I opened my gym, Gracie Barra Northridge, Team Romulo Barral, about two years ago. Over that time, our mats took a beating! We recently decided to completely remodel the gym, and one of the things we wanted to do is put in all brand new mats, Judo style! People may not realize (and we didn't even realize) how difficult it is to put Judo-style mats in a gym. We had to buy 88 sheets of plywood, then we had to glue 33 foam blocks on the bottom of each sheet, in a very specific pattern. Finally, after layering the sheets of plywood on top of each other, we put these sick new gray mats on top! Now the mats are raised about six inches off the floor. You don't really notice the extra cushion unless you get thrown or taken down pretty hard, but we hope that the new mats will help keep everyone training and reduce injuries. It was amazing to see all of my students and friends come and help make this remodel happen. Now it's time to kill these mats for the next two years!!
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