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Best Grappling Dummy & Wrestling Dummy For MMA, BJJ & Wrestling

When it comes fight gear, one piece of equipment that should be looked for improving your overall ground game is a grappling dummy . A grappling dummy and a wrestling dummy is a dummy designed in the shape of an actual person and is used to practice techniques, throws and strikes on. The best grappling dummies must feel life and be built to replicate an actual human so it can emulate an actual sparring session with a human. Grappling dummies are handy to keep around in the gym when you have nobody to roll and spar with. Below is a top 5 list of the best grappling dummies and wrestling dummies in the market today:

The Top 5 Best Wrestling Dummies & grappling Dummies of 2017

#1 Ring To Cage MMA Dummy

 

ring to cage grappling dummy

 Specifications

 

  • Manufacturer: Ring To Cage
  • Dummy Weight: 70lbs and 35lbs
  • Dummy Color: Black

Performance Rating

  • Price 93%
  • Dummy Durability 93%
  • Dummy Stitching 96%
  • Overall Build Quality 92%
  • Training Effectiveness 92%
  • Manufacturer Reputation 91%
  • Consumer Reviews 93%

Editors Rating

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#1 on our list is the Ring to Cage MMA/BJJ dummy. This grappling dummy is amazing for people who are getting into MMA or BJJ. The combination of Dummy weight, size and overall structure makes it amazing to work with. Roling with the dummy feels very life like especially when you transition, sweep and lock on submissions on the grappling dummy. When it comes to the build quality of the ring to cage dummy, expect the grappling dummy to last you quite some time due to the tough and durable stitching. Another reason why this dummy ranks #1 on our list is the price to performance ratio this dummy has. This is an absolute steal when you compare it to similar built grappling dummies. Ring to cage has outdone themselves with releasing an amazing dummy that feels very life like.

#2 I&I Sports Bubba II BJJ Dummy

 

grappling dummy

 Specifications

 

  • Manufacturer: I & I Sports
  • Dummy Weight: 70lbs
  • Dummy Color: Black

Performance Rating

  • Price 80%
  • Dummy Durability 94%
  • Dummy Stitching 94%
  • Overall Build Quality 95%
  • Training Effectiveness 95%
  • Manufacturer Reputation 95%
  • Consumer Reviews 89%

Editors Rating

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The Bubba II dummy is hands down the best dummies to use for bjj, MMA, Judo, Wretling and any other grappling sport for that matter. The bubba 2 grappling & wrestling dummy is designed for practicing any and all types of grappling as well as ground striking. In terms of the dummy build and construction, bubba is built to withstand rigorous submissions, throws and strikes. In addition, this dummy also consists of a one piece design which also has the outside wrapped in duct tape within a sweat shirt and sweat pants. Perhaps the most popular feature about this grappling dummy is that it has a perfect mixture between flexibility and weight which allows people to perform a variety of moves on the dummy. That said, the only knock we found with this grappling dummy is the above average price tag.

#3 Celebrita MMA, BJJ & Judo Grappling Dummy

 

grappling dummy

 Specifications

 

  • Manufacturer: Calebrita
  • Dummy Weight: 40” 25KG, 47” 35KG, 59” 45KG and 70” 55KG
  • Dummy Color: Black, Red and Blue

Performance Rating

  • Price 96%
  • Dummy Durability 90%
  • Dummy Stitching 91%
  • Overall Build Quality 93%
  • Training Effectiveness 93%
  • Manufacturer Reputation 93%
  • Consumer Reviews 91%

Editors Rating

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#3 on our list of best grappling dummies is the amber Celebrita MMA dummy. This dummy is built extremely durable and will last you for years to come. When it comes to simulating an actual fight or grappling session, this bag does a phenomenal job at it. A big difference between this dummy and other grappling dummies is that the arms and legs of the amber dummy can stay in a locked in position which is ideal for grappling situations. What makes this dummy shine is the low pricetag that comes with it.

 

#4 Ring To Cage Deluxe MMA Grappling Dummy

grappling dummy

 Specifications

 

  • Manufacturer: Ring To Cage
  • Dummy Weight: 55Lbs
  • Dummy Color: Black/Red

Performance Rating

  • Price 88%
  • Dummy Durability 93%
  • Dummy Stitching 91%
  • Overall Build Quality 94%
  • Training Effectiveness 95%
  • Manufacturer Reputation 91%
  • Consumer Reviews 93%

Editors Rating

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#4 on our list of grappling dummies is the ring to cage deluxe MMA and BJJ dummy.  This is hands down one of the best looking dummies that is sold on the market to date. In terms of the wrestling dummy build, it is constructed out of an extremely durable form of polyester that is coated in vinyl which allows the dummy to be very durable and long lasting. In addition, the ring to cage deluxe dummy has a build that allows both striking and grappling. When it comes to negatives and cons against this dummy, we found that the stitching on the mid torso has room to improve.

