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Body Opponent Bag

Written by Sierra Rein
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In years past, a bean-filled punching bag shaped like a sausage was almost the only non-human practice tool a martial artist could use. While it did provide some resistance and allowed the student to kick and punch it with semi-realistic force, the targeting of specific areas of the body was not available. In recent years, the advent of a body opponent bag (or BOB) has helped students with their aim, and has been a great addition to many students' martial arts equipment.

The typical body opponent bag is made out of plastisol skin and filled with foam, and is shaped like the upper torso and head of a 6 foot tall male. It usually does not come with arms attached. Good body bags come with adjustable bases that can be filled with sand or water for good balance, and can be adjustable to simulate 5'10'' to 6'2'' attacker heights.

The Advantages Of Learning With A Body Opponent Bag

Believing in oneself is a great tenant to any martial art. Imagining yourself punching and kicking a real human being can be somewhat daunting to anyone, especially children. The best benefit one can get out of training with a body opponent bag is to simulate kicking one's attacker. This helps the student prepare for the time to do it in person (whether on the street or in competition), when the student should not be intimidated by the idea of the human form.

Thus, a body opponent bag is a great item to buy for any martial artist, whether a seasoned adult or a young child looking to challenge his skills. Height should not be an issue even for a child when it comes to self defense. Use the information here at Martial Arts Supplies Zone for the best places to find a great BOB for you!


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