Grappling Dummy 101

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Grappling Dummy

It is that time of the years when your going through old clothes, ripped but treasured t shirts, worn out socks etc. Through them in the bin, donate to charity ( The good stuff ayet) or make a wrestling/grappling dummy to complement your heavy addiction to youtube grappling university.

I chose the later and so should you!!

The first time I seen a home made grappling dummy was at Punisher Kickboxing Academy in Rutherglen Scotland. Www.punisherkickboxing.com , one year later I have my own.

The plan

Make a life size Grappling dummy to wrastle with , try out movements and drill the basics on. I am not attempting to replace a live training partner!! hahaha

Research

There is a lot of really cool articles, how 2s, tutorials etc online. Some grappling dummies have articulating joints, constructed with cables, pullys, bungee cords, plumbing pipes and wooden blocks.

I looked at what was commercially available and almost all of them even up to police and fire training dummies where just a human shaped bags that were to be stuffed with rags etc. Ie They sell you the outline and you stuff it!! The outline is a hoodie and a pair of trousers!!

Hence my research resulted in the simplest solution I could find, which was essentially the first grappling dummy I seen. The one at PKA.

The construction

1 x Hoodie – I used my well worn Westcoast MMA hoddie to give my dummy some extra power 🙂https://www.facebook.com/westcoastmma

1 x trousers

1 x socks

1x shoes optional (I wanted functional leg and heel hooks!! )

4 x roles strong duck tape

Lots of old clothes, plastic backs, cushions and what ever else you have to stuff it.

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The hooded top and trousers give your dummy the structure you need. Stuff the top torso and hood. I rolled lots of clothing into arm like sausages and forced these appendages into the sleeves and trousers. I then filled any additional space with plastic bags, clothing etc.

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To attach the shoes , I put a socks over the shoes and then pulled the sock up over the ankle.

From here I covered the dummy in a shed load of tape. I used big connecting lines from the crotch to the shoulders to anchor and strengthen the connection between the hoodie and trousers. Evidently I pulled the hoodie over the trousers to create a small over lap before tapping.

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After 4 rolls of tape , I wrestled with it a pulling hard on the legs, arms and neck looking for any gaps in the tape that emerged and then covering these up with additional tape.

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Finally I fired on a pair of shorts and a rash guard.

I now have a basic Grappling dummy that I can perform basic drills, run through submissions, positions etc. The more time on the mat (dummy) the better I am going to get.

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Dummy Hack 101 🙂

Cheers

and have fun building yours.

Master Wang

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I am a lover of Martial Arts, thinking and food. I try my best to live up to Bill and Teds famous words "Be excellent to each other". I also run a podcast where we question everything!! Check out our podcast - @ http://www.everythingsanillusion.com

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I am a lover of Martial Arts, thinking and food. I try my best to live up to Bill and Teds famous words "Be excellent to each other". I also run a podcast where we question everything!! Check out our podcast - @ http://www.everythingsanillusion.com

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