Examination by Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 Part 6

photo Grandmaster Ip Man

Grandmaster Ip Man

All the students who demonstrated section 1 and section 2 of the Muhk Yàhn Jōng 木人樁(Wooden Dummy) came over to Grandmaster Ip Chun. The Wooden Dummy form actually has 8 sections and so in one week the students had learnt just the first two. The complete traditional Wooden Dummy training consists of three stages. The first stage is learning the Eight Sections of the Wooden Dummy – Wàahn Jōng 玩樁.  The second stage is Polishing the Wooden Dummy – Mòh Jōng 磨樁. This training selects the most important parts of each section, adds some extra movements for various situations and then repeats them so that the student becomes very good at it. The last part of training is Hitting the Wooden Dummy – Dá Jōng 打樁. Hitting does not mean actually striking dummy hard, instead we use all the techniques we have learnt from the first two training methods in a random way. When doing this we might discover some new techniques, but these techniques must still be Wing Chun techniques and not mixed with other styles.

Grandmaster Ip Chun 葉準 said to the students, “Some of you did not stick to the Dummy enough and even lost contact. When you are doing the movements you should be close to the Dummy and do not pull your hands too far away from it. Wing Chun contacts the opponent’s hands or body to use their energy in the right way to defeat them, so we must be close to the Wooden Dummy when we practise.”