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#383207 - 02/14/08 05:05 AM Grappling Dummies--Useful?
Aezed Offline

Registered: 12/02/02
Posts: 90
Loc: Cupertino, CA, USA
Hi, I just started taking BJJ classes about 3 months ago. I only have time to go twice per week, since I train a stand-up style MWF. I was wondering if I could do some useful drills with a grappling dummy.

I have seen them advertised on various sites, but was unsure as to their usefulness, especially considering how expensive most of them are.

Any thoughts? Recommendations?

#383208 - 02/14/08 08:45 AM Re: Grappling Dummies--Useful? [Re: Aezed]
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
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Loc: York PA. USA
Meh. Personally, I don't see the need, since the resistance offered by a partner cannot be repliated on a dummy. However, they can be a good strength workout. Ironically, Xibalba just a somewhat similar thread here:

I think BrianS made his own grappling dummy to work on, so you could try PMing him, too.
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#383209 - 02/14/08 06:46 PM Re: Grappling Dummies--Useful? [Re: Aezed]
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Registered: 11/04/05
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Yep, I made mine. It's a good workout when you don't have a partner to work with. You can make up a whole workout routine with one. Pick it up, throw it, slams, GNP, takedowns, etc...

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#383210 - 02/14/08 11:15 PM Re: Grappling Dummies--Useful? [Re: BrianS]
JAMJTX Offline

Registered: 12/01/02
Posts: 585
Loc: Fort Wayne, IN
They are very useful.
I was also going to reccomend the thread on solo BJJ training mentioned above. Some drills with the dummy coupled with ideas from this thread should get moving along pretty good.

#383211 - 02/15/08 08:39 AM Re: Grappling Dummies--Useful? [Re: JAMJTX]
BrianRVanCise Offline

Registered: 05/14/06
Posts: 110
Loc: Alma, Michigan
I made my own training dummy and use it once in awhile. It certainly cannot take the place of a partner but you can do things with it that you cannot do with a live partner. Ie. Throws where you drop your opponent on their head. Not to many partners appreicate that!

#383212 - 02/15/08 12:35 PM Re: Grappling Dummies--Useful? [Re: BrianRVanCise]
Glockmeister Offline

Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 255
Loc: Lancaster, Pa
Brian how did you go about making it?

#383213 - 02/15/08 02:19 PM Re: Grappling Dummies--Useful? [Re: Glockmeister]
BrianRVanCise Offline

Registered: 05/14/06
Posts: 110
Loc: Alma, Michigan

Brian how did you go about making it?

Okay I used rattan for the bones with hinges that move in the same direction as our joints do. After this I then used duck tape preceded by some large foam that I had lying around. Then I shaped the rest using duck tape. Roughly it is about seventy five pounds or so and wears a black jiujitsu gi and wrestling shoes. The face is also padded, etc. so that eyes, nose, etc. are distinguishable. I built it for about forty dollars tops. (really I only spent about fifteen dollars as the rest was lying around) All in all it is a good tool to use and have around.

you can work knee on stomach and striking techniques on it. Chokes and more. I even fashioned mine so that it can be hanged and hold tools so that I can swing the rattan at it. It takes a beating and keeps coming back for more.

Now I had mentioned earlier that I do alot of throws in there most combative manner meaning that I am trying to place the head/spine in a vertical manner and driving it straight down into the ground.(top of the head) Think Hip Throw but with a drive so that the head meets the ground first. This you cannot do with a training partner but you absolutely can do with a dummy.

#383214 - 02/15/08 06:24 PM Re: Grappling Dummies--Useful? [Re: BrianRVanCise]
JKogas Offline

Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 10818
Loc: North Carolina
You could do the same things with a standard heavy bag that you could with a more expensive training dummy. Plus as the bag is more awkward to grab, it actually works you harder.

Just a thought.



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