ABOUT THE WING CHUN WOODEN DUMMY
According to Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) legend, the Ving Tsun Mook Yun Jong (木人樁) or Wooden Dummy was based on the legendary 108 Wooden Men in the Shaolin Temple. Each of one of the 108 Wooden Men taught a specific technique. After the destruction of the temple by the Manchus, Nun Ng Mui created a single Mook Yun Jong (Wooden Dummy) in memory of 108 Wooden Men at the Shaolin Temple. The wooden dummy we have today was based on specifications set by Yip Man.
The wooden dummy is a critical part of the Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) system. So much so, that it can be considered the ‘symbol’ most closely associated with Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The ‘Mook Jong’ is the incorporation of the three empty hand forms (Sil Nim Tao, Chum Kiu & Bil Tze) along with introducing techniques found only in the Dummy Set.
Many of the Ving Tsun families believe that the Wooden Dummy is for conditioning the arms, and as such they turn the Mook Yun Jong into a striking tool. In the Moy Yat – Nelson Chan line, we believe that ‘the Jong’ is not meant for toughening the arms, but that conditioning of the arms is just a byproduct of training. At the Canadian Wing Chun (Ving Tsun) Fellowship we teach the that though the use of the Wooden Dummy a student will learn:
- Proper Footwork
- Proper angles
- Proper power focus
- Proper alignments & structure
- Proper facing
- Technique Flowing
Check out Master Chan’s Wooden Dummy Performance done for ORBIS Canada!