The best grappling dummies to spar and drill with.
Best Grappling Dummies for BJJ/MMA
If you’re an MMA or BJJ practitioner, it’s possible you’re always on the lookout for sparring partners. The only issue is that it’s not always possible to find a sparring partner, especially if you train at home or if you’re on the move constantly. But that’s where grappling dummies come in.
Grappling dummies are exactly what they sound like. They are dummies that you can grapple with and hone your skills. They come in various sizes, shapes, and weights. Some of them are mere bags with handles while some of them are humanoid dummies with arms and legs. Some grappling dummies also come with straps to hoist them up and keep them stationary while you practice your kicks and moves.
When you’re looking for a grappling dummy, you have a lot of factors to consider. You can find filled or unfilled dummies — so you have to decide which of them is more suitable for you. In this article, we give you an overview of some of the best grappling dummies on the market.
TITLE MMA Legged Grappling Dummy is one of the most popular grappling dummies out there. This manufacturer is known for producing some of the most high-quality MMA/BJJ gear and this grappling dummy isn’t an exception.
This grappling dummy can easily be hanged on a stand so you can practice your punches and kicks. So you can use it as both a heavy bag and a grappling dummy. You get this in two sizes and weights — the 64” dummy weighs 70 pounds and the 68” dummy weighs 100 pounds. Since the weight is similar to that of most heavy bags, it can serve as a perfect substitute. This dummy is only suitable for adults and serious practitioners and doesn’t come in any youth sizes.
This grappling dummy also allows you to conveniently practice your groundwork and it includes a hanging chain attachment as well. The only issue is that this grappling dummy isn’t very flexible, but you can still practice a number of maneuvers and moves. It also has hands in place so you can practice your wrist locks. TITLE MMA Legged Grappling Dummy does, however, lack feet so you can’t practice feet locks.
All things considered, this grappling dummy is perfect for MMA/BJJ practitioners who want a dummy that can substitute as a heavy bag. It can be hanged up and it also comes with chain attachments. The only issue is that it doesn’t have feet and flexibility may be an issue.
The Celebrita MMA Grappling Dummy is available unfilled but you can fill it up to 100 pounds, either with recyclable textile cuttings or with shredding. You can also fill it up with raw cotton. This grappling dummy comes in various sizes. You can get the 40” (55 pounds) or 47” (77 pounds) dummies for youth and the 59” (99 pounds) or 70” (121 pounds) dummies for adults. As such, this graphing dummy is available for both youth and adult practitioners.
This grappling dummy can be postured on its knees or elbows as well, which allows you to practice quarter position/ turtle position or even sprawl positions. The outer cover of this dummy may be in leather or canvas, depending on the one you choose. The canvas dummy may be harder to clean. But the leather dummy is extremely easy to clean with a damp cloth. It may smell a little initially but you just have to air it out and that will go away.
This grappling dummy also keeps its legs curved at 90 degrees, much like most actual adversaries. This allows you to practice some very realistic grappling moves compared to straight-legged dummies. Since this is a sitting dummy, the height may appear to be 10 to 11” shorter because the legs are curled up. All things considered, the Celebrita MMA Grappling Dummy offers a wide range of possibilities in terms of practicing positions and catches. It’s available in sizes for youth and adults and you can get it in two colors — black and blue, for both canvas and leather.
The Ring to Cage Deluxe 3.0 is one of the most versatile sitting grappling dummies available. This grappling dummy is available in filled and unfilled styles, so you can either get it directly to use or you can get one that you can fill on your own. This grappling dummy is made of 22oz Polyester coated vinyl and it’s tightly filled. This dummy is perfect for BJJ, MMA, and most other martial art forms.
Since this dummy is in a sitting position with the legs bent at 90 degrees, it’s a lot truer to form than standing dummies. You can practice a number of grappling and catching moves that you can’t practice with a standing dummy. This grappling dummy, however, can’t be hoisted up so you can’t use it as a substitute heavy bag. It does, however, have hands and feet so you can practice wrist locks and feet locks as well.
The Ring to Cage Deluxe 3.0 grappling dummy is available in various styles, sizes, and colors. You have the following options — Adult-Sized/ Filled/ Blue, Adult-Sized/ Filled/ Marine Green, Adult-Sized/ Filled/ Red, Adult-Sized/ Unfilled/ Black and Red, Youth/ Filled/ Blue and Red, and Youth/ Unfilled/ Blue and Red. The adult dummies, when filled, weight 50 pounds to 70 pounds and the youth sizes weigh about 25 pounds when filled.
Combat Sports Grappling Dummy is an extremely versatile grappling dummy that can take strikes, throwdowns, and throws. This dummy also comes with limbs so you can practice submission moves.
