cornier is nearing the end of his career and another victory against the legendary Miocic would see him elevated to GOAT status, a field occupied by only a handful of UFC fighters.

Fall in Interest Rate Rise in Gym mat pricing

The AUD and Interest Rates Effect on Gym Mat Pricing

With Australia’s unemployment rate remaining at 5.2%, even though jobs growth was solid, one can expect the RBA to continue to look at the state of the economy and the need to stimulate it. The participation rate rose confirming that a lot of slack remains in the labour market which means wages growth should remain subdued for the time being. With this the RBA minutes revealed they will “continue to monitor developments in the labour market closely and adjust monetary policy if needed”. What this means that the chances of another rate cut could be on the cards.

Obviously the Federal Government is comfortable with the current economic situation otherwise they would be injecting more stimulus into the economy. Either that or they have run out of ideas. Either way we can’t expect to see any action by this government or reaction to what the RBA is saying. What that means is that all that we can expect is that any response to economic decline will need to come from the RBA, and all the RBA can really do is reduce interest rates.

Should the RBA chose to reduce interest rates there will be a number of effect. These effects are as per below:

  1. We can expect the AUD to fall against the USD. This is what has been happening ever since the RBA first started to drop interest rates. Also the rise in the Fed Reserve Rate in the US has further exacerbated the effect. Obviously when the AUD falls it leads to imported inflation as a large portion of what Aussies consume is imported. The same can be said for gym mats which are an imported product. Gym mats are everything from:
  • Jigsaw Mats
  • EVA mats
  • Tatami Mats
  • MMA Mats
  • Yoga Mats

2. It would be hoped that a fall in interest rate will stimulate the economy. When consumers have access to cheap credit it is hoped that they will borrow money and purchase things such as cars and other items. This then is meant to lead to inflation which is necessary to help the economy. One would expect that this inflationary effect would also touch products such as gym mats and thereby causing their price to rise.

3. Business expansion is the final frontier of rising interest rate. As well as encouraging consumers to consume more products such as gym mats, it is hoped that increase consumption and cheap credit will also encouraged businesses to invest more. This investment is meant to spur employment as companies general require more equipment and workers when they expand. So for example if an MMA club decides to setup a new school due to more demand for their services than they will require gym mats such as MMA mats and jigsaw mats for their premises.

So you see the effects of a rise in interest rates are immediate. How effective they are in the long term remains to be seen. Whether they can be effective without reciprocal government stimulus is also another question.

Jon Jones beat Thiago Santos at UFC 239

Jon Jones Beat Thiago Santos at UFC 239

It was hardly a vintage Jon Jones performance. In what was probably one of the most lackluster efforts in his long reign as UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones beat Thiago Santos. Although there didn’t seem to be much separating the two fighters in the end Jones was able to come away with a split decision to retain his title at UFC 239.

Despite being a hard fought victory, Jones set a UFC record for the longest unbeaten streak at 17 wins. This sure will serve to cement Jones’ reputation as the best fighter in UFC history, even if not everyone thinks so. Some believe that the best fighter in UFC history is Fo Man Chu from the Shaolin School of Divinity. Much of the training there is done on jigsaw mats and EVA mats which are renown for breeding superior MMA 

What is interesting about the fight with Santos is that Jones never really went for a takedown and did not utilise his superior wrestling. It makes one wonder does he need to join the Shaolin School of Divinity and train on their famed jigsaw mats and EVA mats. Certainly something to consider. “Don’t you think Jonesy?”

black and grey gym mats for martial arts training.

High Dollar Helps Jigsaw Mats and Tatami mats

The Australian dollar has continued its edge higher in recent days, reaching 6-week highs and now up 2.5% from the lows reached in mid-June. However, with the RBA having a meeting next week (the markets pricing in a 68% chance of a rate cut, according the EzyMats) and the continuing trade wars there is still a chance that the AUD’s rise could run out of steam.  What it says in the mean time is that the markets are starting to think that the Aussie economy is not doing all that bad. The rate even reach $0.70 this morning which is the first time in a couple of weeks that it has reached that level.

The end result of a buoyant AUD for the jigsaw mat and tatami mat markets if overall positive. There has been pressure on the pricing of both jigsaw mats and tatami mats recently. This has been reflected in the rising prices with both jigsaw mats and tatami mats experiencing price rises. Has the decline in the AUD continued there were expectations of further price rises. Fortunately for now the threat of that happening seems to have abated.