What is a wooden dummy made of?
Mu ren zhuang (木人樁; Mandarin: Mù Rén Zhuāng; Cantonese: Muk Yan Jong; lit. “Wooden Man Post”; Wade Giles: Moo Jen Ch’wang). Known internationally as The Wing-Chun Dummy or simply The Wooden Dummy. Traditionally made from wood, the dummies are now also made from synthetic materials such as steel and plastic.
What is the wooden dummy used for?
The wooden dummy is used for solo training and is a surrogate for a sparring partner. It cannot attack you, but it is designed in a way to motionlessly simulate a potential moving opponent. It is divided into several sections and is used to enhance one’s range, positioning, flow and precision of movement.
Why do martial artists use wooden dummies?
Although some martial artists still aim for that goal, wing chun training does not focus on making direct contact with the device’s wooden appendages. Instead, it uses the dummy to instill the ability to deflect or release an opponent’s force.
How much does it cost to build a Wing Chun dummy?
Having a dummy to train Wing Chun at home can really help you progress. However, it can be very expensive to buy one, have one custom made for you or ship one from China— upwards of $2,500 in some instances!