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WCI Review – Sifu Harinder Singh Sabharwal – Mr. Mook Jong – Wooden Dummy 1-3

The strong roots of Wing Chun have brought growth to a strong tree by sprouting many branches and lineages, and inspiring an infamous Hollywood martial arts star’s foundation for his system of Jeet Kune Do. Sifu Harinder Singh’s passionate inspiration of both finds its way into this instructional video offering he puts in the work to the wood through the system’s signature training device, the Mook Jong, formatted in three sections broken down into three chapters per section for a total of nine chapters covering close to three hours of footage. Square up and take position for an expansive look at his Wooden Dummy training methods.

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WCI Review – Moy Yat – Gerk Jong

Continuing with the Moy Yat series of archived videos to digital, the magnanimous Sifu posthumously bestows his knowledge from what was once a closed-door audience to an open source platform to impart his wisdom and experience. Looking more like, “a professor than a Kung Fu guy”, dressed in a suit and tie as opposed to the traditional Chinese garb in which he often appears in his seminars, the captive audience once again enjoys a thorough and extensive look at the practising of Gerk Jong. Put pen to paper as the late figurehead of East Coast Wing Chun pens his ideas to the easel.

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Wooden Dummies

Cracking and Humidity – Buick Yip Solid Log Wooden Dummies

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
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The short “to do” for maintaining a solid-body dummy: First, we recommend adding 3-4 layers of polyurethane to the new dummy (inside and out). This makes it harder for moisture to get in and out. (wax, oil, and grease, are all okay alternatives). Second, buy a hygrometer and keep the humidity levels over 45% in the room that the dummy is in and do NOT let the humidity level in that room change much. Keep the dummy out of drafts (esp from windows or heating vents) or direct sunlight and away from heaters or air conditioners (blowing air dries the wood out fast). It is ideal to keep the dummy in 50-60% humidity (i.e. normal humidity), but know that is not always possible. If you start seeing checking in your dummy you need to try to stop the moisture from leaving the dummy so quickly 1) reduce temperature if possible 2) seal the dummy and cracks the grease or oils, 2-part epoxy glue 3) raise the humidity in the room ASAP 4) get the dummy out of a draft (cover it). If left unattended the dummy will end up cracking.

[11 May 2016] – Quick note: Here is a report a customer sent us by Dian-Qing Yang and Danny Normand on the best-practices-to-avoid-hardwood-checking-part-I. It might be worth a read if you find this interesting – it covers a lot of the same info we have below from a more scientific background.
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Now for more details: