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The Advantages of EVA Jigsaw Mats for Martial Arts

Whether you need martial arts mats for a small grappling area or large dojo facility, there a important differences to consider when choosing between EVA jigsaw mats and condensed foam vinyl mats.


Vinyl covered condensed foam mats are traditionally used for Judo and floor-based MMA styles and are commonly only found in a 40mm thickness. EVA foam jigsaw mats are available in varying depths from 20mm, up to 40mm.

The 20mm Jigsaw Mats being more suited to upright forms of MMA, such as Karate, Taekwondo and Kickboxing. The 40mm Jigsaw Mats are designed for grappling and floor-based MMA styles such as Judo, Ju Jitsu and traditional wrestling. MMA styles which utilise throws and take-downs advised to use 40mm mats.


Condensed foam vinyl mats are heave and are usually held together using concealed Velcro strips. Whereas they are extremely good cushioning falls and throws, they do not provide very good support when upright, causing the legs to work harder to maintain control. EVA foam jigsaw mats manufactured using non-porous, closed-cell EVA foam. This structure adds stability to the mats, making them more rigid than vinyl mats and much more supportive under foot.


Due to their condensed foam nature, vinyl mats are material intensive, which makes them heavy and difficult to manoeuvre, especially in large sizes. The EVA foam used in our jigsaw mats consists of tiny bubbles, which trap air in the mats, making them extremely light for their size and easier to lift and store.

Martial arts jigsaw mats by MMA Mats are available to buy online at mmamats.co.uk or by calling 01206 390 570.

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