Taught by Rafael Mendes, sharpen your Jiu-Jitsu with a dummy

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O campeão de Jiu-Jitsu Rafael Mendes ataca o pé no ADCC 2011. Foto: John Lamonica.

Jiu-Jitsu champ Rafael Mendes attacks a foot at ADCC 2011. Photo: John Lamonica.

In Jiu-Jitsu, there’s one training partner who’s vital to your development but who often goes neglected.

Besides the various exercises against the wall, to get more edge on your guard, you can use a training dummy to sharpen up your skills on your own.


As two-time world champion Rafael Mendes demonstrates, you can use one to gain dexterity no matter what the position. Watch and learn the “dummybolo” that, joking aside, is great in helping to understand how the berimbolo counter-attack works.

Now what about you, gentle reader? Are there any solo routines you do to sharpen up your game when no training partners are around to help? Comment below!


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