One issue that many Wing Chun people struggle with is “how to punch harder.” The truth is there is NO magic bullet or special technique that will allow you to suddenly punch harder and faster. It takes a lot of time, energy and practice. In this post we decided to talk about 7 training tools used to increase punching power that we think you should be aware of.
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We now have a few more dummies in stock that are to the specifications of Wong Shun Leung, Duncan Leung, Ip Ching and Ip Man. Duncan Leung and WSL are commonly considered to be the best fighters to ever come from Ip Man. Read Full Post
Although still unfinished, this article is being posted because we felt is still contains very useful information. This article is still considered a draft, but hopefully you can get some good info from it until we have time to boil it down and finish. – EWC
Buick Yip has been making solid log dummies since about 2002 or so. We’ve sold his dummies on Everything Wing Chun since 2005. Buick’s dummies were relatively unknown to the larger Wing Chun community at that time – but thanks to the work of Everything Wing Chun and Buick’s commitment to quality, his dummies have now become some of the most famous in the world.
This post will attempt to cover some basic information on solid body dummies, like Buick’s, and give you our thoughts on the correct humidity levels to keep a dummy and any WHY we think the way we do.
There has always been some misunderstandings about solid log dummies on the part of customers, who expect the wood to act like a cheaper laminate dummy. The laminate dummies are made from glued boards that are usually kiln dried and from the outside rings of a tree. A tree, however, has 2 types of cells – the ones on the outside that hold the tree up, and the ones in the center that pass nutrients up. Solid log, or “solid body”, means that the trunk of the dummy is made from a solid log – it is one piece from the core of a tree… So it has both type cells – and they act differently in different circumstances.
Solid body dummies are really the most beautiful and most traditional kind of dummy you can own. But just like a high-end katana that one must keep oiled (as opposed to your common butter knife), high-end dummies require more care, not less. The risk with these solid dummies is that whenever they change climates or humidity there is the chance of the dummy body cracking. If you are going to drop $1500-$3000 on a Buick dummy, you need to know how any why this happens and be prepared for it – or else you can’t prevent it.
In Part 1 I will attempt to give you an overview of why solid logs crack (it’s called “Checking” in the industry). In Part 2 I will detail some of my own semi-scientific testing on about $10,000 worth of Buick’s dummies. In Part 3 I will tell you what I think the ideal humidity levels for Buick’s dummies are and why. Read Full Post
This is a 3 DVD set. Each DVD in the set is reviewed in detail here.
What Disk 1 is About:
Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates the three forms applications of Wing Chun Gung Fu, as it was taught to him my Grandmaster Ip Man.
Comments on Disk 1:
As mentioned this DVD provides instructional material of Wing Chun’s three forms, Sil Nim Tao, Chum Kiu and Bil Gee, as what is now often referred to as the “Hong Kong” system as taught by Grandmaster Ip Man. If you have followed my reviews on the various US and Foreign Masters on Wing Chun, you will notice I have said there are differences in how these forms of the Wing Chun System are expressed. Looking at it strictly from the system represented by Hong Kong, you will notice that some of what Master Sifu Chong does is very close to some of the hands expressed in Sil Nim Tao, as taught by William Cheung. Read Full Post
What it’s about:
Master Sifu Eddie Chong demonstrates and provides a detailed breakdown of Wing Chun Kung Fu’s training using the Muk Yan Jong or Wooden Dummy.
The movements used in the Muk Yan Jong, or wooden dummy set might very from Sifu to Sifu and certainly from the three schools or families of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Some employ a traditional opening in the set and others do not, the sequence of techniques can change, while others might omit a particular type of technique all together. In the “Faht Shan” Wing Chun Kung-fu wooden dummy set, practitioners are taught the Dim Muk or death touch fingers, while other schools exclude this method. It is indeed a matter of choice. Read Full Post
The dictionary defines the word “definitive” as “…most reliable or complete, as of a text, author, criticism, study,” and also, “…having its fixed and final form; providing a solution or final answer; satisfying all criteria.” And this is exactly what this DVD is. It is the most comprehensive and informative DVD I have watched in my time writing for WCI. David Peterson has been training in the Chinese martial arts since 1973. He became a student of Wong Shun Leung after travelling to Hong Kong in 1983. It is David’s sole aim to pass on the skills, knowledge and understanding of Wing Chun exactly as Sifu taught them to him. Read Full Post
This is a Customer Testimonial for leather our Mook Jong pad. We have a number of them, but Brad was kind enough to provide pictures! We like the home-made dummy setup – very cool, Brad – and thanks for the kind words!:
“As soon as I received my leather Mook Jong pad, I was eager to test it out so I could finally give my wooden dummy some decent strikes without having to worry about hurting myself. I wrapped it around the dummy and strapped it on and it was a perfect fit! (my dummy is 9 inch in diameter) I tested it out with various strikes, and found it to be very Read Full Post