Gym: Palmetto Martial Arts School
Location: Easley, SC
Sport: Martial Arts
Dollamur Customer Since: 2015
Mats Used: Swain Hybrid Mats by Dollamur
Gym Highlights/Accolades: Palmetto Martial Arts School founder and senior instructor is Master John Roberson, a Level II USAT Olympic TKD coach and a 6th Dan Black Belt. The school is a sport Tae Kwon Do School affiliated with the WTF and USAT. Master John Roberson places a high emphasis on "Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do", Self Defense, and Character Development.
"I had been fighting cheap puzzle mats for years. If you have ever had puzzle mats enclosed between two walls then you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. The floor ends up “Growing”. It was like stepping on dough, the more my students worked out on it the flatter and longer it became. It would start bowing up and bubbles would form. The only solution was to constantly cut a foot or two off the floor every few months. Over the years this got old. I knew that when it was time to get another floor it would not be one like that.
Several martial arts instructors that I know suggested that I get the Swain Hybrid Mats. I looked into it and I liked what I saw. They were considerably more than standard puzzle mats however, you get what you pay for and if you are a serious Martial Arts School then you understand that quality matters. When I received the floor I was really impressed! These are some quality mats. They were really thick with an incredible backing on the bottom so they won’t slide. Another thing that impressed me was that the floors were really soft but also firm. In Taekwondo training this is really important because we have to be able to pivot and cut angles without slipping and falling. The final test (And most important) was what my students thought about the new floor because most people hate change. So far every one of them have loved it! No complaints at all.
I will never buy any other kind of floor for my school.
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