Training with Dummies-Breaking Down & Analyzing Your Game

The benefits of training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with a grappling dummy are vast and important.  While I can tell you how it will help you get into better shape and find comfortable spots, I’m going to take the analyticial approach on this one.

When live rolling—or just on the mat for class—have you ever found yourself in a position where your opponent is about to hit a move or transition, and you just couldn’t figure it out?  Maybe you had problems hitting a certain move yourself.

The frantic pace of the class normally doesn’t allow you to hit the pause button and nit-pick, so you just keep going.

However, when using a training dummy, the opportunity to stop and see the game from a different angle is a valuable tool.

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Enhancing Your Offensive Attacks Through Training Dummies

While you can’t accurately substitute the real-life thing with an inanimate object, having these dummies at your disposal is fantastic.

The dummies can easily take form of any defensive position that you want them to be in.  If you want them to take your back, just simply set them up.  Maybe they’re dominating you in side control; it’s simple to put yourself in a situation to work out of and use an aggressive offensive attack.

This is when you can break it down step-by-step in order to really hit the right move in proper succession.  Taking it at your own rate will allow the muscle memory to build, so when it’s show time, the move will be nothing more than second nature.

Another positive that these tools offer is that while working on your offensive attack, you can look for new ways to pull off a submission and continue to add to your game.  Heck, even film yourself to make it even more effective!

Honing Your Defensive Skills With Training Dummies

As I previously stated, the dummies can take to almost any situation that you place them in.  While the resistance may not be there with the dummies, it will still teach you how to properly go about hitting escapes and transitions.

This is vital to making the next step in your career in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, because what good are you if you don’t know how to get out of specific holds and spots?  The dummy will teach you how and when to hit these specific moves, and even how to turn them into offensive positions for you to strike from.

Overall, the benefits are endless when you consider training dummies.  Sure, they aren’t humans that can fight back and offer resistance and actual skill and moves, but they are great for those times when you don’t have a partner or you can’t make it to the gym.

Using training dummies allows you to go at your own pace, and see the game from totally different angles. If you haven’t already done so, go check out the Submission Master! It will do nothing but improve your overall game.

-Dan Faggella


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