This grappling dummy measures either 64” or 70” with an arm length between 17 and 18”. You can get it in four different weights —70 pounds, 90 pounds, 120 pounds, and 140 pounds. You have two color options with this dummy — green and black. The entire grappling dummy is made of heavy-duty nylon and military-grade vinyl, which is extremely easy to clean and it wicks off moisture easily instead of absorbing it.
Combat Sports Grappling Dummy is ideally used for practicing ground and pounds, takedowns and throws, striking, submissions, and mobility drills. The best aspect of this grappling dummy is that you have a range of size and weight options to choose from, the exterior is extremely durable, and it can withstand heavy abuse and impact.
However, this dummy is also quite stiff and the limbs aren’t flexible, which makes submission moves difficult to practice. Over time, this dummy’s ability to stand up straight may also diminish.
Daan MMA Grappling Dummy is a good option for you if you’re looking for a cheap grappling dummy. This dummy may be suitable for occasional personal use but it’s certainly not suitable for gym use because it can’t withstand hours of pounding and abuse.
This grappling dummy is fairly reasonable but it’s still quite versatile. It has both feet and hands and is positioned in a sitting posture. This allows you to practice a number of throws, strikes, mobility drills, and even submissions. You can also practice wrist locks and feet locks. But despite that versatility, this grappling dummy does have a fair bit of limitations.
The arms of this dummy are extremely short. They can still serve the intended purpose but you’ll need to get used to it. This dummy is also only available in a single size — 70”. As such, it can only be used by adults and for personal use. This grappling dummy is also unfilled so you’ll have to fill it up with your own materials.
All things considered, this isn’t the best or most durable grappling dummy. But if you’re a novice practitioner or on a budget, then this dummy can be a good choice for you. It at least allows you to practice all of the necessary moves, procedures, submissions, etc.
The Century Grappling Dummy is a standing dummy with hands but no feet. You can get it in three sizes — 70 pounds, 90 pounds, and 120 pounds. This is a fairly basic grappling dummy. The exterior of the dummy is made of thick-cut vinyl that’s easy to clean and doesn’t retain moisture, so it doesn’t get too stinky either.
This grappling dummy is ideal for throws and grappling moves. The arms are pretty flexible and you can move them however you like to practice arm and wrist locks. The dummy is also extremely durable and has double-reinforced stitching so it doesn’t come apart at the seams. This dummy also has a surprising ability to remain intact in a standing position. It won’t start sagging even after using it for extended periods.
All things considered, the Century Grappling Dummy may not be the most versatile grappling dummy out there, but it’s perfectly suitable for most regular MMA/ BJJ practitioners.
Century Youth V.SPAR.2 Punching Bag is an extremely modern and high-tech grappling dummy. On the outside, this looks like the strangest grappling dummy possible. It doesn’t have a humanoid shape with flexible limbs like most grappling dummies. Instead, it seems like it’s made of a series of punching bags arranged in the shape of limbs. But even though it doesn’t have a humanoid form, it’s still an incredibly effective grappling dummy and punching bag.
This is a three-legged grappling dummy that can stand upright without any other straps or chains. As such, it’s the perfect dummy for intense maneuvers like throws, takedowns, and even sweeps. The arms can also be used for armdrags, Russian ties, and other forms of maneuvers. This grappling dummy is made entirely only vinyl so it’s extremely easy to maintain and it comes in two colors — black and red.
Roll Hard Grappling Dummy is a sitting dummy that comes with hands and feet. It’s a filled dummy so you can use it immediately without having to get additional filling. It’s only available in an adult size and is perfect for complex maneuvers like grappling, ground and pound, submissions, wrist and feet locks, and others.
This grappling dummy is made of heavy-duty mil spec cardoura material. This gives the dummy a realistic feeling instead of the artificial vinyl or leather feeling of most dummies. But this also has a drawback. The material tends to soak up water and you need to air dry and clean it regularly otherwise it will retain a distinct odor. This grappling dummy is around 6’ tall and weighs 55 to 60 pounds.
All things considered, Roll Hard Grappling Dummy is a suitable sitting dummy for those who are on a budget and need a ready-to-use dummy. But it’s not suitable for gym use or for professionals.
Ring to Cage MMA Training and Fitness Dummy is one of the most affordable grappling dummies on the market because it’s not a humanoid dummy. This is basically a heavy bag with handles sewn on all sides. You can use the primary body as a regular heavy bag and you can use the handles to practice different moves and maneuvers.
Since this grappling dummy costs less than $100, it’s perfect for students who are just starting off with martial arts. The handles make the dummy perfect for throws and the core is perfect for strength training, punches, and kicks. If you have someone to hold the bag, you can also practice takedowns.
The bag is made of polyester coated vinyl along with triple reinforced stitching. This makes it highly durable and you can rest assured that the seams won’t come off. The dummy measures 38” x 15” and weighs 60 pounds. It’s only available in black color.
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