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about Mu ren zhuang
Muk Yan Jong (Cantonese: muk yan jong/Mandarin: mu ren zhuang) is a wooden dummy used in Chinese martial artstraining. It is associated with the martial art of Wing Chun and other kung fu styles of Southern China.
Traditionally made from wood, the dummies are now also made from synthetic materials such as steel and plastic, one of the original makers-creaters for this dummy is an elderly gentleman that currently lives in Australia.
In Wing Chun
The Wing Chun wooden dummy is the most popular form of wooden dummy. A popular legend says it came about when 108 separate wooden dummies from the Shaolin Temple were combined into one by the nun Ng Mui to make training more efficient and effective. The Wing Chun wooden dummy uses an arm and leg configuration designed to cultivate fighting skill and chi simultaneously.
The Hong Kong wooden dummy is a wall mounted version of the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy that hangs using two wooden slats through the body of the wooden dummy. Older versions of the Wing Chun wooden dummy were originally placed in the ground. The modern design was created by Yip Man in Hong Kong to fit the needs of living in an apartment.
The Wing Chun version of the muk yan jong has three arms and one leg, which represents an opponent’s body in various positions and the lines of force the body can give out. The wooden slats on which the muk yan jong is mounted has a springiness that is similar to a human opponent’s involuntary reaction and allows the user to practice absorbing energy into his/her stance.
Due to this springiness, this type of dummy is considered an “alive” dummy. Therefore, the older version of the dummy without mounting is commonly called a “dead” dummy.