New Shipment of Jigsaw Mats, EVA Mats, Tatami Jigsaw Mats

New Shipment of Jigsaw Mats in Sydney

We are happy to announce a new shipment of jigsaw mats arrived to our Sydney warehouse yesterday. It was a 40′ shipping container so we were able to fit quite a number of mats in the container. The EVA mats that came in include:

  • 20mm – T Pattern – Red/Black Jigsaw Mats
  • 20mm – T Pattern – Red/Blue Jigsaw Mats
  • 20mm – T Pattern – Black/Grey Jigsaw Mats
  • 30mm – T Pattern – Red/Black EVA Jigsaw Mats
  • 30mm – T Pattern – Red/Blue EVA Jigsaw Mats
  • 30mm – T Pattern – Black/Grey EVA Jigsaw Mats
  • 40mm  – T Pattern – Red/Black EVA Mats
  • 40mm – T Pattern – Red/Blue EVA Mats
  • 40mm – T Pattern – Black/Grey EVA Mats
  • 40mm – T Pattern – Yellow/Black EVA Mats (already sold out)
  • 40mm – Black/ Grey Tatami Jigsaw Mats
  • 40mm – Blue/Red Tatami Jigsaw Mats

Although it may seem like a lot of mats they will sell very fast. It is imperative that you place your order now whilst stock lasts. We don’t want you to be disappointed.

We also have a container which has left the factory on its way to our Melbourne warehouse. That container is not scheduled to arrive for another 3 weeks.

Southern Cross Mats is the premier supplier of jigsaw mats, MMA mats, tatami mats, folding mats, gymnastics mats, wall mats, and gym mats in the Australian market. Our warehouses are located in Sydney and Melbourne for your convenience.

Brit Anthony Ruiz loses to Mexican Andy Ruiz

Anthony Joshua in Shock Loss to Andy Ruiz

In what is surely one of the greatest shocks in modern boxing Anthony Joshua has lost his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles to Andy Ruiz. The bout was merely seen as a major step for Anthony into the US boxing market and a way to lift his profile there. It had been anticipated that this fight would be a walk over for Joshua before a unification bout with American Deontay Wilder. Unfortunately for both of them that was not to be after Joshua suffered a technical knock-out in the seventh round. 

What comes after this shock loss for Anthony Joshua remains to be seen. It is likely that he will jump straight back on his training mats  whilst plotting his revenge against Ruiz. It is unlikely that Joshua will want to wait very long before a rematch which could either make or break his thus far illustrious boxing career. With a gym full of jigsaw mats and great trainers he has a very good chance of regaining the three titles he lost.

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Price of Jigsaw Puzzle Mats Casualty of Trumps Trade War

The current trade war between the two world economic super powers looks like it way have an effect on the price of jigsaw puzzle mats. The conflict between China and Donald Trump has rattled world markets which in turn has cause the AUD to drop against the USD. This has already cause the price of tatami mats and MMA mats to be revised upwards. It would appear that the price of jigsaw puzzle mats will be the next casualty. The price of jigsaw puzzle mats has already weathered some steep declines in the AUD. It is not sure how much more it will take before importers are forced to increase pricing.

Jigsaw puzzle mats are by far the most popular mat used from training. They are used in a large cross-section of industries so the effect will be felt by a broad section of the economy. Our training mats are a sought after product by professional and individuals alike. On a side note yes I know what I have used the Taiwanese flag as the feature image. That is because firstly I like the look of the flag. Secondly Taiwan is caught in the middle between China and America so I thought it would be a fitting symbol of the divide facing the two countries economically, militarily, politically, ideologically and spiritually.

MMA Mats and Tatami Mats prices rise

MMA Mats and Tatami Mats Price Rise as AUD Falls

The trade war between China and America is finally taking its effect on the price of good. The rising prices are not just in America but also in Australia. The strong link between China’s economy and Australia’s has had a profound effect on the Australian dollar with its first casualties being tatami mats and MMA mats. The price of both mats has risen over the past couple of days and is certain to stay there for some time in the future.

China announced that it would raise tariffs on a range of US products in retaliation for an announced rise in US tariffs last week. This tariff will increase from 10% to 25% on $80Billion dollars worth of goods. In return Trump has declared that he will be raising tariff on a further $350Billion worth of Chinese goods which will mean almost all the goods imported into USA from China will be subject to tariffs. The effect of the new tariffs was to spook the markets which has been the cause of the decline in the Australian Dollar.

