Judo Tatami Mats – Traditional Red and Olive Green
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Why are Judo mats traditional Red and Olive Green?
The traditional color for Judo flooring is a combination of red and green mats. In many dojos (Judo training halls) and during competitions, the jigsaw mats for Judo (tatami) are arranged in this color scheme. The central area where the Judo bouts take place is typically green, while the border or “danger area” is marked in red. This color contrast helps athletes and referees easily distinguish the competition area from the outer safety zone.
It’s important to note that while red and green are traditional, other colors like blue are also commonly used, especially in international competitions and modern training facilities. The choice of mat colors can vary based on the preferences of the dojo or the guidelines of specific Judo organizations.