RICE STRAW HAS LEFT ITS MARK (BUT NOTHING ELSE)
The tradition linking Rhode with oriental martial arts goes back to the start of the 20th century. A time when sports scientists here had hardly any practical experience of oriental techniques. In those days people trained and competed on genuine Japa- nese rice straw mats, though these were unfortunately not adapted to take account of the dry European climate. The outcome was that they began to wear after just a short time.
An exciting idea by the companyâ€™s founder resulted in a completely new type of mat in 1952, the Rhode Tatami . Tough cotton felt inserts were bonded together like plywood, laminated with rub- berised hair and covered with a tough cotton canvas sheet. The first step in a completely new direction. New materials and production processes today allow us to customise products for the different martial arts.
See for yourself.