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Best Jiu Jitsu Mats

Explore the jiu jitsu flooring options Greatmats offers

As fun and exciting as sparring can be, those who practice it often know that it takes practice, strength and a positive mental attitude to overcome the risks associated with it. Beyond the obvious chokes and joint locks, some of the risks include hard falls, mat burns, contusions and other forms of injuries.

The better prepared you are for these risks, the less severe their consequences. Part of that preparation is training and competing on a professional level martial arts mat that is specifically to address the concerns and risks associated with jiu-jitsu.

Fortunately, Gym Rubber by Greatmats offers an amazing line of the best jiu-jitsu mats for both homes and studios. They are available in 1x1 meter and 2x2 foot puzzle mats, roll out mats and even folding mat form. Each version has its own benefits and drawbacks. Let's review a few.

1x1 Meter Jiu Jitsu Puzzle Mats

First up - the go-to choice for home gyms and studios all over the place. Gym Rubber by Greatmats is widely recognized for its top-of-the-line Grappling MMA puzzle mats, which have been used for years by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legends, such as 7-time world champion Rodrigo ''Comprido'' Medeiros and fellow world champion Rafael Ellwanger. They are also the mat of choice for the Gracie United banner of BJJ academies and the South USA Grappling Association.

These mats are unique in the way that they provide safety from all angles. Users are relieved to find a jiu-jitsu mat that is both non-abrasive to skin and safe for falling.

Greatmats Grappling MMA mats are one of the few jiu-jitsu mats available with a critical fall height rating, which means that athletes can rest easy knowing they have the floor to protect them when they go down. These mats have been rigorously tested and proven to protect against major head injuries from fall of up to 4 feet. As an added bonus, these mats passed the egg-drop test. Just for fun, they were tested to see from how high a raw egg could be dropped onto the mats without it breaking. Everyone was blown away to find that the maximum height an egg was dropped onto this mat without it breaking was a whopping 68 feet. Not only did the egg survive the drop from that height, but it bounced back approximately 16 feet.

In addition to the padded protection, these floors also protect users from skin burns with its no-burn tatami texture. The 1 5/8 inch thick mats are made entirely of EVA foam with the tatami texture molded into the surface. The EVA material offers enough firmness to provide a stable surface with excellent grip but gives enough to allow skin to push forcefully across the surface without damaging your skin or the mat. Jiu-Jitsu is a sport in which skin often comes into contact with the floor, which makes this mat quality extremely important.

Greatmats also offers a thinner version of this mat, that has not been fall-height tested, called Judo Mats Interlocking Lite. This mat is 1.25 inches thick.

Each version boasts a puzzle-edge connecting design, which makes assembly easy as can be. Plus, with so much ease and freedom in the installation process, users can expand or reduce the size of your flooring at will. They can also be cut to fit and have four border strips included with each mat to create a finished edge, and are reversible. The 1 5/8 inch thick mats also have the option of having ramped border strips, which are sold separately.

2x2 Foot Home Jiu Jitsu

The Grappling MMA mats are also available in a smaller, home version, called Home MMA BJJ Mats. They offer the same no-burn tatami surface and 4-foot critical fall height rating, just in a 2x2 foot size. They also come with two border strips per tile instead of four.

These offer all of the easy-assembly qualities of the first mat, except they cover smaller areas of space. These tiles are smaller and thus weight less than their bigger counterparts, which makes them even easier to install and transport. Like the other sizes of foam mats, these interlock neatly next to each other due to their precision handmade craftsmanship. Once assembled, there are no chance tiles will come apart by chance. They create a sturdy, long-lasting floor for years to come. These are the easiest jiu-jitsu mats for transportation and portability but will have the most seams.

As a side note, beware that foam tiles can expand with changes in heat and humidity. Always let foam tells acclimate to their new environment before installing them.

Roll Out Mats

Another great home jiu-jitsu mat option is the Gmats Roll Out Mat in a 5x10 foot size and 1.25-inch thickness. These are the best jiu-jitsu mats for a super quick yet heavy-duty install you can rely on. These mats offer a cross-linked polyethylene foam core, topped with a durable tatami vinyl surface. This is quite possibly the fastest grappling mat to install for small areas as it simply unrolls and lays flat without any seams. Although mats are not designed with an interlocking system, they can still be used to cover larger spaces. Simply lay mats side by side and connect using vinyl tape.

Folding Gym Mats

When it comes to versatility and padding, folding gym mats are the best jiu-jitsu mats. These mats can serve dual purposes as both wall padding and floor matting. The smooth vinyl-wrapped polyethylene foam panel mats fold and unfold accordion style and are available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. The most popular gym mat for grappling is Gym Rubber's Gym Mats 5x10 ft x 2 inch 4V 18 oz mats. These mats offer the best value for their price and are equipped with hook and loop connectors on all four sides to allow you to expand your jiu-jitsu training surface.

Athletes and trainers often choose folding gym mats as an extra layer of fall protection when working on takedowns. These mats are easy brought out and put away, so they can be
used in conjunction with another jiu-jitsu flooring for just in times that more safety and padding are needed.

To cover larger areas, choose a folding mat that offers a hook and loop tap system found on all four sides. These will hold mats tight together and prevent them from slipping apart. Do be aware that these kinds of mats have more separation in the folds and larger seams than other jiu-jitsu flooring.

No matter what your preference, all of these jiu-jitsu mats are easy to clean and disinfect. They'll allow you train longer and harder than on harder or thinner mats so you can maximize your potential as a martial artist.
For more on this topic please review our Martial Arts Mats product page.