Wing Chun Bamboo Dummy
came to learn of the Wing Chun Bamboo from my Master Yui Kil in
1987. It was during my visit in Foshan, China that I discovered
many of the Yip Man generation or older, practised very different
versions of Wing Chun.
Wing Chun wooden dummy is widely known, and it is a derivative
of the Shaolin Wu Shu (Kung Fu). However, little is known of the
Wing Chun Bamboo Dummy. Unfortunately, I am not a martial art
historian per say, so I will not put a date or it's exact origin.
But the bamboo dummy principles blends well with Grandmaster Yui
Kil's hand-to-hand combat.
Bamboo dummy is a very simple apparatus with 3-4 bamboo arms inserted
into the wall or a boxed bracket. When blocks are applied, there
is a very high degree of plyometric muscoskeletal contraction,
thus, elastic speed-power is enhanced. The fundamental theory
of Bamboo dummy techniques is the opposite to that of the conventional
the Bamboo Dummy, the blocks dominate the position of the arms,
whereas the wooden dummy, the dummy's arms dominate the position.
I find that using both is extremely beneficial since the two types
of dummies enhance different combative qualities.
qualities such strength, speed, and positions (biomechanical trajectory
and joint angles) are certainly predominant. Although the dummies
are very traditional apparatus, the individual must not rely solely
on traditional set pattern of movements (forms), instead, training
drills or models must be based on tactical approach.
it can be used in the similar imaginative approach as when you
are training with a real person. Set patterns are great way of
building a foundation, but it is paramount to build different
repertoires. The Bamboo Dummy's arms will yield and spring back
to its original position, thus, making you aware of counterattack
or a reaction or a combination of movements of the dummy.
personally use the same method of training for the swords and
the pole. It feels like the target is alive and moving, and I
know that accuracy and timing has improved a great deal.
this subject has been frequently asked by many of my students,
so I took sometime to write this brief insight. Next discussion
may be on .....wait and see!!