I am giving away a new long sleeve Sprawl Rash Guard shirt (Retail Price: $38.50) for the best original name for my Submission Master grappling dummy. So far the names submitted by my family are:
Dummy (by my 3 year old)
Grap (by my 6 year old)
Grawp (by my wife) Hagrid’s giant brother.
Thud (by me) Its the sound he makes each time he falls over.
Submit your name in a comment to this post. A name will be chosen in time for the Sprawl Rash Guard to be shipped to you before Christmas.
Have you seen a Submission Master Grappling Dummy before? If not here is a picture of mine: I’ve only had it for about 3 days now and I must say over all I’m liking it. I’ve started a morning and evening drill routine with the Submission Master. I used my post entitled Improving Muscle Memory with a Solo Daily Drill routine to help me outline what I want to do and accomplish. For starters it has already improved my Triangle Choke. I always hate seeing the guy I’m trying to practice on go beet red. You want to work at your Triangle Choke to get better but you know how uncomfortable it is for the guy you are doing it on. With the Submission Master I can work at it and try new things out over and over without the live partner.
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.
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:
- Submission Master Grappling Dummy Review – Assembly of the Dummy
- Name My Submission Master Grappling Dummy Contest
- Review of The Submission Master Grappling Dummy – Drilling
- Submission Master Grappling Dummy Taps Out For Me
- How To Use The Submission Master Grappling Dummy To Increase Muscle Memory