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Boxing NAMA Akrotiri

Stipe Miocic to Fight Daniel Cornier Again

The UFC has finalised a heavyweight title matchup between Daniel Cormier and former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic for a pay-per-view event on Aug. 17, in Anaheim, California. The fight will be the first time the pair have fought since their last fight which saw Cornier take the title off Miocic. Stipe announced that “I’m ready, I’ve been ready. And I’m going to take back what’s mine”, meaning the belt he lost to Cornier.

Cornier had originally been slated to fight Brock Lesnar in a title fight but Lesnar announcing his retirement put a stop to that line-up. Brock will likely continue his WWE career on the wrestling mat rather than risk it in the Octagon. It is probably a good idea as a loss in MMA is much more devastating than in “rocking roll” wrestling which sees champions recycled and reused on a regular basis (my opinion only).

The Stipe Miocic v Daniel Cornier fight should be an interesting bout. Stipe will surely spend a lot of time training on jigsaw mats or MMA mats before the bout as he will want to regain the title he defended a record 3 times before his loss. For Cornier a win will mean maintaining a near perfect record with the only loss in his career coming against living legend Jon Jones. What ever happens it will be an excellent fight.

Exchange rate vs USD

Australian Interest Rates Cut to Historic Low

Australian interest rates have been cut to their lowest level in history with the official rate is now just 1.25 per cent. It was the first cut in over 2 years. Originally markets had been expecting that the next move would be up for interest rate. Low inflation and rising unemployment changed that sentiment and this latest rate cut was factored as an absolute certainty by markets.

Last month, the RBA governor Philip Lowe said he expected the economy’s growth rate to pick up from 2.3 per cent to 2.75 per cent by the end of this year, while maintaining a steady unemployment rate, but that that forecast was built on the assumption that he would cut rates twice this year.

Mr Lowe said today that despite strong employment growth over the past 12 months, rising participation, and reports of skills shortages in some areas, there has been “little further inroads” into the spare capacity of the labour market recently.

What the rate cut means for consumers is lower interest rates on their home loans and credit cards. This is expected to boast consumer spending on such items as tatami mats and MMA mats.  Both tatami mats and MMA mats are looked at as a discretionary item which means they are not a necessity such as bread and milk. As such now that consumers have more money to play around with the likelihood of them purchase goods such as tatami mats and MMA mats has increase. This would also extend to jigsaw mats and other training mats.

Whilst there are predictions of another rate cut that is not necessarily the case. The RBA might chose to wait and see what happens before acting again. There is talk of a rate cut in the US and other stimulus around the world which might boost the world economy and as such have a positive impact on Australia’s domestic economy.

Swede UFC Fighter Alexander Gustafsson retired from MMA

Alexander Gustafsson Retires from MMA Mat After UFC Stockholm

UFC fighter Alexander Gustafsson has chosen to retire from the UFC and professional MMA fighting after his loss to veteran Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night in Stockholm Sweden. The big Swede, who also goes by the nick-name “Lionheart”, simply stated that “the show is over, guys”. Gustafsson, 32, was submitted by Smith in the 4th round via rear naked choke. It is not a pretty way to go but much better then a straight knock-out.

Alexander Gustafsson was famous for being the only MMA fighter to take Jon Jones the distance. No only did he take him the distance but issued the only real scare to the UFC legends fighting career. Amongst other things Jone Jones tweeted after the retirement announcement “You held the division to a standard and made us better”, Jones said. After such a long MMA career it will be sad to see Alexander retire from the MMA mat. It is never a good think when a fighter of such calibre has to call it a day. Hopefully he will continue to play a roll in MMA in some form helping others hone their skills training MMA on the jigsaw mats of the future.

Tatami Mats and MMA Mats more expensive

Ezy Mats Announces Tatami Mats and MMA Mats Price Rise

Ezy Mats has announced a rise in pricing for Tatami Mats and MMA Mats. There has been pressure on the price of both these mats for sometime now as the Australian Dollar has taken a dive. The escalating trade war between the US and China, The two largest economies in the world, has sent jitters down the global markets hitting the Australian dollar particularly hard. The AUD is susceptible to threats to the Chinese economy due to our reliance on China for trade.

These price rises has thus far been confined to Tatami Mats and MMA Mats. The price of jigsaw mats has remained stable for the time being but there is no guarantee that they won’t go up in the future. The price of jigsaw mats is be more resilient then tatami mats and MMA mats for the following reasons:

  • Cheaper to produce
  • Cheaper to ship
  • Economies of scale in production

But despite the above one can expect the price of jigsaw mats and other training mats to go up should the weak dollar persist. It is hoped that the Chinese and Trump will soon come to their senses and work out a deal.

 

Donald trump and gym mats

Market Watch

The Reserve Bank of Australia surprised the markets by keeping rates on hold. The statement that they released did not suggest that they would be cutting later on this year. The decision and the statement buoyed the Australian Dollar pushing it up above $0.70. The dollar have been in the doldrums since Donald Trump decided to renew his hard-line stance in China. With trade negotiation back on track Trump decided to add a spanner in the works by tweeting his thoughts.

The Australian dollar has been trending lower lately. The result of which might be the rise in price of imported goods such as jigsaw mats. Every time the dollar fulls against the American dollar it puts further pressure on pricing. Whilst it hasn’t had a significant effect on inflation up until now there could be one in the future. The price of jigsaw mats has remained stable thus far but they could rise in the future. While current stock prices won’t rise there is always a possibility that any further depreciation in the AUD could cause the price of jigsaw mats and MMA mats to rise.