The Australian dollar has been lower. 0.7000 for the past weeks and it declined further overnight. After reaching levels around 0.6915 the immediate reaction was for increased pricing for MMA Mats and tatami mats. The reason for this is because margins on MMA mats and tatami mats is much lower than jigsaw mats. Jigsaw mats are much cheaper than MMA Mats and jigsaw mats and are much cheaper to ship from China. As such they are more resilient when the local currency drops. That’s not to say that there won’t be price rises for jigsaw mats in the future as well.

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Australian Dollar Drops Below $0.70 Will Effect Jigsaw Mats

The Australian Dollar closed below 0.7000 for the AUDUSD rate which was the third in four days. Although there was no Australian data to cause the drop in the dollar, a report from JP Morgan provided solid evidence that sectors such as construction and manufacturing are shedding jobs. Although the renewed negativity coming from US President Donald Trump regarding the trade war with China pushed investors toward the safe haven USD.

This new low for the AUD will put pressure on imported goods. Particularly jigsaw mats and MMA mats which are highly sensitive to fluctuations in the currency markets. There has already been pressure on the price of jigsaw mats and MMA mats for some time. The AUD has been trending below its average value for a while now and recent further drops could final bring the price of training mats to move up. The only thing that might bring relief for the AUD is if the US Federal Reserve where to drop interest rate below the Reserve Bank of Australia. Although this is looking highly unlikely.

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Conor McGregor Retires From MMA

The former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts via Twitter. The UFC star Conor McGregor is also under investigation for an alleged sexual assault in his native Ireland. Whilst he has not been charged the incident is under police investigation. It has been reported that McGregor, 30, was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in December in Dublin, and was arrested and released after questioning the next month.

This comes after another incident earlier in which Conor allegedly smash someones phone. That incident was also a source of controversy all things considered. It is looking highly unlikely that the MMA fighter will make it back on the MMA mat any time soon.

UFC Star Conor MvGregor arrested

MMA Fighter Conor McGregor Arrested

UFC star and MMA fighter Conor McGregor was arrested after allegedly knocking a mobile phone our of a fans hands and then stomping on it. It would seem a very out of character thing to do for the usually calm and collection fighter. Conor is not usually known for breaking the law or doing outrageous things like this. He is more known for the time he spends on the MMA mat training for upcoming fights and just keeping himself fit in general.

The allegations to this event are that the fan and McGregor were leaving a Miami Beach hotel when the fan tried to take a picture with the MMA fighter with a cell phone, according to a police report. McGregor then slapped the phone out of the fan’s hand and stomped on the phone several times. For this McGregor was arrested on charges of felony strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief. It is unknown how this will play out as it is presumably in the hands of McGregor’s lawyers and the courts.

It is unclear who McGregor will fight next. His last fight was against Khabib Nurmagomedov where he lost via submission. He is probably busy training on his MMA mats in his gym keeping fit for the next fight opportunity. While he has been pushing for a rematch with Mayweather, that is unlikely to happen after his previous defeat to the boxing legend. Whoever he choses to fight it should probably not be another fan with a mobile phone. He is better off keeping the action on the jigsaw mats.

RBA cause AUD to drop

AUD Drops After RBA Comments

The price of martial arts mats is at risk of rising after comments by the RBA cause the value of the Australian Dollar to drop. The AUD dropped after the RBA indicated that the next interest rate movement could just as easily be down as up. This is after marketing expectations had largely been in favour of the increase of interest rates in the next year.

The AUD is being weighed down by lacklustre growth figure and inflation figures. Both of which have been impacted by weakness in the housing market and consumer demand. This coupled with the dark cloud brewing over the world economy are further causing strain on the AUD.

It is expected that the weakness in the AUD with put pressure on the price of imported goods. This will impact on the price of jigsaw mats and well as other training mats. Jigsaw mats and MMA mats are generally an imported item which is sensitive against a devaluing AUD. It is expected that the price of jigsaw mats and MMA mats will increase in the immediate future if the lower AUD persists.

Black and Grey Tatami Jigsaw Mats

Tatami Jigsaw Mats at Southern Cross Mats

Southern Cross Mats have decided to add tatami jigsaw mats to their extensive range of martial arts mats.  The new mats are jigsaw mats  with tatami finish. Currently the jigsaw mats come with a T-stripe which will continue to be part of the range. The new jigsaw mat is for people looking for a more traditional tatami surface such as those found on tatami mats. Tatami mats are easily recognised by their tatami finish which is the same as grass tatami mats that can be found in tradition Japanese houses and buildings.

