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Review – Randy Williams – Wing Chun Wood Dummy – 6 DVDs

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This series on the wooden dummy is presented in six volumes, which cover the following instructional material: (Volume 1: Section 1 – 2), (Volume 2: Section 3 – 7), (Volume 3: Section 8 – 9), (Volume 4: section 10 – 12 and Complete form), (Volume 5: Basic Exercises), (Volume 6: Advanced Exercise). Each section is presented with a title page providing the technical terms associated with the Wing Chun System. The usual instructional format begins with a demonstration of section applications on the wooden dummy, followed with a demonstration of applied technique are shown as various partner practice scenarios. Read Full Post

Review – Sifus Taner & Graziano – Wooden Dummy Form

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This video provides all of the basic Yip Man – Wooden Dummy form (Muk Yan Jong) demonstrating all 116 movements. Instruction begins with a discussion of the dummy’s construction, reasons are given for the differences in the dummy’s arm positions and why they are adjustable. The proper stance and position of one’s arms are shown, and how to correctly measure the distance from the dummy, so the form’s sequence and applications are executed correctly. A demonstration of the Muk Yan Jong form includes all of the basic movements and techniques from the system’s three forms. Generally, wooden dummy practice emphasizes the centerline of the Siu Nim Tau, the bridging techniques of the Chum Kiu and the advance techniques of Bi Gee, known for its importance in expressing power. Footwork and applications are demonstrated, showing how one moves properly, so that structure is maintained, while employing technique. This aspect of Wing Chun training on the dummy is essential for the development of effective technical skill and application in combat. Read Full Post

Review – Darrell Jordan – Muk Yan Jong DVD

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This training video is presented in five basic categories. Instruction starts with preparatory drills, to condition one’s arms in striking the dummy using the basic techniques while hitting the Jong arms, from there outside and inside position. These preparation drills, demonstrate the fundamental hand techniques of used in Wing Chun, such as the Tan, Bong, Gong, Quan, Huen and the Double Jut Sau. The form is broken down into ten training sections, demonstrating the various hands and kicking techniques of the Muk Yan Jong form. However, there is no demonstration showing how the various Wing Chun, hand and kicking techniques are used in applications. Sifu Jordan, demonstrates the wooden dummy form at full speed and has, two of his instructors present the form as well. Of further interest, the Muk Yan Jong shown in this video, its leg stake is bent with its end pointing downward toward the main body of the Wooden Dummy. This simulates a person standing with a natural posture versus an opponent extending a leg slightly forward. Read Full Post

Review – Keith R Kernspecht – The Myth of the Wooden Dummy

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This video presents the wooden dummy form and applications differently, than you would find in other productions of the same type. Yet the Muk Yan Jong form, shows as one would expect, a straightforward demo of the forms sequence. Each training section taught includes the familiar techniques or “Hands” of classic Wing Chun applications. The “Chi Gert” techniques demonstrated show how they’re setup for their execution. Less Wing Chun terminology is used or said describing “Hands.” This is not a video teaching the specialized terms associated with technique. However, its intent focuses on specific applications stemming from the forms sequence showing a sense of flow and control in their implementation. One will discover a difference in how techniques are demonstrated with a real display of competence in Wing Chun skill. This video goes beyond the usual lockstep approach… such as “when he does this, I will counter with this” technique. Perhaps, an interest to some, this video shows how to deal with a grappler or wrestler’s attack; an essential skill for any Wing Chun practitioner to have. There are also, appropriate impromptu or “free hand” fighting situations demonstrated by Grand master Kernspecht and his students. Read Full Post

Review – Benny Meng – Wing Chun Wooden Dummy Vol 2

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This production is the second volume, in the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy series, presented by Master Benny Meng. Master Meng, continues with his presentation of the the Muk Yan Jong forms final sequences, showing how each basic technique is used. Wing Chum technique depends on establishing the proper angles in executing technique, expressing ones energy at the proper time, and taking into account, one’s personal attributes in training. Understanding, these three basic principles from the beginning, allows for technique to emerge and flow naturally with practice. Master Meng, demonstrates each section of the form, while explaining the reasoning behind each technique through applications, which depend on the fundamentals of the Siu Nim Tau, center line, and moving properly while combining techniques of the second form, Chum Kiu and the explosive energy of the third form, Bi Gee. The Muk Yan Jong form, is also practiced as an empty hand set, called the Da Hung Jong. This aids one’s practice, in the execution of applications on the wooden dummy, while promoting further accuracy in technique and skilled development in Wing Chun. Read Full Post

Review – Benny Meng – Wing Chun Wooden Dummy Vol 1

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The video’s instruction gives a brief description of the dummy’s, origin, essentially from the southern Shaolin Schools (dei Jong). The construction of the Much Yan Jong, differ because of the environment where the Wooden Dummy is used, such as in Hong Kong. The dimensions are given for the dummy and the basic techniques used for inside and outside applications. The term Jong Sau, is used to represent structure. The concept of Structure, is strongly emphasized in applying technique while training on the dummy and in actual combat. One does not necessary need to worry about, the sequence of the Muk Yan Jong form, they can also differ according to the student’s needs. In volume one of this two part series on the Wooden Dummy, emphasis is placed on sections one through four. And on the three basic concepts in developing skilled technique. That is one must develop the proper angles, expressing the proper energy and understanding one’s personal attributes in training. This three leading principles provide the basis for the proper execution of Wing Chun applications. Read Full Post