Grappling Dummy – An Olympian’s View

I’ve been doing Judo for over 22 years and I’ve competed and educated in a number of the hardest dojos and gymnasiums on the planet. For me personally, I used to be just a little bit skeptical when it got here to using grappling dummies. I had this bizarre perception that grappling dummies have been no good as a result of it wasn’t an actual individual and subsequently did not react or really feel like an actual individual. Whereas I used to be coaching for the Beijing Olympics I had a improbable coaching accomplice who was there each time I wanted him to coach. With 3 months to go earlier than the Olympics my coaching accomplice bought thrown with a horrible ko soto gari and suffered a torn ACL and wanted a knee reconstruction. This meant that not solely did I lose a coaching accomplice however I misplaced the quantity of repetitions of uchikomi I used to be doing day in and day trip.

One in every of my mates talked about that somebody wanted to invent a robotic that saved standing up all the things you throw it- I immediately considered a grappling dummy.

I quickly discovered a combined martial arts gymnasium on the far facet of city that stocked legend grappling dummies.

I began doing a whole bunch and hundred of repetitions of my favorite throws equivalent to Ippon seoi nage, double leg takedown and Te guruma (excessive crotch). I additionally started engaged on my prime management sport by doing numerous place altering whereas on prime and I even started pulling guard with the dummy as a heat up.

Because the Olympics have been getting nearer I started rising my health and conditioning with numerous hill sprints and circuits. To additional improve my throwing approach and health ranges I started including throws, takedowns and prime management drills to my health circuits. By including throwing to my circuits I discovered that the ability I may generate when throwing a resisting opponent elevated purely as a result of I used to be repeatedly exploding in an effort to throw the dummy. 

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As a Judo and Brazilian jujitsu teacher I’m always utilizing the grappling dummy as an additional physique if we’ve odd numbers in a category. Just a few years later I’m nonetheless discovering issues to do with my dummy equivalent to chin ups whereas holding the dummy between my legs, push ups, field jumps and zercher squats. Extra not too long ago I utilized for the native fireplace brigade and as a part of the take a look at I needed to drag or carry 100 pound dummy roughly 100 meters and so I apply with my very own dummy in an effort to move the take a look at.

I extremely encourage my purchasers to make use of a grappling dummy, (particularly if they’re busy and can’t make it to coaching) as a result of in the event that they miss coaching they will nonetheless work on their footwork, velocity and enhance their throwing velocity within the consolation of their very own properties.

Listed here are a few of my favourite throws I do utilizing the dummy. I normally carry out 1 throw after which carry out 2 burpees after every throw. I normally attempt for 20-50 throws a set. You are able to do:

– Ippon seoi nage (shoulder throw)

– Koshi Guruma (cross buttocks)

– Morote gari (double leg)

– Single leg into fireplace mans carry (Kata guruma)

– Osoto gari (Main outer reap)

– Juji gatme (arm bar)

– Sankaku jime (Triangle choke)

– Zercher squats 

– Overhead press

– Dummy drags for 3 laps of the dojo

Give these exercises a go and watch your health and technical abilities enhance dramatically.

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