SC Mats jigsaw mats are a very popular mat for training in martial arts. The addition of this new textured surface make our tatami jigsaw mats are a great low cost alternative to regular tatami mats. Tatami mats are popular with martial arts like judo, jiu-jitsu, aikido etc. The new surface is suitable for people who want to create a more traditional training environment for their students.

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Trump Say US may make trade deal with China

To the surprise to many it appears that US President Donald Trump has held out hope of a trade deal with China. He is not backing down on tit-for-tat tariffs as the trade war escalates but feels it could eventually happen.

 A day after imposing new tariffs on nearly $US200 billion Chinese imports and threatening more if China retaliates, President Donald Trump has left the door open for China to negotiate an end to the trade war between Washington and Beijing. During a speech to reporters on Tuesday while visiting with the Polish President, Trump implied the US may make a deal with China.  Trump said that he is always open to talking, “We’re having a tremendous impact on China. We’re doing a very good job with China,” he said before threatening to add tariffs to $US267 billion of Chinese goods if Beijing dares to retaliate.

Amongst the goods that Donald Trump is placing new tariffs on include, but are not limited to, foam mats, puzzle mats and jigsaw mats. It seems that a disproportionate attention is being aimed at gym mats, which is strange considering that Americans like to train. Also they are not a major manufacturer of training mats.

China has indicated that they would go ahead with more tariffs of their own but their options are limited considering that the US import far more goods from China then vice versa. It would be ironic if China decided to impose their own tariff on gym mats from the USA. It is unlikely that China imports any gym mats from USA other then some specialist mats that are not currently manufactured in China.

Foam Mats and Gym mats

Canelo Alvarez Stops Golovkin on the Mat

In their much anticipated boxing match Canelo Alvarez went on to beat Golovkin via decision. In what was a very competitive fight the two of the three judges gave it to Canelo 115-113. It gave Alvarez the title via majority decision with the third judge scored it a 114-114 draw.

The fight was widely seen as a great fight with both fighters giving it their all. There is already talk of another Alvarez vs Canelo fight in the future to continue the rivalry. Both fighter would be wise to get back on their gym mats and training their hearts out until the next competition. Any fighter worth their weight in gold would spend most of their time training in their gym on their gym mats.

In the other fight Canada’s David Lemieux was victorious in the first round of his fight with Irish fighter Gary O’Sullivan.  After hitting O’Sullivan with a savage left hook the Irish fighter on the foam mat.

Lemieux was not happy after O’Sullivan team’s talked trash in the lead up to the fight. He gave them an emphatic response with his victory.

In reponse to the trash talking Lemieux said “Don’t p*** me off guys,”. “I guess the message must be clear, I don’t like the trash talking at all that was done to me from O’Sullivan’s side so I kept it in me and I put to the right timing.

“I’m a respectable fighter, I come in the ring, I don’t disrespect my opponents, I train hard, I don’t trash talk and I respect that kind of behaviour.

“I felt great, I’m in superb shape. I gave you all a great knockout and a great event so I hope you’re all happy.”

Lemieux had previously fought Gennady Golovkin in 2015, said he’d like another shot at the champion. He would also like a shot at Alvarez he confirmed. Boxing ring generally use canvas but interlocking mats are also used in some gym setups.

“I’m not rooting for anybody, I want to fight both of them,” he said in the post-bout interview.

“I think it’s a 50-50 chance fight. Canelo is an excellent boxer, so is Golovkin. It’s going to be an interesting fight”.

As it is Canelo went on to beat Golovkin via decision. In what was a very competitive fight the two of the three judges gave it to Canelo 115-113. It gave Alvarez the title via majority decision with the third judge scored it a 114-114 draw.

The fight was widely seen as a great fight with both fighters giving it their all. There is already talk of another Alvarez vs Canelo fight in the future to continue the rivalry. Both fighter would be wise to get back on their gym mats and training their hearts out until the next competition. Any fighter worth their weight in gold would spend most of their time training in their gym on their gym mats.

Croatia World Cup 2018

Croatia Silver Medallists in World Cup 2018

Croatia were the runners up in a nail biting contest against France. After an almost perfect run in the 2018 World Cup in Russia and  what was one of the best finals in living history the French side were victorious. They were able prevail in somewhat controversial circumstances which saw the Croatian side lose the only one game in this years world cup,  albeit in the final game.

