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PVC or Iron vs Wood

We've had a number of questions from people asking to know the benefits of purchasing a PVC or Iron dummy vs. a traditional wooden dummy. We know that you're probably asking this, too, so here are our thoughts on PVC or Iron vs. Wood.

The primary purpose of a Wooden dummy is to teach "perfect" position relative to an opponent. The arms, leg(s), and body do this by acting as stops to keep you from over-stepping or over-shifting when you practice your techniques and form on the Jong. This encompasses the primary guiding principle in Wing Chun which is "economy of motion," i.e., doing the most in the quickest time with the least amount of energy. In the past, the old masters only had wood to work with. In modern times, we have a variety of materials in which to construct our Jongs to achieve the same results, including stainless steel legs.

Additionally, the dummy should not be enshrined or restricted in use. It was specifically invented for students to play with. There is nothing sacred or magical about wood or dummies. It is an excellent learning tool created by the old masters to facilitate the knowledge of Wing Chun students in the art. In particular, a Jong at home allows the student to practice and play without restriction, away from probing eyes.

The only difference between a well-constructed Iron dummy i.e  one with a capped Iron (or PVC) body, wooden arms, and steel or wooden leg; and a traditional wooden dummy is the weight. Those who already have experience practicing on a wooden dummy may notice that the PVC dummy gives a different "feel" than that of its wooden counterpart, but only "if" you have already had some experience working out on a traditional wooden Jong.

Adding additional weight is easy. Any type of fill will do---sand, rocks, marbles, concrete, etc.---but concrete is the heaviest fill per inch, at about 2 lbs. per linear inch, and it is easy to mix and pour.

The most obvious advantage in purchasing an Iron or PVC dummy is the reduced price. A PVC or Iron Jong costs a great deal less than a traditional wooden dummy and you still get the same benefits. 

Keep in mind that the primary function of the dummy is to help teach you Wing Chun without the necessity of having a live partner. It is in this manner that the Jong acts as a "second sifu," guiding you through the fabled "Wing Chun door."


Woodendummy Ltd is dedicated to offering high quality Wing Chun Wooden Dummys. We have the advantage of being able to pay extra special attention to every single customer. Through the workshops of our sister company in China we can cater for all the special requirements requested. Each of our Wing Chun wooden dummies are made by 3 different craftspeople who each have their own specialisation.  The body, arms and legs  are crafted from Elm trees. Elm was traditionally used as pillars in countryside houses and temples and is therefore an excellent choice when considering price & quality.


The Main characteristics of all of our NEW dummies :

The body is made out of a solid piece of wood
They all have smoothly finished arms & leg
They are available in different colours
We offer the option to carve your own name/club logo into the body.
New stock include
1 Freestanding Tripod Style Dummy
2 Freestanding Dummy and Frame
3 Reflex Half Woodendummy
4 Traditional Wall Mounted Dummy
5 Freestanding Dummy with iron base and suction cups.
And have the following specifications
Height is adjustable.
20.5 Dia. x 145cm tall

Base = 6.5cm Dia.
Tip = 3.5cm Dia.
Length = 30.5cm.
The Distance between the two top arms: 23 cm when open, 20cm when closed.

Cross section
7 cm by 7 cm (approx)
Slightly bigger at the knee. 
If you need a different model or configuration, we can offer you a custom made wooden dummy.


Only the best reclaimed old elm is used. This means that the trees were cut down a long time ago and at least 60 years old when they were cut down making this the best quality wood. This is better for the environment and also since the wood has been around for a long time It is very dry and therefore excellent for exporting. 

We choose this wood because of its special qualities. It is very strong and can withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions.  Old Elm wood is especially good for Wing Chun due to its outer softness and inner strength like steel wrapped with cotton. When the golden brown color streaks through the wood it looks like sun rays in a sunset. 

The best feature of the Dummy is the leg. It is one solid piece of Elm from the trunk to the ground. Also the leg has a bit of room in the trunk to move around. This makes it great for practicing sweeping techniques. 

