Wing Chun Wooden Dummy
The Wooden Dummy emerged as a wing chun training tool in southern China from the late 1800’s.
Wooden Dummy Training Benefits
Wing Chun Wooden Dummy training develops bridging gap concepts, seeking the bridge along the center line, shows correct execution of techniques, proper positioning relative to an opponent, coordination and footwork, kicking, arm and leg conditioning, develops forward intention and sticking, interrupt ability, focus and fighting strategies.
Practitioners starting Wing Chun Wooden Dummy training can benefit from the wooden dummy without unnecessary risk of injury as long as they are patient and cautious during the early stages of their training. The correct method of wooden dummy training is to make light contact until the body is sufficiently conditioned.
The ultimate goal of Wing Chun Wooden Dummy training is to establish a good basic skill set you can tap into when you train with a live partner. That will enable you to respond with the right movements and principles without undue thought.
Wing Chun Wooden Dummy Training consists of training 108 sets on the wooden dummy, practicing the wooden dummy sets in the Air as a wing chun form plus training the wooden dummy sets with a partner to create a continuous fighting sequence from start to finish.
Wooden Dummy exercises are essentially a sequence of movements in which the Practitioner reacts spontaneously to the Dummy and its attacks.
Without the right degree of concentration your practice could become a thoughtless exercise. Try not to anticipate what is coming next.
Since Wooden Dummy movements are preset, it becomes easy just to move. Don’t let your workout become too mechanical.
Move slowly at first, and practice your form and structure until you deliver several flawless exercises with not one misplaced strike or block. Once you have correct movement and placement at the right time with the right flow then you can start moving faster. if you cannot do the form slow, you won’t be able to perform fast.
The Wooden Dummy is very unforgiving. if you hit it wrong, especially with bone on wrist, you will learn how important correct body position and placement is.
Concepts developed with Wing Chun Wooden Dummy Training
- Footwork and co-ordination
- Perception and understanding of fighting ranges
- Balance and positioning
- Focus and intention
- Toughening of the limbs
- Fighting strategies
- Bridging the gap
- Interrupt ability
- Form training
- Action and reaction