#5 TITLE MMA Legged Wrestling Dummy

 

Wrestling dummy

 Specifications

 

  • Manufacturer: Title
  • Dummy Weight: 70lbs and 100lbs
  • Dummy Color: Black

Performance Rating

  • Price 89%
  • Dummy Durability 90%
  • Dummy Stitching 89%
  • Overall Build Quality 88%
  • Training Effectiveness 92%
  • Manufacturer Reputation 93%
  • Consumer Reviews 94%

Editors Rating

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The manufacturer behind this dummy is title, one of the best fight gear manufacturers in the industry to date. The title wrestling dummy does an amazing job of replicating an actual human during a rolling and sparring session. In terms of build material, the bag is made up with a durable and extra-tough ply-synthetic leather that is perfect for rigorous grappling and strikes. This bag also comes in a variety of sizes that can be used for both children and adults. This is a hybrid dummy meaning it can be used for grappling and striking. When it comes negatives against this dummy, some users have reported that the dummy is fairly hard to practice throws with.

Things To consider when Deciding on Which Grappling Dummy to go with

 

The Amount Of Flexibility offered By The Grappling Dummy

The dummies range of flexibility is one key factor that should be considered when it comes choosing your wrestling dummy. The notion of dummy flexibility is one of the most important factors to take into consideration in terms of purchasing a dummy; however, it’s also a factor that can often be difficult to understand what it exactly means and how it applies to training.  A dummy that contains stiffer limbs can keep a fighter from executing effective submission maneuvers, yet one that has more flexible limbs won’t provide a vast amount of resistance, thereby allowing for a more realistic training experience. For example, you transition from side control to mount and thereafter lock on an arm bar yet the dummy does not allow the arm to extend which is what flexibility refers to on a grappling/wrestling dummy.

 

 

How The Dummies’ Limbs React During grappling

Another impact of wretling dummy flexibility is how the dummies limbs react after being manipulated and extended. The limbs on the dummy should be able to return to their natural position, as this keeps the dummy from having to be re-positioned after each and every maneuver, as well as allowing for more reps within a certain time frame. For example, when the grappling wrestling dummy is place in a leg lock, the leg should immediately go back to the original position it was in before the submission. The dummy, when positioned properly, should bend at its knees and elbows while, at the same time, retain its normal structure in its arms and legs. This will allow for a much better opportunity to practice more submissions from many different positions and is the sole reason why grappling dummies are beneficial to training.

 

 

The Build Quality and Overall Durability on the Grappling Dummy

Build quality will dictate the lifespan of the dummy and how long it will last you. A good wrestling dummy should be constructed out of materials that are of a high quality so that it can take the beating you give to it. A quality dummy should last you a minimum of 5 years. When comparing the different grappling dummies and the build quality, pay attention to the dummies stitching construction. Make sure the limbs and joints have reinforced stitching as they take the most punishment and abuse through out the dummy. The last thing you want is for your dummies arm to rip after locking in an arm bar. That said, you pay for what you get with higher quality built dummies costing more and lower quality dummies costing less.

 

 

The Weight You decide to go with For your dummy

I have come across people claiming that a heavier wrestling dummy will be much better and will up your gain. You may get stronger working on a heavier dummy but your technique will not improve if you can barely lift the dummy. The purpose of a wrestling dummy is to mimic a real life training partner which is why the weight must be accurate to your size and strength. The overall weight should be as comfortable as possible so that carrying it around doesn’t cause any strain on your body because if it weighs too much, it can be difficult to train with it. On the other hand, if the dummy is too light, the experience itself won’t be realistic enough in terms of preparing for a fighter of the same weight class. Here is a video of a dummy being used correctly:

 

 

Deciding On How Tall Your Dummy will be

The height of the wrestling dummy is another factor that is extremely important and should always be considered when purchasing a dummy. Treat the dummy height the same way you would treat dummy weight when deciding on which grappling dummy to go with. Any good dummy should always be the same height as the actual fighter, as this will make handling it a lot easier. Additionally, it will also make submissions easier as well, as these dummies often contain flexible limbs. That said, if your training for a specific fight with an opponent that is taller or short than you, then it is recommended to select a dummy similar to your opponent.

 

 

Wrestling Dummies and Grappling Dummies Pricing

Grappling Dummies have a pricing model similar to other martial arts gear. You pay for what you get and this notion rings true when deciding on which dummy to go with. The best grappling dummies that offer good flexibility and good build quality will also be priced a lot more. My recommendation would be to set aside a budget before deciding on which grappling dummy to go with. You do not have to break the bank when it comes to investing in a MMA, BJJ or Wrestling dummy and it really comes down to the amount of training you plan on doing with the dummy. If you see yourself drilling with the dummy a few times a week, consider a cheaper dummy and if you see yourself drilling everyday with it, spend more on the wrestling dummy.

Conclusion

People often neglect grappling dummies but they are a valuable tool when it comes to training. Like we mentioned earlier, heavier does not always mean better which is why you must be weary of the weight you choose. A 70lbs dummy will not necessarily be 70lbs when you factor in dead weight. Dead weight on a grappling can really manipulate the actual weight itself and can pretty much double the weight. In addition, grappling dummies for jiu jitsu and grappling dummies for wrestling may have a different design depending on who manufactures it.  Lastly, be sure to clean your grappling dummies after each training session you have to ensure the dummy remains functional for years to come.

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