I finally got around to re-mounting my homemade mook jong. Above is a photo I snapped with my trusty iPhone. Someday I hope to be able to mount it to a concrete wall. Mounted to a wall made of wood and drywall means that I cannot punch or kick with extreme prejudice. In turn, this means that I often stop the form and walk over to my freestanding bag so I can “feel” the strike.
The college has a construction program so one option I’ve considered is to have the students build me a real wooden dummy. Typically such arrangements mean that the program will just charge for the materials. The other option is to just order a bag attachment. We shall see…
Bastardized Dummy Form:
I forgot most of it, however, it’s coming back slowly. I am glad that I have notes and grainy video of teacher demonstrating the form or I’d be done. Right now I’ve resurrected the first quarter of 100 or so moves. My plan is to practice and refine the first quarter and then move on to the next quarter.
The dummy is great for maintenance and refinement of techniques. Also, frequently I’ll step out of the form and freestyle techniques from taekwondo, boxing, or some other art. The only thing missing is a partner to practice some of the two-person form drills with.
Freestyling on the dummy:
Just head over to YouTube and search for “freestyle mook jong” or “freestyle wooden dummy.” Doing so will result in dozens of videos demonstrating Wing Chun and other martial arts styles thinking outside of the box.
Here are two of my favorites:
This one moves fast, however, it’s mostly an adaptation of classical Wing Chun with some extras.
Now the chicken coop wooden dummy may get some purists in a bind. However, it cracks me up and I do like it. I’m guessing with references to cat stance and crane stance that this guy is from karate or kung fu. Regardless, he’s come up with a unique way to practice alone and for that I salute him!