De Souza Dojo – Bournemouth: May 2nd Opening Weekend

Our latest special – white BJJ / MMA Judo Mats and BJJ / MMA Wall Mats / Pads.
Manufactured and supplied by us, fitted by Alex De Souza himself, it’s looking very good.
We offer advice on how to fit as it is not too hard, and a lot more cost effective.
If you are looking to do BJJ in Bournemouth, this is the place to go.
Run by Katie & Alex De Souza, and taught by Professor Alex De Souza who is one of the pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the UK.  He is single handedly responsible for the development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Bournemouth and in the South of England.

Opening Weekend May 2nd

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De Souza Dojo 2


Also Yoga and Judo classes will be held here. 01202 565564
De Souza Dojo
17a Christchurch Road



New Website

New look website is here, loads of additional equipment that has been available offline for years will soon be on the website. See pictures below for a snapshot.

For many years we have offered the largest range of Judo Mats in the world, which includes genuine IJF Approved as well as IJF Type, complemented by Jigsaw Mats, Crash Mats, Wall & Post Padding etc.

Based on what our customers require and our own personal expertise, we are expanding our range to include martial arts, MMA, boxing, strength, fitness, cardio, gymnastics & sports equipment from brands such as Adidas, Exigo, Jordan, BH Fitness, Spirit and more, as well as rubber flooring.

Martial Arts, Gymnastics, Strength, Fitness, MMA, Boxing & Sports Equipment


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Suppliers and Installers of: Martial Arts Mats, Judo Mats, Jigsaw Mats, Crash Mats, Gym Mats, Wall & Post Padding, MMA, Fitness, Cardio, Weights, Boxing, Gymnastics, Trampolining and Sports Hall Equipment

Specials / Fit Outs of: Dojos, Control & Restraint / Physical Intervention Training Rooms, TV & Film Sets & Studios, Gyms, Weights and Fitness Areas, Sports Halls, Gymnastic Centres and many more

Supplying to: Martial Arts, Gymnastics, Sports & Leisure Clubs and Centres, Fitness Studios, Gyms, Stunt Performers, TV & Film Industry, Architects, Contractors, Local Authorities, Schools, Colleges, Universities, Police, Fire & Prison Services, Armed Forces, NHS, Health Care, Community & Activity Centres, YMCA & other charities, and many more



We now have a new section with links to our catalogues, which vastly increases the range of products we offer. It is still only a fraction of the equipment we supply.

We will be expanding this section with catalogues / brochures for plenty of other equipment including our free weights, dumbbell racks, martial arts, boxing, gymnastics and sports equipment soon.




UFC Fight Night 30 – Manchester

Rosi Sexton is facing Jessica Andrade in her hometown on the Machida vs. Munoz fight card today, October 26th 2013 at the Phones 4u Arena.

Rosi  trained at Manchester University Jitsu Club and then went on to teach it after I had already left and gone on to teach Macclesfield Jitsu Club, where I’ve been for the last 14 years. I remember meeting her at regional events and gradings for our students, and watched her rise through the ranks and compete at our national competitions working her way to the top and being national champion.

As well as us both having trained at the same club, we also had the same instructor John Allen, who also taught me at Leeds University in the late eighties and early nineties as well as the late nineties helping me train up for my black belt.

As well as being the UK’s first female UFC fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA), she is also a sports therapist, osteopath, mathematician and writer for Fighters Only magazine, as well as having a PhD in theoretical computer science from Manchester University, a maths degree from Cambridge University, and on top of all that, she is a Mum too!

To find out more about Rosi, visit:


Good Luck Rosi!!!!!

John Meltzer – Managing Director of Martial Art Mats


Collecting For Cancer While Breaking a Martial Arts World Record

James Pullan collecting for cancer in memory of his nan whilst attempting to break a world record by him and his team by training for 35 hours.
Please donate to this worthy cause at

See video in news story link below (we manufactured and installed top of the range Combat Judo Mats, Combat Wall Padding and Combat Post Padding in July last year). This dojo is on a par with luxury martial arts centres we install at in London.

If you can commute to Leighton Buzzard and are interested in MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, it’s the place to go. Open 6 days a week.

You can contact James Pullan on facebook

News story:




Application for 7th Dan and Above in BJA Judo

This is an interesting article on how dedicated the most senior Judoka in Britain with the British Judo Association (BJA) are.

It really is a lifetime of dedication, made up of talent, skill determination and much more.

The black belt changes to red and white at 6th dan to show the Japanese origins of Judo.

from the pdf on their website




British Judo Association • Suite B • Technology Centre • Epinal Way • Loughborough • LE11 3GE

Tel: 01509 631670 • Fax: 01509 631680 • Web:

The following notes have been compiled in order to assist BJA judokas of 6th Dan and above in their application for 7th Dan and above and should be read in conjunction with the notes on the application form pages 1-6. These promotions are awarded by the EJU or IJF in accordance with the information detailed on the IJF application form and on the recommendation of the BJA Chairman.

1. Applicant should first read pages 1-6 of the application form.

2. Applicant should then complete pages 7 and 8 and digitally sign the application.

3. The category claimed (A, B C or D) must be in line with activity carried out since last promotion and is detailed on page 4.

4. All information that you supply is useful, but the BJA recommendation will largely be based on activity since last promotion. Therefore, it is important that the information on recent activity is on the application form with dates of that activity.

5. Applicant must ensure they are of the correct age in accordance with detail on page 5.

6. Any further information that you may feel is relevant can be supplied on a separate document or CV.

7. Kata requirements as stated on page 5 must be detailed on page 7. Proof must be supplied and this can be by certificates of course attendance or examination.

The completed application form should be saved in the same format (not converted to PDF) as there will additional information added by BJA. Application form should then be sent by e mail to National Promotions and Grading Manager – Dave Horton-Jones at

Receipt of application will be confirmed and after verification of the information supplied and that the criteria has been met, the application form will be passed to BJA High Grade review panel for recommendation to BJA Chairman. On BJA Chairman’s approval, the application form will be sent to EJU for validation. Applications for 8th Dan and above will then be forwarded by EJU to IJF.

Should the high grade review panel reject an application, the National Promotions and Gradings Manager will inform the applicant and provide feedback on reasons for rejection.

Dave Horton-Jones

National Promotions and Gradings manager


Prestigious Clients

Prestigious Clients

Urban Kings Luxury Martial Arts Centre in Kings Cross London – Installation of Combat Judo Mats and Wall Padding































MCFC – Manchester City Football Club   6 Crash Mats in 2010 and fitness area at Carrington Training Centre Oct 2012























ITV Game Show – The Whole 19 Yards, hosted by Vernon Kay & Caroline Flack

Pictures 1 to 3 of mats on the set at Pinewood Studios, 4 -9 manufacturing in the factory

Sherlock Holmes 2 Movie Set at Elm Street Studios, Hertfordshire  – Stunt Man Franklin Henson of Stunt Kit Hire Ltd.













Robin Hood Movie Set – Our Crash Mats used by stunt performer David Newton









The Jitsu Foundation is the governing body for the largest single style of Jiu Jitsu in the UK, and has clubs worldwide

Martial Art Mats Sponsors The Jitsu Foundations National Competitions

Nov 2010 Atemi Nationals at Ponds Forge International Centre, Sheffield – 900 of our Jigsaw Mats


Feb 2011 Judo Nationals at Walsall International Judo Centre, Walsall – 1200 of our Jigsaw Mats



New Website

Welcome to the new website for Martial Art Mats. This new design has many great features, including larger product images with a gallery view. It also has a more user friendly layout, where many of our mats have been combined into one product page and separated by variations.