I’ve reviewed and written a number of posts on the Submission Master Grappling Dummy. I get a lot of questions along the lines of "its it really worth the money"? I have always answered "yes"! This week only served to strengthen that. I’m a dedicated father and family man. Its not uncommon to have conflicts with my training schedule. This week was back-to-school week for my kids. I had open houses to attend and last minute school shopping. Needless to say I missed class this week but I had my Submission Master to save the day. My grappling dummy has more then once become my life-line to Jiu-Jitsu. After the kids were in bed, I broke out my new favorite training DVD Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt Requirements: Gateway to the Advanced Game by Roy Dean and started working over Zed (my grappling dummy). In no time I had worked up a good sweat. I went over techniques at my own pace. I formulated some new solo drills based off what I was learning from Roy Dean. I got in some really good reps on some of the techniques I’d learned last week in class.
The Submission Master helps me keep my skills sharp when I can’t go to class. It helps me work out new ideas I have. It never complains or gets hurt. One negative side affect though is its rough. When working with the Submission Master for a extended amount of time remember to wear a rash guard. If you don’t then try my solution to gi burn from my post "Gi Burn Be Gone". It works great for me.
So you have figured out that the wife or girlfriend isn’t you best choice for practicing your grappling with when you are away from class. The next thing you think of is a grapping dummy. That is just what I did. I began looking at everything they had out there. The first thing was to distinguish between a throwing dummy and a grappling dummy. Once I had that sorted out there were a few contenders, Make-My-Own, Bubba, Grapple Man, and the Submission Master. I decided that making my own was a waste. Even though there were instructions on making one out there, I just didn’t think it would come out right for me. Of the pre-manufactured dummies Bubba was the cheapest, then Submission Master, and last Grapple Man. I decided on the Submission Master. It will sit up in guard and the arms will hold position. The Grapple man, although the most life like, was far to expensive and limp as a wet noodle. The Bubba although cheaper just didn’t have the stance that the Submission Master did. I could only find the Bubba on eBay and not for a real discount. So I ordered the Submission Master and it is due to arrive tomorrow. The process of ordering it was very haphazard. The site is poor and when they sent me the UPS tracking number it was incorrect. So far I don’t have to much faith in the company that is selling them. Lets hope the product is as good as I think it is.
Once I follow the break in instructions and start to really use the Submission Master I will do a review on it and let you know if it is really worth the money.