How to Make a PVC Grappling Dummy

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How to Make a PVC Grappling Dummy
A grappling dummy can allow for extra training at home. (arts martiaux 6 image by Nathalie P from Fotolia.com)

Grappling dummies are used to train in various forms of martial arts. These dummies can provide hours of extra practice outside of the Dojo. Making a grappling dummy from PVC pipe is much less expensive than buying a manufactured dummy and fairly easy to build. This dummy is around 6 feet tall, but the measurements can be adjusted to make shorter dummies if needed.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Heavy gauge wire, 100 inches long, 1
  • Heavy gauge wire, 70 inches long, 1
  • Heavy gauge wire, 36 inches long
  • PVC pipe, ¾ inch diameter, 16 inches long, 2
  • PVC pipe, ¾ inch diameter, 13 inches long, 2
  • PVC pipe, ¾ inch diameter, 11 ½ inches long, 2
  • PVC pipe, ¾ inch diameter, 13 ½ inches long, 2
  • Poly-vinyl cord, 5/32 thick, 3 inches long, 4
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 7/32 inch
  • Measuring tape
  • Duct tape, 5 rolls
  • Rope-type mop head
  • High density foam, 24 inches wide, 3 yards long, 1 inch thick
  • High density foam, 24 inches wide, 3 yards long, 2 inches thick
  • High density foam, 24 inches wide, 1 yard long, 3 inches thick
  • High density foam, 24 inches wide, 1 yard long, 4 inches thick
  • Sweat shirt
  • Firm pillow

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay the 36-inch wire on a table and line the two 100-inch pieces at the bottom. The 36-inch piece should be in the centre of the 100-inch piece. Bend the 100-inch piece on both sides to create hips about 2 inches on either side of the 36-inch wire. Twist the end of the 36-inch wire around the other wire. Wrap the wires together with duct tape at least 30 times, until the connection is set. This is the torso and legs.

  2. 2

    Drill a hole on each PVC pipe ½ inch from the end. Only one hole is needed for each pipe.

  3. 3

    Slide 16-inch PVC pipe on the legs of the dummy. Bend the wire of the legs to make a knee. Slide the 13-inch PVC pipes on the ends of the legs and tie the PVC pipes together with the polyvinyl cord. Bend the ends of the leg wires to make feet. The bend is a 90-degree bend at the end of the PVC pipe.

  4. 4

    Measure 10 inches down the 36-inch wire and centre the 70-inch wire on this location. The 70-inch wire is the arms of the dummy. Wrap the two wires together with duct tape about 50 times. Bend the 70-inch wire in a 90-degree angle 2 inches on both sides of the 36-inch wire to create shoulders.

  5. 5

    Place the 13 ½-inch pipes on the arms to create the forearms and bend the wire to create the elbow. Slide the 11 ½-inch pipes on the wire fore forearms and tie the PVC pipes together in the same manner as the legs. Wrap the ends of the PVC and wire in duct tape to create the hands.

  6. 6

    Cut the handle of the mop off leaving about 8 inches on the handle. Line the mop handle up with the top portion of torso wire and wrap it thoroughly with duct tape. Ball up the rope of the mop and duct tape it up to create a head. Wrap the 2-inch foam around the head and neck. Attach it to the body with a layer of duct tape.

  7. 7

    Cover the torso with 1-inch foam, the arms and feet with 2-inch foam, the calves and neck with 3-inch foam and the thighs with 4-inch foam. Lightly wrap the foam with duct tape. The only area that should be tight is the torso. If the foam is wrapped too tight, the dummy will be hard as a rock.

  8. 8

    Place the sweat shirt on the dummy and stuff the shirt with a pillow. Any leftover foam can also be stuffed in the shirt. Tape the shirt to the dummy to ensure the pillow will not fall out.

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