The Croatians dominated the game from the start. Croatia had over sixty percent of possession of the ball in the game and showed real classes. However a dubious penalty close to the box saw the first penalty against Croatia. What was clearly a dive by the French player was then converted into a goal when the ball touched the head of the Croatian player and then went into the goal for an own goal against Croatia.

Croatia then retaliated by scoring a brilliant goal which saw the game equalised to 1-1. The goal was truly great and served to lift the Croatian side.

Another corner to France saw another dubious penalty awarded to France in front of the box when the ball touched the arm of the Croatian player and a hand ball was awarded. What would normally would have been dismissed was counted as a hand ball after it went to the new VAR technology which saw the referee award the penalty to the French side which they converted.

With the Croatian side stunned the French quickly converted two quick goals which saw the valiant Croatian side on there back foot and 4-1 down in the competition. A brilliant goal from Mandžulic saw the game go to 4-2 and the momentum quickly turned back to Croatia. Just as the side started to reassert itself a couple of streakers ran onto the field from the Russian protest group “Pussy Riot” which again sapped momentum from the Croatian from which they never recover with the game going to the French 4-2 in the end.

Souther Cross Mats is please to know that both sides apparently use gym mats and jigsaw mats as part of there training. They are used in indoor training sessions to minimise injury. Although these are unconfirmed by an independent source it only makes sense that a professional sporting side would want to reduce the chance of injury to their players.

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The Southern Cross Tatami mats have been a top choice among our more popular products we have. The high-quality training high above the quality standard make sure that any dojo or training facility with different programmes will have no problems using them. The Southern Cross Tatami mats is not just for regular uses in dojos, but it is perfect as flooring for your home! We guarantee that with this choice, all of your standard flooring needs will be to your satisfactory.

Of course, the Tatami mats are praised for their durability and stability-ensuring texture, but one of the more interesting reasons is that the Tatami has enjoyed a cultural status and importance. The ancient Japanese Dojo keepers and masters throughout the ages have hailed the Tatami flooring as a sacred symbol. It is well-known that the Tatami mat has had a cult status throughout the ages.

We will have a look-see into the detailed history of the Tatami mat and examine how the Tatami has gotten its sacred status and importance in Japan’s culture. It has a fascinating and lush history, from the days when the idea for the ancient Japanese flooring was thought of, through the days when the technique for manufacture was improving to this day.

With a long-held tradition and a flawless quality to boot, the Tatami is one of our most demanded flooring products and it is a high-quality material which guarantees absolute satisfaction. Whether its house flooring you want, or you require it for your dojo, the Southern Cross Tatami mat is all you need.

Certainly, the Tatami mat has had its fair share of history, and has been hailed as an essential component in every Japanese home and the greater part of the Japanese architecture, furniture, and ancient Japanese art. Today, in this modern day and era, there’s not much difference either. The Tatami is valued greatly among the masters of ceremony in Japan today.

The whole manufacturing procedure in making of the Tatami mat used eight thousand pieces of rush, a specific type of grass. The sturdy woven grass texture was supposed to be rolled around rice straws, which were used as a core. The grass is called “Igusa”. This rather intricate weaving technique has been evolving since day one, and the Japanese Tatami masters have been thinking up ways to hasten the process and make the material even tighter and more stable. Nothing beats nice and tight, and highly durable like a good trial-and-error hand manufacturing.

The Japanese industrial cities like Fukuoka and Hiroshima are known for their surrounding areas of rich Igusa grass. These cities are well-known in Japan as the leading industrial zones for rush production used for Tatami mats. Vast industrialization and today’s modern technological advances just keep hastening their production and manufacture rates.

Historically speaking, Tatami mats have been used since the mystical 8thcentury, the Nara Period of Japan. The etymology goes with the word “Tatami”. The word Tatami is old so much that the the oldest record of the word’s use is written in one of the oldest history books of Japan, the Kojiki books. With the coming of the Heian period around the 9thcentury, until the 1200s the Tatami mats were getting rather popular, and in the Muromachi period, the Japanese masters were making Tatami mats even thicker and more comfy. Soon enough, Japanese noblemen started using the flooring as an absolute necessity.

