Submission Master Grappling Dummy Review

 

The Submission Master is our favorite grappling dummy for training SUBMISSIONS (kind of obvious by the name, right?). It’s NOT a throwing dummy. Read review...

FEATURES
 Guard Training
 Good
 Guard Passing
 Good
 Turtle Position
 Good
 Leglock Training
 Good
 Throws & Takedowns
 No
RATINGS
 Submissions Training
 Positions Training
 Durability
 Value
 Throws & Takedowns

HERE IS OUR FULL REVIEW

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The purpose of the Submission Master grappling dummy is for training SUBMISSIONS. It’s not a throwing dummy.

The video below does an excellent job of showing you what you can do with the Submission Master grappling dummy, and will give you some insight into the other types of grappling dummies as well.

The #1 thing that separates the Submission Master from other grappling dummies is that it can posture in grappling positions that the other’s can’t (or at best, they can’t hold those positions very well.) The most notable of these is kneeling inside your guard.

Since guard is one of the MAIN positions you’ll train in BJJ, mma and other grappling styles, that alone makes this dummy worth the price.

In the video above, you’ll also see the Submission Master holding the turtle / quarter / sprawl positions pretty sturdily. Although there are other dummies that can be loosely postured in both the guard and turtle position, they collapse to the floor after each time you perform a technique requiring time to set up the dummies again to do a single move.

Conversely, the Submission Master’s design inherently causes it to hold those positions more easily, allowing you to spend more time practicing your moves rather than setting the dummy up for your next move.

The second strong point of this grappling dummy is the way its legs stay bent up at the waist. Again, in the video, you’ll see how that design allows the grappler to have more realism while practicing “passing the guard” moves from inside the guard. Some of the other dummies either require you to pick the legs up and hold them in position to do your moves, or the legs are too straight and stiff (mummy style) to do any guard passing.

That “legs bent up” position serves other functions as well. It mimics the way an opponent blocks you when you’re attempting to mount him from side control or knee on chest. And, in general, it mimics the way grapplers keep their legs  bent overall while on the ground. Other than a sprawl, there aren’t many occasions where a grappler has his legs straight once he’s on the ground grappling.

The third strength of this grappling dummy is that it holds it arms out in front of its body (bearhug positon) and the arms return to position after you do any move. The bearhug mimics an opponent wrapping you to keep you tight. The arms returning to position after each move, which let’s you go directly to your next move, rather than putting the arms in place before doing another move.

For the novices in the crowd, this product also gives you online access to a bonus “50 Tactics To Train On Your Grappling Dummy”.  Helpful for beginners, but possibly too basic for anyone with a little more experience.

A possible downside is that the product also feels exceptionally tight & stiff at first and requires break-in time and effort.  However, the intention behind filling the dummy so tight is to prevent it from becoming too loose & floppy after it has broken in, which is common among the majority of submission grappling dummies. Custom tools are used to fill the dummy, so it’s not recommended that you take any filling out… you won’t get it back in.

(On a related note – purchasing an unfilled grappling dummy and trying to fill it yourself at home will not end up with anything similar to a manufacture filled dummy. They use machine shredded filling and tools that result in a far superior result to what you can do yourself.  Trust me on this… I’ve tried.  The loss of quality is not worth the savings. Spend the money and get one that’s filled by the manufacturer.)

If the Submission Master has a weakness, it is it’s large size. It will be too large, particularly in the shoulders and waist, for a smaller (or shorter legged) grappler to completely close his/her legs around it for some moves or positions. Additionally, moves involving the quarter guard “lockdown” will be difficult, as the leg won’t straighten at the hip.

However, the sheer volume of moves and positions that can be trained on this versatile product outweigh the handful that can’t, making this an excellent value for submission grappling training.

Other sites where you can read about this product:

http://www.grapplingdummy.net

http://jiujitsumap.com/brazilian-jiu-jitsu/review-of-the-submission-master-grappling-dummy-part-1/

http://jteezy.com/2013/02/22/review-submission-master-grappling-dummy/

http://whitecollarbjj.blogspot.com/2008/03/magic-of-muscle-memory.html

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OUR FINAL CONCLUSION

The Submission Master gets our top pick for submission grappling dummy based on its ability to kneel and to posture in the turtle position where the others can't. Those two positions alone allow it to be used for guard training, back position, start position, butterfly guard, turtle position, sprawl and more. Although nearly all the reviewed dummies allow you to train top positions to varying degrees, these other positions are the essence of submission grappling and the Submission Master allows for training them. It is often referred to in other reviews as the "gold standard".

FEATURES
 Guard Training
 Good
 Guard Passing
 Good
 Turtle Position
 Good
 Leglock Training
 Good
 Throws & Takedowns
 No
RATINGS
 Submissions Training
 Positions Training
 Durability
 Value
 Throws & Takedowns
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