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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.

 

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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.

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.

 

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. 

40mm Tatami Jigsaw Mats Black Grey

New Shipment of Tatami Jigsaw Mats Arrives

There is a new shipment of tatami jigsaw mats set to arrive in Melbourne. This is our first shipment of jigsaw mats with a tatami finish. Our jigsaw mats usually come with the t-pattern which is the most common finish on EVA jigsaw mats. We have decided to expand our range to include mats with the tatami finish due to popular demand. We have had many customers come to us in the past and request training mats  with a tatami finish so we added them to our extensive range of training and martial arts mats.

The tatami finish is a popular option for many different martial arts because it has a more traditional look. That said they are also sort after by other organisations involved in activities such as boxing and aerobics to name a few. They are sure to be in high demand so it is important that you book you mats now as they are sure to run out quickly. If the tatami jigsaw mats are a popular as we think they will be then we may also add them to our Sydney stock as well.

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Tatami Mats Respected Flooring By Japanese Sensei

The Ezymat Tatami mats are one of our more popular products we can offer. They are high-quality training mats which are high above the quality standard and we guarantee that any dojo or training facility with different programmes and types of training will have no problem using them. It can be also used as standard flooring for your home, it’s not just for dojos!

The mats are praised for their durability and stable texture, but the most important reason (often, the most overlooked) is that the Tatami mat boasts a very prominent status and importance among the ancient Dojo keepers and masters throughout the ages.

With a sacred status and a long-held tradition, the Tatami is one of our most sought after products and it is a high-quality flooring material which guarantees absolute satisfaction. Whether its house flooring you want, or you require if for your dojo, the Ezymats flooring with a tatami finish is all you need.

It is a well-known fact that the Tatami mat has had a cult status throughout the ages. Today, in modern day Japan, there’s not much difference either, and it is valued greatly among the masters of ceremony in Japan today. We have an important duty to explore and examine why the Tatami has the sacred status and is deemed important in Japan’s culture. It has a lush history, from the days when the Tatami was firstly used, through the days when the technique for manufacture was improving, and to the era of the perfect Tatami-weaving technique.

The manufacturing procedure uses up to seven or eight thousand pieces of rush grass to make up a Tatami mat. They are made of a very sturdy woven grass rice texture which was rolled around rice straws as a core. The intricate weaving technique makes sure they are nice and tight, and highly durable.

The big cities like Fukuoka and Hiroshima are known for their vast areas of rush grass, called Igusa. They are the main cities for rush production used for making Tatami mats, and the sped-up industrialization has hastened its production and manufacture greatly.

Tatami mats have been generally used since the 8th century Nara Period. The word “Tatami” is very old and the oldest record of the word usage is in one of the oldest Kojiki books, the ancient history books of Japan. The Heian period around the 9th century until the 1200s is the period when the Tatami mats were generally used, and in the Muromachi period, the Tatami mats became even thicker and more used by the Japanese noblemen.

Things were getting pretty serious around the late Muromachi period during the 16th century. Tatami mats were popping up everywhere, and they covered entire floors with intricate patterns of cut up Tatami mats.

Using odd patterns was regarded as bad luck and ill omen will follow the family if they weren’t placed in a very strict order, as told by the grandmasters and noblemen. One of the Tatami mats which the room consisted of is always half measure, while the others are full measure. The rooms were called “Zashiki”, which meant “spread rooms for sitting”.

Around this era of grand lifestyle, the Shoin-Zukuri style began emerging as a popular and fashionable choice for furniture and architecture, a staple of traditional Japanese furniture arrangement. Paper screens layered with intricate artwork and wooden frames, square wooden pillars, and of course, Tatami mats, finely arranged.

The great masters of the martial arts, throughout the ages, have showed nothing but absolute respect and almost a feeling of worship to the sacred status of the Tatami mat. All of which followed a strict codex and etiquette. The Zen masters always clean and tend to the Tatami mats, always keeping them nice and tidy. But, despite the fallout of the decline of Tatami mats around the 20th century, the noble Tatami flooring is still a part of the Japanese national identity.

Ezymats Tatami mats are available in 40mm thickness and a density of 230kg/cbm, with measures of 1m x 2m surfaces. Our mats are with a Tatami texture and finish, they are not entirely made of Tatami straws but they are made with heavy duty vinyl with an inner compressed sponge and an anti-skid bottom, and they can be separately ordered as 1m x 1m. Our Tatami Mats are perect for dojos and martial arts centres. They can withstand any high-impact activities and sports, and they last for a long time, all thanks to the great durability and material.

We at Ezymats supply EVA foam mats, MMA mats, wall mats, and of course, Tatami mats throughout Australia, and we have warehouses and shops in Sydney and Melbourne. You can always choose the mats which you need the most, and the mats that are most suited for your dojos.

Our Ezymats Tatami mats, are a perfect blend between the old traditional feel and the new modern technological advances which make the texture durable and fine. What’s more, they have a very pleasant smell while the smooth surface ensures no skin burns upon falling impacts.

To sum up, the Ezymats Tatami mats are the essential flooring material for your dojo or martial art centre. Basically, they are known as the fundamental part of the traditional Japanese home, as the home itself is nothing without the comfortable support of the Tatami. They make every home a pleasant abode.

We at Ezymats value the Tatami’s sacred status as an object of great importance and national identity. The durable and high-quality flooring material never fails to impress even the most skeptic of dojo masters. If you are looking for very durable and high-quality Tatami mats, then look no further than the Ezy Mats Tatami.

