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How to Make Your Own Self Defense Training Dummy

Grappling, throwing and punching workouts often require a willing training partner, but sometimes you may want or need to work out alone. You can use self-defense training dummies for a variety of martial arts practice. Self-defense dummies are available from martial arts suppliers, but you can make your own self defense training dummy inexpensively and easily in your own home.

Turn the coveralls inside out. Inspect all of the seams. Strengthen or repair any weak seams using the sail maker's thread and needle.

Pull the end of one leg together and tie a length of rope tightly around the bunched fabric to seal the leg shut. Close off the other leg and the coverall sleeves in the same manner. Turn the suit right side out.

Stuff the legs and arms of the coverall with old clothes and rags. Periodically push the stuffing down to ensure the stuffing is packed densely. Stop when both legs and arms are fully stuffed.

Sew up the front of the coverall using the sail maker's thread and needle. Sew from the bottom to the top, ensuring that there are no gaps through which stuffing could escape. Leave the neck open.

Push clothes and rags into the body of the suit through the neck hole. Periodically push the stuffing down to ensure the stuffing is packed densely. Stop when the torso is fully packed.

Sew up the neck hole of the coverall. Ensure there are no gaps through which stuffing can escape. Tie loops of rope around the mid point of the arms and legs of the suit to simulate elbows and knees. Place another loop around the middle of the body to simulate the waist. Tie all ropes tightly and remove the loose ends.

Tip

Warm up thoroughly before performing any vigorous workout with your self-defense dummy.

Warning

Remove all hard and sharp objects from the coverall and the clothes you use to stuff your dummy.

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Things Needed

  • Coveralls
  • Sail maker's thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Old clothes or rags
  • Rope
  • Craft knife

About the Author

Patrick Dale is an experienced writer who has written for a plethora of international publications. A lecturer and trainer of trainers, he is a contributor to "Ultra-FIT" magazine and has been involved in fitness for more than 22 years. He authored the books "Military Fitness", "Live Long, Live Strong" and "No Gym? No Problem!" and served in the Royal Marines for five years.

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