Is a Submission Master Really Worth the Price?

“Do you really like your Submission Master Grappling Dummy?” is the first question I get followed by “Is it really worth the price?”.  To which I always answer “YES!”.  I know its expensive but so is that latest gadget or fashionable thing you want.  It all comes down to where you spend your time and money.  I am getting zero time at the gym or BJJ class because the economy has me hard up (See How has the Economy Affected your Jiu-Jitsu).  My Submission Master is paid for.  I can roll with him anytime.  He never complains and I never feel guilty about taking my time figuring out a choke on him.  Yes, he isn’t a 100% swap for a real training partner but he does an excellent job helping me practice my chokes, sweeps, and escapes for the most part.  He has real body mass (70 lbs.) and volume.  He holds a basic in guard posture.  Although resetting him each time can be a little tiring I get a work out while practicing.  If I don’t want to reset then its up to me to come up with combos that do it for me.  I have a good time tapping out my Submission Master.  I’m glad I bought him.

The makers of Submission Master did not pay me or give me anything to say this.  I don’t even know who they are.

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How has the Economy Affected Your Jiu-Jitsu?

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As you already know I have had to take a break from BJJ for financial reasons (See my post: “Training at Home When You Have No Other Choice”).  Its more important to pay the bills and support my family then tap people out with Triangles.

The price of everything seems to be going up these days.  I thought I read something on The FightWorks PodCast about the average cost of classes being $100.  Where I practice is below that.  As I remember the survey done on FightWorksPodCast was some time ago.  I could not find it on their site.  I wonder what the average is now with the economy in a wreck?  For me my classes were part of my “discretionary spending” fund.  That has now dried up with adding a mini-van to the family and soaring food costs.  What “cut backs” have you had to make?  Has the cost of your classes gone up?  Maybe you can still afford classes but nothing else.  I mean no new gi or rash guard.  What you have will just have to do.  Maybe it means no seminars or tournaments.  Let me know, I’m curious to hear what others are going through in this economy with their Jiu-Jitsu training.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu