There are many different reasons why you would use a Wing Chun Muk Jong. For starters, we all could use a little more practice in our martial arts training. It can be hard to come by training partners. When it comes to training Ving Tsun a wooden dummy can be your training partner when no warm-blooded animals are available.
1. Wing Chun Muk Jong Helps With Your Structure
Because this particular art was designed for a smaller weaker person using a wing chun practitioner’s structure is critical to the success of the technique.
There is a specific form consisting of 108 wing chun wooden dummy techniques that help develop the essential techniques a person needs to competently pull off many of the techniques they learn from Sil Lum Tao through Bil Gee.
Because the muk yan jong has 3 fixed arms and 1 fixed leg simply practicing on it will help with your muscle memory. Another structural benefit of training on a wooden dummy is that you are able to develop your close-quarter footwork.
What Does Wing Chun Do to Your Body?
The physical training in Wing Chun is designed to strengthen and condition the entire body. Exercises develop strength in different parts of the body, including the arms, legs, core, and back. For example, stance and footwork drills work the legs and upper body. While it may not feel like lifting weights, your body will feel very tired at the end of your training.
Another benefit of the Wing Chun muk jong is that it increases your blood flow. It also improves your mental health. It removes stress and helps you focus your energy on blocking and landing a strike. In a way, it’s like a form of meditation. It can be a great way to get fit.
The training of Wing Chun is internal, which means that it focuses on areas where most other martial arts don’t train. This is because traditional martial arts are generally thought to be good in theory, but can fall apart when they are practiced. However, the training in Wing Chun is not only effective, it’s safe.
Wing Chun training also helps students improve their focus and ability to handle chaos. In addition to improving focus, Wing Chun helps adults sharpen their life skills and focus. It teaches students to become more confident and calm, enabling them to handle any situation.
Additionally, students learn to control their body language, which is the number one way we communicate. The more control you have over your movements, the better off you are in most situations.
2. Using The Dummy Helps With Bone Conditioning
One of the more overlooked aspects of martial arts training is bone conditioning. I know from first-hand experience that someone who has conditioned their bones can take handle strikes to the body better than someone who doesn’t condition.
By continually striking at the wing chun muk jong your bones begin to toughen up. It’s not recommended to hit it to hard. You are most likely going to bruise. A good rule of thumb is to allow time for your limbs to heal before bone conditioning again.
Bone Conditioning Tips
There are several things you can do to improve your bone density. One of the most important tips is to start doing exercise that causes your body to use muscle and bone tissue to increase your bone density. This is a process called resistance training. It involves exercising against a force, like gravity, to change the structure of bones.
Exercise helps build bone mass and is a great way to stimulate anabolic hormones. Doing compound movements, such as lifting heavy weights, can help strengthen bones and stimulate the production of anabolic hormones. High-impact weight-bearing exercises, such as kickboxing and muay thai, can also help you build bones. Another good exercise for your bones is rolling on metal tubes.
In addition to strengthening bones, a good workout also helps the body to build stronger muscles. The human body has an incredible ability to heal itself. It can break down tendons and muscles and rebuild them.
The theory behind bone remodeling was developed by German Anatomist/Surgeon Julius Wolff, who explained that a healthy bone will adapt to the loads it is put under. For centuries, Kung Fu practitioners have been aware of the benefits of strengthening bones. Only recently has modern science begun to study this ancient practice.
3. Develop Your Wing Chun Techniques
Perhaps the strongest argument for buying a wing chun muk jong is practicing your techniques. You can work on your paks, tans, bongs, fuks, huens and everything in between. The ability to repetitively practice these techniques will ingrain the motions into your brain so that when you need to use them in a real-world situation you will easily be able to recall the skill.
This is especially important because when the adrenaline starts flowing your motor skills have a tendency to slow down. Through consistent practice, you will be able to increase your speed while under pressure.
I actually bought a wing chun muk jong after about a year of training. I didn’t actually learn the Dummy form until after I learned the Chum Kiu form which was about 5 years into my training. I did however use the Wooden Dummy to condition my limbs as well as work on my basic techniques. I felt that it was a great training aid. While it was pretty pricey to buy a wall-mounted jong it was worth every penny. I still hit mine regularly some 27+ years later.