Learning Wing Chun on your own is always a challenge, centuries ago, the grand masters in the Shaolin arts devised a training tool that would supplant the missing partner in the times when no partner was available. This training tool is none other than the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy. In Cantonese, the device is named “Mook Yan Jong”, when translated to English, it can loosely mean a “Wooden Man Stake”. Often nicknamed “The Jong” or the “Mook Jong”. Either way, it’s best to get one that is well made and well secured to a wall or ground installation. This will allow you to get the most out of training on it, because you can really release your full power potential and get a nice feed back on your angulation. It’s an art inside an art, and considered the 4th chapter in the books of Wing Chun.
In this video, we’ll go step by step through the positioning and angulation of the techniques found in the third and fourth section of the Yip Man Wooden Dummy form. It’s advised that, as a prerequisite, a student learn the first two Wing Chun boxing forms; Siu Lim Tao and Chum Kiu. The reason being, that these forms contain the foundation of bodily structure that we should look to apply on the Wooden Dummy. It’s hard to reference the understanding of structure, unless you’ve had a thorough amount of training in these first empty hand forms. Still, don’t let that hold you back from learning on a tool that has made many Wing Chun students into Wing Chun Technicians. Just remember not to hit the Jong too hard at first, and it’s better to learn the form pattern, before you try to go to wild exploring combos. Still no rules to solo training, so feel free to make your own drills from the shapes provided in this video.