It escalated very quickly around the late Muromachi period of the 16thcentury. You could see Tatami mats in every home, not just in the homes of the noblemen. Every floor was covered in Tatami, along with intricate patterns of cut up Tatami mats. Superstition and mysticism started sprouting up along with any cultural anomalies. It was an ill omen if you used odd arrangement patterns for your Tatami, as there was only one or two “proper” ways of setting up your Tatami mat.

The people believed that bad luck will follow the family if they placed their Tatami mats wrong, instead of a very strict and traditional order, as told by the grandmasters and noblemen. The Tatami mats weren’t all equally measured, one of the Tatami mats were half measure, and using very strict arrangement patterns, the Japanese would place the Tatami mats accordingly. “Zashiki” was the name of the Tatami rooms, in which they were used as guest rooms or living rooms. “Zashiki” meant “spread rooms for sitting”.

Around the Muramachi era of majestic Japanese lifestyle and culture, a very distinctive style of art known as Shoin-Zukuri style started to emerge on the popular furniture and architecture fad of Japan. It is regarded as a groundbreaker and a staple in traditional Japanese art, as well as fashion. Paper screens became highly popular with intricate artwork and expensive wooden frames, along with square wooden pillars, and finely arranged Tatami mats.

We should mention the great martial arts masters of Japan, who saw the Tatami texture as something sacred and protected its dignity with rules, regulations, and traditions. They showed absolute respect, and an almost fleeting notion of worship. They follow a very strict code and etiquette towards the usage of the Tatami mat.

The zen masters of Japan never treat the tending and cleaning of the Tatami as a simple chore, yet as a noble act, as a ritual, and a sacred duty. They keep their Tatami mats nice and tidy, and they frown upon bad mannerisms. 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.

The Southern Cross Tatami mats are a true staple of Japanese flooring. They are available in 40mm thickness and a density of 230kg/cbm. They measure 1m x 2m on the surface and they have a Tatami texture and finish with an inner compressed sponge and an anti-skid bottom. It should be noted that the Southern Cross Tatami mat does not use genuine Tatami straws but they are made of heavy duty vinyl. The compressed sponge is for comfort and the rubber bottom makes sure that the Tatami mat stays in place.

They can be separately ordered as 1m x 1m also. Our Tatami mats are a perfect choice if you need proper dojo flooring material. They effortlessly withstand high-impact activities and sports. They have the durability of ages, all thanks to the meticulously structured material.

Here at Southern Cross Mats, as one of the top suppliers in vinyl mats and MMA flooring, we work hard to supply your dojos and exercise centres with high-quality wall mats, yoga mats, gymnastics mats, MMA mats, and of course, Tatami mats. We have warehouses and shops in Sydney and Melbourne. Our valued customers can always choose the mats which they need the most. Please consult our sellers or you can contact us to see which mat suits your needs best.

Our Southern Cross Tatami mats are undoubtedly a perfect marriage between the traditional and the modern. The technological advances of today sped up the process and smoothened out the quality of the mats to high ends, it’s fine to the touch and absolutely safe. It goes without mention that our Tatami mats have a very pleasant smell while the smooth surface ensures no skin burns.

Basically, the Southern Cross Tatami mats are the essential flooring material for your dojo or martial art centre. 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. Just the same, it goes for any martial arts center or dojo, as the comfort the Southern Cross Tatami mat provides is unmatched.

Despite the decline of Tatami mats around the 20thcentury, the noble Tatami flooring is still a distinctive part of the Japanese identity. It’s well-cemented in popular culture. We value and deeply respect the sacred status of the Tatami mat. It is an object of great importance in Japan’s history. This durable material and high-quality flooring will never fail to impress even the most stern dojo masters. If you are in need for some very durable and quality flooring material for your abode or dojo, look no further!

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Karate Tournaments Still Prefer EVA Foam Mats

Karate is still an immensely popular sport practiced by people all over the world. There are hundreds of styles in existence both traditional and modern. Karate is practiced by people of all ages and style. Some just practice for health and fitness. Other practice it as a competitive sport. When they practice it as a competitive sport then many chose to attend tournaments where they can test their skills against others. When they do they more then likely fight on EVA mats or foam mats.

Tournaments have long been a popular way for practitioners to test their skills in a safe environment. Karate tournaments can be found on a weekly basis in many cities and suburbs. Whilst karate is not an olympic sport such as tae kwon do, it is not short on people willing to fight one another in an organised competition. Gone are the days when people would simply challenge one another (sometimes to the death). Nowadays people are more inclined to want to compete with other people in a safe setting. Most tournaments have strict rules, and doctor and more importantly karate mats.