New Shipments of MMA mats, Jigsaw Mats and tatami Mats coming to Sydney

New Training Mats Arrive Tomorrow

We have a shipment or training mats arriving tomorrow. The shipment has been on the water for that last 3 weeks and final hit Sydney port over the weekend. The training mats in the container should be available from Wednesday when they will well and truly be in our warehouse. Although some of them mats have been pre-ordered they will still have lots of mats available for the general public.

The shipment will consist of the following MMA mats, tatami mats and jigsaw mats:

  • Tatami mats – Grey x 75
  • Tatami mats – Black x 75
  • MMA mats – Grey x 120
  • MMA mats – Red x 45
  • MMA mats – Black x 145
  • EVA mats – Red/Blue – 20mm x 200
  • EVA mats – Red/Blue – 40mm x 200
  • EVA mats – Black/Grey x 200

All up there are 1060 mats coming in with this shipment. About 200 mats have been pre-ordered with the rest available for other customers.

mma mats compared to tatami mats

Tatami Mats Versus MMA Mats

When looking to outfit your gym it is imperative that you plan accordingly to ensure that you get the best outcome for both your business and clients. The kind of mats you use will be the most visible thing your customers see when they enter your training area. As they say first impressions last for ever. So if your customer’s see a quality training area then they will assume quality training. If not then they won’t.

When your chose MMA mats or Tatami mats from Ezymats then you are chose a quality mat. Both our mats are a great addition to any gym whether it be a MMA gym and any other martial arts activity. They are solid and durable and have a density of 230kg/m2. Our MMA mats and tatami mats are currently in use all over the country. From major cities to country town you will find Ezy Mats training mats. But when looking at MMA mats and tatami mats how do you chose?

Quite simply the mats are essential the same. The have the same density, are the same size, come in same colour options and use the same material. The only difference between the two is that the MMA mats come in a smooth finish whereas the tatami mats come with a texture finish. The reason you would chose the MMA mats is that you have a preference for smooth mats. This would be because:

  • You prefer the feel
  • You prefer the look
  • You want to reduce mat burn during grappling
  • You just like it that way

With tatami mats your preference may be:

  • You prefer the look
  • You want more grip during training
  • You want the traditional tatami finish
  • You teach a traditional martial arts
  • You just like it that way

So as you can see there are a variety of reasons to chose either. But at the end of the day they both cost the same and will do the job. 

Conor McGregor Smashing Phon

Video Of MMA Fighter Conor McGregor

Apparently a video has been released showing MMA fighter Conor McGregor allegedly grabbing a fans phone and smashing it on the ground. He is the seen stomping on the phone whilst his entourage blocks the alleged fan. McGregor was later arrested by the police and charged with numerous offences. He was release on bail pending further enquiries by the cops. This is the second time Conor has found himself in trouble after previously smashing a bus with UFC fighters on board. 

It is not clear how much time Conor has spent on MMA mats training nor what is upcoming fight will be. It has been sometime since he was seen training on MMA mats in the gym. It is not certain if he has a preference for training on MMA mats or jigsaw mats. What is certain is that he would need to train on some kind of training mat as a mixed martial artist. It is well know that mixed martial artists train on jigsaw mats and other kinds of surfaces. He has been seen around town travelling with his entourage.

Whilst the outcome of the latest incident is not know it can be assumed that the alleged victim might seek compensation for their smashed phone. Although the owner of the phone has expressed disappointment that a phone which had photos of his son on it is now gone including the photos. It would not be hard for Conor to replace the phone considering the reported $100M he received fighting Mayweather. Lets hope he replaces the fans phone.

US Dollar and gym mats and jigsaw mats

AUD Falls After RBA Speech

The AUD traded down to the lowest level since January 4th after the RBA speech which indicated lower then expected growth and inflation. The Aussie was off against all of the majors except for the NZD. The RBA Governor Philip Lowe recalibrated interest rate expectations from mildly hawkish to neutral due a slow down in economic activity as a result of the down turn in the housing market and other international uncertainty. This despite the fact that iron ore is trading at highs and the price of oil is holding up. Both of which are major Australian commodities. Adding to the pain was a weak retail sales reading and a marked decline in imports and exports in December.

This resulting sell down for the currency might have the effect of impacting inflation which would be ironic considering it was one of the RBA’s chief concerns. The depreciation in the currency will have a effect on any new imports of jigsaw mats and MMA mats. Whilst we always endeavour to keep pricing down any persistent downward trend in the value of the AUD has an impact on pricing. This is true of all products imported into Australia. Jigsaw mats are imported from China as too are MMA mats.

Abu Dhabi Pros MMA Mats

Abu Dhabi Pro Use MMA Mats

The Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Youth Championship were held from April 22 and 23 in UAE, while the Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship kicked off on April 24. The event started with a big opening ceremony and was accompanied by the King of Mats competitions. The event continued until April 27 and was followed by the final round of the black and brown belts.  The Abu Dhabi Pros  then came to an end on April 29 with the Abu Dhabi World Award ceremony.

What is interesting to note is that the Abu Dhabi used professional MMA mats. While it was unclear where they were sourced they were absolutely professional mats which would have been great for rolling and general competition. The MMA mats, just like ours, have a smooth surface, which helps eliminate mat burn. This would have been especially welcomed by the participants. Most grappling competitions now use either smooth MMA mats of tatami mats as was evident in this years Judo Championships.

While many of the participant would train on EVA mats (also known as jigsaw puzzle mats) in their home countries they are generally no longer used in competitions like the Abu Dhabi Pros. The Abu Dhabi Pros are one of the largest BJJ competitions in the world. The other choice for many students of BJJ is just general jigsaw mats of exercise mats. Exercise mats are essential for practitioners of BJJ both professional and amateurs. For people aspiring to competitions like the Abu Dhabi Pros it is essential to utilise a good exercise mats when training in the gym.