Important Note on Care:
These solid body dummies should be kept in the normal humidity range, which is 50-60%. After extensive testing we have found that most dummies endure well at 40% humidity, but anything under that (esp 25-30% humidity) can cause cracking. This range is considered ideal for humans as well as dummies.
Please get a good hydrometer (they are cheap) to monitor the humidity in the area the dummy will be kept.
Prevention of cracks is your responsibility.
The dummies can be acclimatized to the arid environments, over the course of 6 months to a year, by slowly droping the humidity in the room over that time until it is 30% or lower.
Most dummies will crack when an A/C or heater is turned on and the relative humidity in a room drops 20% or more in a day.
These rapid humidity changes are to be avoided.

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MAKE US AN OFFER...... It's simple.....Send us an email outlining the price you are offering for the product you are seeking and we either accept your offer or let you know the amount we are prepared to accept. In trying to keep our current customers satisfied and satisfy our new customers. Woodendummy have devised this unbeatable solution.

If you can't afford the listed price, please feel free to make us an offer via email or phone and we will do everything we can to ensure you get the product you are after.... This offer relates to all of the items listed on our woodendummy web site, including of course the ever popular woodendummies.... It does not include postage costs, which will remain as the listed price.


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Buy yourself a copy of martial Arts Illustrated today and get your hands on the Voucher Code to save you big Dollar in this web site. This is for a very limited period... tell your friends, tell your mum, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your auntie, uncle and dog.... We are not gonna be this generous for long.....

We have another great, exciting and unavoidable offer in place - grab it now before the products run out the door to those that are wise enough to jump on board. Buy yourself a copy of the latest issue of Martial Arts Illustrated to find out more.

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Yes!! an unbelievable offer. We want to make everyone a winner. Buy one product from Woodendummy Ltd for the price of two and receive a second identical product absolutly free. Yes you heard it... ABSOLUTLY FREE!!!!!!

Dummy Mounted Kick Pad

The Dummy Mounted Kick pad is a must for all martial artists that want to practice their kicking techniques regularly even when they don't have a partner to train with.

Any serious martial artist will understand the frustration when they are desperate to practice their techniques prior to a competiton, or just to become more proficient, only to find that a partner is not on hand to train with. Well, with the help of this specially designed kick pad it is now possible to train in an empty outdoor car park or in the local park using a lamp post or tree to mount the pad (anywhere that has a post and some space around - subject to all legal requirements of course). Easily packed in your luggage to take on holiday. May the force be with you!!!

Hungary Training Camp

The tortuous week started with a relaxing weekend in Budapest. Not only was this timeoff at the wrong end of the week but it also gave us a false sense of the week ahead. We enjoyed good food, great company and the use of the most relaxing sauna/baths in budapest. Not to mention some of the finest weather we could have asked for.

Anyhow we all enjoyed the weekend, the food and the beer before venturing to the training camp on monday morning ready and willing to train hard hard hard. After unloading all our stuff we headed to the gym for our first session with Moon Dae-Sung the 2004 Olympic Champion. Moon Dae-Sung from Korea made his name after knocking out Alexandros Nikolaidis with a left leg back reverse turing kick in the 2004 Olympic finals. Understandably the first training session took us through our passes. Master Moon did not slow down the pace for one moment. Leaving only enough time for a quick drink of water in the two hour training session.

The next day we were up at 6.30 ready for early morning training which mainly involved a quick run around the village and then a long line of stretching and warming up techinques. The further into the week we flowed the less we were able to stretch at such an early time of the day. This was followed by breakfast a break for a couple of hours and then another hard session with Master Moon from 11 till 1pm. Master Moon was raring to take us through our paces again and did not allow us to rest for a second. Kicks followed by kicks and then followed by a few more kicks. The evening session from 6 to 8pm was taken by GrandMaster Lawrence who had different ideas, although this session was set aside for poomsae, one step sparing and self defence techniques it always started with a gruelling stretching and warming up session.

The rest of the week flowed with the same timetable although although other masters joined in the sharing of knowledge. With Master Piyush Khengar taking us through the WTF Poomsae and self defense techiniques to quite a high level. Introducing many new concepts within the poomsae to enable us to really show our techniques to the full.

All in all it was a great week, with fun and laughter for every level of Tae Kwon Do student which ended with an all night party and then a coach ride back to Budapest.


Woodendummy - Faster and suppler than ever before. For general enquiries and orders contact: 07776287498 or email conrad@woodendummy.co.uk

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