Benefits of a Wooden Dummy
Having problems with finding a sparring partner? Or you wake up in the middle of the night and decided to train but your class is not scheduled until tomorrow? These may only be some of the problems you have with regards to advance your training in martial arts. In reality, there may be more. The solution for that is to work with a wooden dummy, or better yet own one.
A wooden dummy has a cylindrical body with arms and a leg. Sometimes it is called a Muk Yan Jong or Mook Jong which means “wooden man post” and it is usually used in Wing Chun Kung Fu. However, its usage is not limited to this type. Another style that uses this training equipment often is Jeet Kune Do. Other forms differ depending on the style of martial arts that a practitioner studies.
There are a lot of advantages in developing your skills with the use of this equipment. Generally, it aims to improve your power, skill and precision. In fighting, it is important to develop these so that by the end of the fight, you’re the one standing while your opponent is lying on the floor. That would feel great, wouldn’t it?
If you have a mook jong to use at home, one recognizable benefit is that you can use it anytime you want. Whether you want to train in the middle of the night or during the wee hours of the morning, the dummy is available. No need to set an appointment and check if your training partner is available or not. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In addition, you could practice with this specialized martial arts equipment with the use of martial arts training videos. There is a vast availability of training videos on the web or in the market. You could do this without the help of a training master. Not only you can save money from classes, you would not need to worry about what time you need to train during the day.
Using a wooden dummy can also help you develop your striking power. In practicing, it is not enough to deliver your strikes into thin air because you cannot estimate if your strength is good enough or not. Punching a wooden object could help you strengthen not only your hitting force but also your skin and muscles as well. In an actual training, you won’t be able to punch or kick as hard with a sparring partner.
Another advantage of its usage includes your opportunity to master the techniques in guarding and opposing an attack, kicks, balance and footwork. The proper positioning of your arms and legs, including your posture can also be practiced. Since it is available to use any time of the day, you can train as long as you want. The more you practice, the faster you can develop your skills.
A wooden dummy might not be able to fight you back during your training yet it is still very helpful so that you can polish your skills. Repetition is a good way to get better at something and as the old adage goes, “Practice makes perfect”. By the end of your training, you will be able to appreciate the fruits of your labor and commend a part of this to the wooden dummy who served as your training buddy.