Safety mats such as karate mats, EVA mats, jigsaw mats and foam mats are an integral part of providing a safe place for people to either compete or train. In fact not only will you find these mats at karate tournament, you are just as likely to find them at the karate dojo. No school or competition is complete without some kind of karate mats on the floor to provide practitioners protection.

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Donald Trump And The Effect on Fitness Equipment

The below article is part of a press release that Southern Cross Mats put out regarding the effects the recent trade friction between the USA and its trading partners might have on world trade. Of particular interest is the effect to will have on fitness equipment. As Southern Cross Mats is a major supplier of jigsaw mats and gym mats in the Australian market they are closely monitoring what effects it might have. It is also important to keep the market in touch with things that may effect it.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s trade tariff announcements have caused significant concern for numerous countries around the world. That response may be expected, but there is a potential consequence no one could have predicted: Australian fitness fans could find themselves unlikely victims of Trump’s quest for a trade war.

The Down Low on Trumps Tariffs

President Trump seems determined to enter a trade war with China — he describes trade wars as “easy to win” — in an effort to increase manufacturing output and create jobs in the USA. Trump has stated he plans to place tariffs of a wide range of goods imported from China into the US. This news has been met with global dismay, with many experts seeking to point out that trade wars are rarely “easy”, and are more frequently a zero sum game.

At the present time, Australia has not earned the US President’s ire directly, but the consequences of Trump’s actions could have an impact on the trading relationship and supply chain prices between Australia and China. As a result of the US tariffs, China may be forced to raise prices on a number of products for all countries, with items that may be impacted including gym mats— and that’s where the problems begin for Australian fitness fans.

The Impact of Tariffs for Fitness fanatics

On a one-off basis, the average Australian customer is unlikely to notice an increase in these prices that have risen as a result of President Donald Trump. Individually, customers who are buying products from the likes of Southern Cross Mats are unlikely to notice too much of a price difference, so it may be tempting for individuals to dismiss any knock-on impact from the tariffs. 

For customers who spend a lot of time at the gym, there may soon be a rise in gym subscription costs as a result of the US tariffs on Chinese goods. The reason for this is simple: gyms need to keep their facilities full of equipment, which is usually achieved by buying high-quality, low-cost EVA mats from China. If the manufacturers in China raise their prices to deal with the impact of the Trump tariffs, then it’s likely that gyms will need to raise their subscription prices to cover the cost. 

The cost to fitness gyms and users

Fitness experts have warned that the tariffs are bad news for anybody intending to step inside a gym in the foreseeable future, as the POTUS seems determined to extend the — already more than 1000 lines long — list of items that the US will be collecting tariffs on. Even if China cuts its trade with the US to lessen the impact, there isn’t a country in the West that will escape some blowback.

With these tariffs certain to have an effect on the price of gym equipment such as jigsaw puzzle mats and similar essentials that are imported from China, fitness fanatics here in Oz could soon be counting the cost of Trump’s decisions. 

For these reasons it is sure that the effect of such actions are of great concern to consumers of all types of goods the world over. What’s more countries and financial markets will be on edge as they wait to see what the outcome of any negotiation might be between the USA and trading partners such as the EU and China. Stay turn for more new in coming weeks and months.

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Kid’s Friendly Flooring From Direct Mats

Foam mats are the simplest and easiest way to make a floor a secured and nice-looking.  One of the most popular flooring materials, jigsaw foam mats. They are considered to be the most kid’s friendly floor material nowadays. With greater safety appeal and a flexibility this type of flooring materials is gaining popularity both in home and professional environments.

Unfortunately, not every flooring specialist deals with jigsaw foam mats. If you are living in Australia, then you need to go for a jigsaw mats specialist shop to find out your desirable jigsaw mat. And if you are considering of buying foam jigsaw mat or interlocking mats for home, then Southern Cross Mats is the best and most renowned store in Melbourne. We also have a warehouse and store in Sydney so we can service customer Australia Wide.

Since the start, Southern Cross Mats has stocked several types of gym mats and  foam mats in Australian. Whether you want to buy directly from one of the stores or simply purchase online while sitting in the comfort of your home, Southern Cross Mats has you covered. You can book your  jigsaw mats over the phone and directly pick it from the store or can place your order and we can arrange delivery to your doorstep.


Why Southern Cross Mats?

