In the course of my training I have had very little opportunity to study the Chinese Martial Arts. I did for a brief period of time have the opportunity to learn a “little” Wing Chun. (just enough to be inefficient at it 😉 ) However, through time particularly with the Filipino Martial Arts and in the Japanese system of Budo Taijutsu I developed the trapping, locking and joint manipulation that you see in IRT. Lately due to moving and a reduced amount of teaching time I personally needed a training partner that would not complain and would allow for trapping hands work. Enter the Wooden Dummy. Specifically an Ulti-Mate Freestanding Quick Removable Dummy with Mantis/Lop Sao arms.
I went with this version because the Lop Sao arms allow you to grab them easier and while the wood is completely in one piece it actually is very easy to move it from my indoor Training Hall to my outdoor Training Hall at home.
Here is the Ulti-Mate website link: Ulti-Mate-Wooden-Dummies
Since I have had this for a bit now it has received some great beating and managed to keep pace with those beatings! Trapping hand technique training is a joy as is lower leg locking technique. The wood really bites back when you are slamming your shin into the bottom leg. Great for all IRT practitioners! The workmanship is fantastic. Truly a well done Wooden Dummy!
I believe in the end in variety of training and this fits a need that any serious martial practitioner could benefit from. It is not a replacement for training with a live partner or a heavy bag but instead some thing to be used in conjunction with them!
Look for some wild videos soon featuring this training tool!
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Brian R. VanCise
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