I wanted to use it to work on form, not power. I had dabbled a little bit with Ip Man’s Wooden Dummy form, but never learned the whole thing. I finally decided to drill the individual sections and have it complete by the end of the year. At this point I’m thru 4 of 7 “sections”.
Some may ask, why bother with a wooden dummy form?
As Samuel Kwok states: “The Jong’s purpose is to reinforce correct structures and angles, to foster the development of flow and to allow the correct, full expression of Fa Jing (last moment energy) which we can never use on a live training partner without the risk of seriously injuring them.” I find that without always
having a live training partner, it’s a useful way to practice pak sao, tan sao, bong sao, lop sao etc. and flow between the techniques. It’s also an interesting way to explore insights into the application of various hand positions, traps and guards from some of the traditional Okinawan katas.
If you’re looking for resources, there are a couple of videos of Ip Man on YouTube doing the form. Some of them are of decent quality. The best book I’ve seen is “Traditional
Wooden Dummy” by Samuel Kwok& Tony Massengill. If you can afford to drop $500 - $1,000 on a true Wooden dummy, and have a place to put it, good for you, go for it. If not, there are plenty of plans out there to make one out of PVC, whether it’s 1.5” or up to 8”pipe. In an afternoon with $20 in pipe, a hacksaw and some PVC cement, you can
rig something and be ready to play in no time. Have fun!