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Grappling Dummy Techniques for MMA Athletes

Mixed martial arts has literally burst onto the TV screen and it looks like it is here to stay. At my martial arts club the mixed martial arts classes are overrun with people wanting to learn MMA and I constantly have people asking me what can they do at home that will help increase there MMA skills. I tell them to invest in a grappling or throwing dummy. There dummies are designed for MMA athletes to throw, punch, kick and pound without ever hurting a single training partner.
Compared to other combat sports, MMA training is extremely easy to get injured either through a stray elbow, knee or headbutt. Drills such as punching when in knee ride or driving through wildly with a double leg can accidentally injure your opponent so there are times when you have to not punch, kick or throw with as much force as you would really like. While running MMA classes I sometimes get the occasional fighter who cannot control his strikes and so I assign him to using a grappling dummy.
If you are the sort of person who cannot regularly attend training then I highly advise you to purchase a dummy. This way if you ever miss training due to work or family commitments you can still drill your techniques in order to continually improve your MMA skills.
Grappling dummies are designed so that you can drill your MMA techniques without ever having to worry about injuring your opponent. You can perform various ‘ground and pound’ techniques such as strikes from mount, elbows from side control as well as vicious elbows when your on the bottom. Drilling knees and elbow strikes while on your feet is also a great technique you can drill with a grappling dummy.
Grappling dummies are built very well and can be picked up and slammed over and over again which is great if you are looking at practicing take downs against the cage, in a clinch or shooting in straight after a few strikes.
MMA fighters require a high level of fitness and conditioning due to the fact that a fight goes for anything from 3-5 rounds of 3-5 minutes (depending on the fight being amateur or professional). Therefore it is crucial that the fighters have a high level of fitness and adding different dummy techniques can assist in raising your aerobic threshold.
In conclusion grappling dummy’s are a fantastic investment for MMA fighters looking at training one hundred percent without injuring their opponents or for those fighters who cannot always get to training but are keen on practicing their skills in the comfort of their own home…

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How to Use a Wooden Dummy for Martial Arts Training

Shroud of Mystery
The kung fu training tool often called, a “wooden dummy,” is surrounded by mystique and misunderstanding due to lack of good quality information. Read further to find out what the dummy’s real form and function is all about.
What It Looks Like
A wooden dummy is usually made from a 5 or 6 foot long hardwood log that is 9 inches in diameter. It has three arms; 2 at chest level that point away from the center, and 1 arm at bellybutton level pointing straight out from the log. There is also a leg included that should be at, or just above, knee height. Wooden dummies are either mounted on a wall, or supported by a freestanding framework depending on your available space.
What a Wooden Dummy Isn’t
A wooden dummy is not used for strength training, or solely toughing your forearms through hard strikes like you would use on a makiwara. The dummy is not a magical device that will instantly make you a martial art master like Bruce Lee. It also isn’t a tool to show off with. If you train with the wrong mindset, you’re not going to get the results that are possible with it.
What a Wooden Dummy Is
A wooden dummy can be an extremely valuable training tool and partner if approached in the right way. It never gets tired. It won’t get mad if you get a good shot in, nor will it sucker punch you (but will still knock you around sometimes). And it is a training partner that has better defense than any human being could possibly have. The arms and leg are laid out in a particular fashion that mimic the best angles of defense used in close quarters combat. If you learn to use the dummy properly, you will be well versed in how to deal with a strong defensive opponent.
So How Do You Train?
You want to train with the mindset that you are developing an understanding of the basics of close quarters combat. These elements are composed of angles of attack, connection sensitivity, proper distances for various attacks, and developing the ability to execute simultaneous actions which could include attacking, blocking and kicking all at the same time. So while you’re training with the wooden dummy, be sure to remind yourself the goal is not to abuse the dummy and build tough forearms by hitting it hard. Instead, treat the tool like the precision instrument it is, and use it as a laboratory to cultivate your skills with a partner that will never call in sick.…