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Lyoto Machida Defeats Vitor Belfont at UFC 224:

In what was a brilliant display of fighting between two veteran Brazilian fighters Lyoto Machida beat Vitor Belfont via TKO in the the second round of their title fight at UFC 224. The win came via head kick by the karate expert which is a signature kick for him. The loss was Belfont’s final fight as he took of his gloves and put them in the centre of the ring as a symbolic gesture. Although it might not end his days on EVA mats in a training capacity, it will surely be his last time in the ring.

Lyoto on the other hand will most likely continue to fight even though he is no spring chicken at the tender age of 39. Lyoto has been a UFC fighter for some years now. He previously fought in the light heavy weight division but dropped down to middle weight for this fight. Lyoto is no stranger to the tatami mats having trained in Shotokan Karate before moving on to sumo, and BJJ amongths other arts. He has a distinctive style which is easily distinguishable from other MMA fighters.

Lyoto’s next fight has not been finalised but he was immediately called out by Michael Bisping following his victory which would make for an interesting match up.

 

grey tatami mats for judo training

Nine Facts About Traditional Tatami Mats

Ezymats sell modern tatami mats which are mainly used for judo and other martial arts training. They are made from vinyl and compressed foam. But did you know they were inspired by traditional Japanese tatami mats. If you are interested in traditional tatami mats below if some information.

Ezymats value the importance of a high quality traditional Tatami mat. They are the almighty flooring material, which no traditional Japanese home goes without. These mats are highly sought after in traditional homes and by interior designers. Tatami mats are the woven rush grass and cloth around a rice straw, and are very gentle underfoot. Now we will analyse 10 facts about the Tatami mats, do’s and don’ts, and their practical use in everyday life.

 

  1. Sitting on Tatami mats is strictly Seiza or cross-legged.

In the traditional Japanese way, appealing to the etiquette, Seiza (正座) is the proper way to sit on the Tatami mat. Cross-legged sitting is much more free and casual, as opposed to the traditional way of the Seiza. Seiza sitting is practically bending your legs and sitting on them, with the feet crossed under.

 

  1. Washitsu, the traditional Japanese room, is nothing without Tatami mat flooring.

The Tatami material is made out of rush and cloth, and when they grow older, the tatami turns from green to yellow. The cloth covers the woven ends and it is very soft underfoot. The traditional Japanese room uses Tatami mats for its standard flooring.

 

  1. Up to 7000 rush pieces are used to make Tatami flooring.

Cities like Hiroshima, Fukuoka and Kouchi are known for their vast quantity and manufacture of rush grass, or Igusa, as the Japanese call it. Machines in these highly industrialized cities make the weaving process a breeze.

 

  1. Generally, there are four Tatami sizes.

Tatami mats are made especially to fit the room size, and they are always made in the 2:1 ratio. Additionally, there are four popular sizes; Chuukyouma, Kyouma, Edoma, and Danchima.

 

  1. The Tatami mats are made of three parts.

The Doko is the inside part of the Tatami. In the ancient ways, the inside was filled with rice straw. This made way for bug problems and it wasn’t very comfortable above all. The modern Tatami changed this to compressed wood chips or even styrene foam. The Tatami Omote is the surface of the Tatami, made out of woven dried rush. Hemp or cotton is used as weaving warp. The Tatami Fuchi is the edge of the Tatami mat. The Fuchi utilizes a wrapped clothing around the end of the Tatami mat to hide the ends of the woven area for aesthetic purpose.

 

  1. Oki Tatami are mats specifically used for houses with Western aesthetic rooms.

These types of Tatami mats are called either Unit Tatami or Oki Tatami, and they’re rectangular in shape and are used in households that have westernized rooms with hardwood floors.

 

  1. There are also Tatami mats especially made for martial arts such as Judo.

Called Judo Tatami, these mats don’t use rush grass, but polymer sheet with a rough surface. The special surface makes sure that the mat doesn’t get dusty or cause skin burns during falls. These are the kind of mats that Ezymats supply to organisational around Australia.

 

  1. Cleaning the Tatami mats is pretty easy.

The cleaning can be done by vacuuming, with a piece of cloth, or with specialized floor mops. For a more thorough cleaning, a dry cloth piece would make the Tatami mat shine. Remember to clean in the same direction the rush is woven in, to avoid any damages.

 

  1. Rule #1: Never stand on Tatami mats with your shoes on.

In order to fully respect the ancient customs, one must remove their shoes when entering a Tatami room. Shoes are an absolute faux pas when etiquette is in order, as they do not show a tidy respect to the atmosphere of the Tatami, not to mention that they might damage the woven rush.

 

Some of the rules apply to modern tatami mats as well. 

These are tatami mats for martial arts training and judo.

New Stock of MMA Mats in April

We are happy to announce that we have new stock of MMA mats and tatami mats arriving in our Sydney warehouse in April. The mats are running on schedule even though we just went through the busy period of Chinese New Year which effect production schedules. The shipment will consist of:

  • Grey MMA Mats
  • Black MMA Mats
  • Grey Tatami Mats
  • Black Tatami Mats

Both the MMA mats and the tatami mats will be 40mm thick and have dimensions of 2×1 metres. The mats are ideal for both martial arts training and other training such as yoga, gymnastics and cross training.

In the same shipment we will also have 600 jigsaw mats. The jigsaw mats will be:

  • Black / Grey
  • Black / Red
  • Blue / Red

Our mats tend to sell quickly so it is important to reserve your mats if you require them urgently. We would be happy to take a deposit in order to reserve the mats for you.