I got my Submission Master grappling dummy yesterday for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I was very excited and hauled the 70 lbs box into the house. The dummy comes in two pieces and requires some assembly. Here it is all assembled and in my old gi. One of the reason I decided to buy the Submission Master was that it will sit up in guard. I found the video on YouTube.com very helpful in getting it put together. It came with a poorly photo copied set of instructions that looked like something from a kindergarten craft project. Here is the link to the Submission Master Assembly Instructions video. He does make it look a lot easier then it was. I had a hard time getting the rope tight enough. I think I will have to go back later and tighten it or do it again. That isn’t to big a deal. I think it will loosen in time anyway and need to be retied. I also followed the YouTube video about breaking the Submission Master in. If you don’t break it in correctly you can pop stitches. Here is the video to help you: Submission Master and Breaking It In. After working the feet and legs as directed it sat right up. I didn’t waste any time in trying out a Triangle Choke on it. The first thing I noticed is that humans are softer then dummies. I didn’t realize how hard the Submission Master would be. Its was easy to practice a Triangle Choke to Arm Bar combination on the dummy. I started breaking a sweat just trying to haul the thing around and get it in place for another technique. I was getting a “caveman” work out just moving the thing.
In my next post I’ll tell you more about how my BJJ practices are going with it and other things I’m finding out as I work with it.