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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 – 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