  • Being a customer-centric company, it always aims at offering the products and services that will address the exact needs of clients and give them a highly professional experience while working with the staffs of the firm. Besides of selling jigsaw mats and foam mats, it also assists clients to get a perfectly installation service. By providing the expert guide for installing jigsaw foam mats. The mats are easy to install so with a bit of guidance you shouldn’t have any trouble.


  • Jigsaw foam tiles are the best option for safe and soft flooring and has become the most favourite choice for schools, children psychotherapeutic clinics, homes, playrooms, and more. Owing to this cause, Southern Cross Mats has covered up a vast range of products and options for catering the needs of every client easily. Jigsaw floor mats from Southern Cross Mats are available in ranges of thicknesses, and colours sizes. Whether it is your kids’ room, your workshop, your playroom or any other place, you can get mats for suiting all sized and designer rooms, decorations and interiors.


  • Southern Cross Mats carries foam floor mats in several bright colours, gentle shades and wood pattern designs that can complement any home decor. Most of the interlocking mats, foam jigsaw mats, and martial arts mats are flexible for a variety of uses.


  • Mats are designed to be on floor and so Southern Cross Mats always focuses on giving clients the best quality products. Though they are made of EVA foam, they are also durable enough to withstand regular contact with shoes and feet. This is the reason we use only quality materials so that a client can enjoy long-lasting benefits from the mat.


Beside of sizes and colours, Southern Cross Mats also gives a cost-effective price approach for our customer. All products offered by Southern Cross Mats are cost-effective and comes to suit any budget. We alway strive to be the most competitive supplier in the market. So if you need kid friendly flooring at a budget look no further.

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Daniel Cornier Fights Stipe Miocic at UFC 226

As you may have already heard Stipe Miocic is set to defend his UFC heavy weight title against Daniel Cornier at UFC 226 on July 7th. The fight will take place somewhere in the USA and is set to be a excellent fight between to opponents. The fact that they are two seasoned fighters and experienced wrestlers makes the fight even more exciting.

Daniel Cormier wrestled at Oklahoma State University prior to making the U.S. Olympic team in 2004 and then again in 2008. His interest in wrestling is so great that he has accepted a head-coaching role with the wrestling program at Gilroy High School, which is located south of San Jose, California, USA. Stipe Miocic was himself a seasoned wrestler who  wrestled while at Eastlake North High School. So the fact that both have spend considerable time on wrestling mats will make for a very interesting match indeed.

It is interesting to note that Miocic was a Gold Gloves boxing champion while in college before making his mark in MMA. Cornier current training at the American Kickboxing Academy which means that they are both very competent stand up fighters as well. It is no doubt that they have spend considerable time on their gym mats training for this fight. Hopefully it will be a great fight and bring lots of enjoyment. It is sure to be watched by a large audience and we all look forward to it.

40MM Tatami Mats - Grey

Understanding What Tatami Mats Are

Traditional Tatami mats are made of cloth and rush and are of Japanese origin. These woven mats are used in homes as well as commercial settings in that country. We at Southern Cross Mats have taken inspiration from these traditional mats and offer our customers an excellent range of Tatami Mats that can be used in commercial and home gyms, playrooms, fitness centres, martial arts centres etc.

Features of Tatami mats

  • The difference is that our Tatami mats are made of vinyl but look like their traditional counterparts.
  • These products have an anti-skid underside.
  • Their inner layer is made of sponge that has been compressed to provide cushioning and comfort.
  • There are tatami mats of different densities.
  • We can customise the sizes for you.
  • They are an ideal flooring solution for areas where gym activities or contact sports such as martial arts are being performed.
  • They are also used in physical training, aerobic and competition sport zones.
  • The mats are typically available in grey and black shades but other colours can be made available too.
  • You can order Tatami mats in the thickness you need.
  • It is very easy to pivot while performing kicks in judo and karate sessions.
  • Tatami mats have a good absorption rate and are great for big judo throws.
  • They are a “forgiving” floor and are very suitable for martial arts centres where kids will be training. Parents feel more comfortable knowing that the flooring provides a certain amount of cushioning.
  • They are easy to maintain and extremely durable.
  • Cost effective solution for all types of gym and physical training areas or any other high activity area.

While these mats are very resilient, you need to acquire them from credible suppliers. For top quality Tatami Mats the only company you need to come to is Southern Cross Mats. For more information, feel free to call us at 1300 168 828. You can also use this Contact Us form to get in touch with us.

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