Its assembled and I’ve started drilling with it. The first thing I noticed was how hard the floor is. I don’t have a mat. I have been thinking about if I should even get one. I like some real world or practical application of BJJ. If I got in a street fight I will use my Jiu Jitsu training but I doubt there will be a mat. The next thing I noticed is that when I tried a Kimura it doesn’t feel right. The structure of the Submission Master’s arm is a arch with no true joints. At first I didn’t like this but then I realized it felt more like a arm that is trying to do a escape. It gave me a different perspective on my Kimura technique and how to apply it. The next thing I tried was the Triangle Choke. This hurt at first because the dummy is so hard. I didn’t realize how soft real humans are. I worked my Triangle and figured out something new I hadn’t noticed before. I posted Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Submission Techniques – The Triangle and gave tips and tricks on improving your Triangle. I now can add to that getting the knee of the leg around the neck above the neck. I have also found that just moving it around, it is 70 lbs, breaks me into a sweat. It doesn’t do infinity drills so you have to reset some drills to do it over. But for the most part you can do Arm Bars, Triangles, Kimuras, and other submissions over and over on each side. For Cross Body and Mount work you sit or lay very high. You don’t have a soft gut to lay into. I also can’t hook the legs (grapevines) in mount. What it comes down to is its no full substitute for a person but it does very well for what it is intended. So far I really like it and feel it is money well spent. It is true the $560 price tag is high but it sure beats the home made version I’ve seen on YouTube.com. I think the only true competitor in its class is the Bubba. I didn’t choose the Bubba because it didn’t sit up in guard, it looks light weight, and flimsy. I’m going to start trying some escapes and sweeps on it tomorrow and see how they go.
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.
Here are the Reviews I have done so far: