Judo Mats! A PSA

Before training an important task and partly warm-up that we have to do is put down the mats. It is where we do our drills, where we practice our techniques, and where let ourselves be thrown. It is important for our own safety that our mats are put down properly lest we risk injury(especially our toes). Here are some guidelines in putting the mats down:

  • Put them down from one side at at time.
  • Try your hardest to put them down on a straight line.
  • Make sure to leave no gaps which could trap toes during training.

If you see any faulty mats, please report them to our Equipment’s Officer: Matty

Here are other important mat etiquette ones they are down on the hall:

  • Do not step on them with your runners. We scrape our skin, and we roll on them during ground work. We don’t want the germs in the soles of your runners in our wounds.
  • Clean up the blood on the mats. Injuries and wounds are sometimes inevitable in our sport, it is important to clean the blood off the mat to avoid cross-infection.
  • Make sure to dust off your feet before stepping onto the mats. It is handy to have flipflops during training.

After every training, in case you missed putting the mats down, or feel very dedicated, or just nice: You can help in putting the mats away. Since mats are very dear, we have to take care of the number of mats that we have at the moment. Here are some guidelines in putting the mats away:

  • Put them on top of each other smooth to smooth and rough to rough.
  • Mind not to bang to corners of the mats on the metal sides of the trolley.
  • Try and stack them evenly. We don’t need a leaning tower of mats which could injure people going into the storage.

If you see any faulty mats, please report them to our Equipment’s Officer: Matty