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Gym Mats for Your Martial Arts Gym

Premier Supplier For Gyms

Are you planning to open a new gym and don’t know where to source all you floor mats and wall mats? Well look no further the Southern Cross Mats. We are the premier supplier for martial arts  clubs and gym throughout Australia. We have all the mats you need for your next school or new training gym. We have a full range of anti-fatigue mats and safety mats to cover your floors and walls. These are necessary to ensure a safe environment for your students from injury. To check out range by visiting Click Here. Here we have our full range of gym mats on display.

The range of great gym mats that we supply includes:

Wall Mats – The wall padding has 30mm thick foam and 9mm timber backing.

MMA Mats – Our MMA mats have a smooth finish and are 2m x 1m x 40mm.

Tatami Mats – Our tatami mats have a traditional tatami finish and are made from heavy duty material and compressed foam.

Foam gym mats – We have a range of 20mm, 30mm and 40mm jigsaw mats. Our EVA gym mats come in a variety of colours for you to choose from.


When fitting out your next gym contact Southern Cross Mats and we will be glad to help. We will help you better then anyone else.

MMA Mats

New MMA Mats

MMA Mats – Mixed Martial Art Mats

Southern Cross Mats are glad to announce the we have introduced new MMA mats to our martial arts mats line up. MMA mats different from our standard  tatami mats which have been hugely popular with the grappling community. Our MMA mats come with a smooth vinyl surface. These are ideal for mixed martial arts as they eliminate mat burn. These mats are very popular in MMA training where there is a combination or stand up martial art and grappling.  Whilst they look similar our MMA mats are not Zebra Mats.


Zebra Mats versus MMA Mats

Our MMA mats are not to be confused with Zebra Mats. Zebra Mats are a trademark of Zebra Inc. Our mats are are a cost effective solution for MMA mats. Southern Cross Mats has been supplying tatami and EVA mats now for a number of years and we are confident that our MMA mats will be as well received as our all our training and gym mats.

Our MMA mats are available in black and grey. Other colours can be special ordered. The mats are 2m x 1m x 40mm is size. They are also available in size 1m x 1m x 40mm on special order. If you have a custom colour you would like you can also check with us to see if it is available as a stock colour or if it can be tailored to your requirement.

Our mats come with:

  • Smooth vinyl finish
  • Compress foam inner
  • Non-slip rubber back
  • Density of 230kg/cbm

Southern Cross Mats are a premier supplier of MMA mats and gym mats. We have outfitted a huge amount of gyms with both our EVA jigsaw mats and vinyl MMA and tatami mats. If your are looking for mats for your gym or martial arts centre then look no further the Southern Cross Mats. Call Southern Cross Mats for all your MMA mats requirements.

About Mixed Martial Art

All is all good a proper to know where to get MMA mats but what is MMA. MMA is an abbreviation for “mixed martial arts”. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that combines both striking and grappling, in both standing position and on the ground, using a variety of techniques from different martial arts. 

Some would argue that MMA first become popular with the UFC, or Bruce Lee or the Gracies. I say that MMA has been around since the dawn of time. Since man (and women) first roamed this earth men (and sometimes women) have chosen to use fighting to sort out their differences. To do so they kicked and punched and did all sorts of things to defeat their opponent. It was the passage of time which eventual split them up and began to categories aspects of fight. 

Which Mats Should an MMA Fighter Use?

It is an age old question. Which mats to use? Heaps of fighters still prefer tatami mats for their training. Sometimes it is just because this is what they are used to using. Maybe time spend training in judo or other traditions arts has gotten them accustomed to the tatami look and feel. MMA has a large amount of fighters that have origins in more traditional forms of martial arts.

Others like the added grip that the tatami finish give them. I have often been told that during a hard workout a person can get very sweaty. During a work out a person can be literally dripping with sweat. If you multiple that by ten or more people you can imaging how bad it can get in a training gym. For this reason having a bit of grip can be beneficial even desired.

Smooth Mats vs Tatami Finish

There is no doubt that MMA mats with a smooth finish are becoming more predominant. The issue of mat burn is the most cited reason. As MMA fighters tend to work both their stand up and mat game in equal measure a fighter will come on contact with the mat constantly. Often even quite violently. The constant impact can lead to grazing especially in a gi-less environment. If you visit most MMA training gym you will find  Zebra mats or MMA mats with a smooth finish. That is either Zebra Mats™  or a less expensive MMA mats that is manufactured in China such as those sold by Southern Cross Mats.

Image by Southern Cross Mats with Made in Germany Logo.

Zebra Mats

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