Hello fellow martial artists and Wing Chun practitioners.
After posting how to make a wooden dummy on our Facebook page, many practitioners mentioned they made their own wooden dummy.
I know making a wooden dummy is challenging and everyone is proud of their work. Every handmade dummy is not just a Wing Chun or martial arts training tool but a piece of Kung Fu art. Fitting considering the litteral translation of Kung fu is not fighting or martial arts, the litteral translation reflects “Skill achieved through hard work.”
So I thought it would be cool to have a page where everyone can share photos and stories of their dummy and experience making their Mook Jong.
I know some people have made some let’s say less than traditional dummies. I don’t care it will be fun to see everyones Wing Chun Mook Jong or JKD Dummy whether it was perfect or a project, let’s see what you got.
All these were made in the early 90’s
Attempt one let’s call it the protype. This one was very functional but not much of a looker. The goal on this one was to try to get the arms and the leg measurements right, test getting through the log and making sure the angles were accurate. As we have few wooden dummies in our school, I don’t have a mounted picture. Currently it works as our schools Mook jong, that a student can borrow when in need.
This one below was the second attempt, and the one I still use, and many of my students use daily! Check out the leg. The knee looks like a real knee cap…. I saw this in the woods next to the Kung Fu school in Florida. I knew it would not be easy to get although I had to have it as the limb was a perfect mook jong leg. Since the leg takes a lot of stops over the years I inserted a steel pipe in the leg, few inches above and below where you see the leg sticking out of the front of the dummy. I love this Mook Jong it is more than a piece of training equipment it is part of our schools family.
Below is a great portable dummy my Kung fu brother and I made way back when, since they have been duplicated by many and rightfully so they are great for small spaces. I always will credit my Kung Fu brother Marc for this design as he really was the first to put it together like this.
Send in your photos and story to firstname.lastname@example.org (please don’t send images larger than 800 pixels wide)
Stay tuned for more… CHECK OUT MY WOODEN DUMMY!