The video of Andre Galvao and Leo Vieira playing with a gym ball at their academy spread like wildfire in the BJJ community. The concept was cool: practice ground techniques on an unstable piece of equipment. What made it cooler was that two world class BJJ practitioners were using it.
Before this, gym balls usually collected dust in the corner. Now, in almost every gym, there is somebody using one before a class starts trying to emulate the moves they saw in this popular video. With varied success, we begun to understood the demands of balance, pressure and co-ordination the swiss ball created (sometimes the hard way, like landing on our head). However, something was missing. The ball needed to resemble the human body. After all, how many of our opponents are in the shape of a sphere with no limbs?
This led to the formation of Combat X-Trainer:
“A spherical body with projections to represent the arms, legs and head allowing BJJ practitioners to practice techniques with points of reference”
The prototyping wasn’t as easy as we thought. We travelled to Hong Kong, China and the Untied States for prototyping. Met with UFC fighters, K-1 fighters and BJJ world champions (whose names we can’t disclose for confidentiality purposes) to gain feedback on the positions of the limbs and head. Two years later and the CXT was created…