Muk Yan Chong

The final empty hand form, called the Muk Yan Chong form, can be found at the beginning of the fourth degree technician training programme. MUK YAN CHONG translates as « the wooden dummy ». However, the word « dummy » refers to a training apparatus in its own right. The wooden dummy form is composed of eight series of different movements.
The first two series of movements are identical, the only difference being that they are each executed on an opposite side of the wooden dummy. In the Wing Tsun Kung Fu system, as opposed to what is often mistakenly assumed, the wooden dummy is not used to toughen the limbs (arms and legs) but to « correct » the positions and ways of executing the various techniques.Regular training on the wooden dummy results in a more aggressive and markedly « firmer » execution of each technique.
Once again, it is the execution method of the techniques that will cause a markedly « more intense » feeling of pain in the opponent.
Conversely, if the student feels any pain during training in a wooden dummy technique, it would be « irrefutable evidence » of the incorrect execution of that technique.
In theory, the training programme in the wooden dummy technique/method does not really call upon new techniques, because the wooden dummy combines the following three forms: Siu Nim Tau, Cham Kiu and Piu Zhi. Because this technique/method is completed by three Chi Geuk sections (tactile training on the legs), as is the tripodal dummy form (Saam Sing Chong). That being the case, it would seem logical for the wooden dummy technique to round off the empty hand techniques.
Once again, the wooden dummy form is similar to the « plum tree blossom » form of movements and provides an ideal training tool for practising the close combat kicks specific to Wing Tsun Kung Fu.

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