About Derek

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About Derek.

Hi everyone welcome to Training Gear. This page is all about Derek, I have been involved in Martial arts for over 38 years and I’d like to say it’s been a blast. I have represented my country on many occasions, met a lot of fantastic fighters/competitors and seen some beautiful places.

I enjoyed every minute of it!

Although I must admit there’s always been that little element of danger. This can come in many forms, here and now I want to discuss matting. This is the basic foundation in most Martial Art disciplines and on one occasion the promoters fell a little short!

My story points to carpet matting the type that came in a roll. Not the best I’d like to say and I’m very sure it no longer exists. I discovered the hard way that all mats are not made equal and luckily I still have my toes to tell this story.

Yes you heard me right my toes!!

Hopefully it’s a mistake that no one else should endure, times have changed and with it safety matting.

The Ground Game – about Derek.

My aim is to provide you with my knowledge based on 38 years and my experience as a competitor in Martial Arts. I hope to steer you through the maze of safety mats available and assist you in choosing the best product at the right price.

Like I mentioned earlier times have changed and with it the quality of matting available to you and I. I am simply here to help.

My knowledge and experience is at your disposal.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Training Gear will cover a multiple of topics regarding safety matting and various topics. We aim to give you the best view regarding your choice of safety matting and all relevant items that go with it. This is a passion of mine and one that I look forward to sharing with you in great detail.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, feed back is always welcomed.

All the best,


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1 thought on “About Derek

  1. Wow! 38 years in martial arts. That’s pretty amazing. I’m going to share your site with my son who is interested in martial arts and MMA….hoping he changes his mind on the MMA part.


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