The Wing Chun wooden dummy is a very useful and traditional training tool.
The wooden dummy, also known as “Muk Yan Jong” or “Mu Ren Zhuang”, is designed for specific Wing Chun training. The dummy corrects the practitioner's positions and strength and helps you to become more and more precise in your movements.
A popular legend says that the wooden dummy was developed by the nun Ng Mui in the Shaolin Temple. She made a traditional Wing Chun dummy, which was originally placed in the ground. The wooden object was given the trunk of a tree for the body and branches representing the arms.
The modern design was developed during Ip Man's period in Hong Kong. This version is more compact and made suitable for use in a home. This version is also widely used within Wing Chun schools to further develop the skills of practitioners.
A wooden dummy is in fact an alternative for a person to train with. It includes three arms and one leg and represents an opponent's body in different positions. When using the dummy, the lines of force that a body can have in combat become visible.
Unlike the traditional version, the wooden dummy is suspended from the ground. This creates a resilience when touched that is comparable to the counterforce of a human opponent. This allows you as a Wing Chun practitioner to train the absorption of energy.
Many Wing Chun fighting principles, contact with an opponent and various follow-up movements can therefore be practiced on the Wing Chun dummy.
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