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Demystifying the Wingchun Wooden Dummy

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Some common WingChun questions that laypeople and beginners ask are in regards to training on the Wooden Dummy. Most people want to learn the WingChun woody dummy because it looks cool. However, there are two aspects to realize about the dummy.

First, the dummy is a training tool for you to use by yourself, like a heavy bag. For example, you can practice many different combinations for training coordination and cardiovascular endurance. You can hit the dummy as hard as you can for power training and arm conditioning. You can do whatever you want with it. You do not even have to practice WingChun techniques on the dummy.

Second, the dummy is often taught as the final empty-hand form in the WingChun system. Just like the prerequisite forms (Siu Nim Tau, Tsum Kiu, and Biu Jee), the dummy form has a unique set of concepts, techniques, combinations, solo and partner exercises, and applications. Each must be learned before you can say that you know the form.

For example, you can freestyle practice techniques on the dummy but may not know the form sequence. If you know the sequence of the movements in the form, you may be missing the concepts and how to do each technique correctly. Still, knowing the form is not enough. The most important goal of any WingChun form is the ability to apply it.

And that’s it. Hopefully, this short post makes you less of a “dummy” on the wooden dummy.

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