Almost all martial artist or fighter is familiar with a heavy bag (sometimes also called pear). Even people who are not martial artists and boxers still know what heavy bags, they either saw them on TV, in gyms, or hanging from a beam in someone’s garage or basement.
But there are less widely known trainer, who is not even many martial artists know: wing Chun wooden dummy. The wooden dummy is a wooden pole that is between 8.5 and 9.5″ in diameter, and the next three 12″ gun from him, and one wooden leg out of the bottom. Mannequin arms and legs to simulate the attacker’s hands or feet and allow the wing Chun student to practice his techniques against them, with force, without hurting another student.
Since they both are used for the development of martial arts techniques and strength, let’s take a quick look at some similarities and differences:
Power Development both pieces of equipment will allow the student to begin to develop more power over time. When a beginner punches a heavy bag, the wrists can bend because they are not used to the force of the blow. A similar thing can happen the first time someone punches the body of the mannequin. But for months, the student will gradually be able to increase the amount of energy it uses, and his strikes will become more effective.
Hardness – heavy bags tight, but usually relatively mild. This softness helps absorb some of the effects of the strike. In fact, a very strong shock often causes a heavy bag to fold on itself for a moment as the hand of the master of martial arts or legs seem to be going in bag. Wooden mannequins are hard. They are made of wood. There is no “give”.While this is good for hands and feet, which imitate and attackers with hands and feet (which is hard), punching the body is slightly less realistic than a heavy bag because there is no softness. In fact, you may injure your hand by punching the body of the wooden dummy too hard before you’re ready. To counter this, some people wrap a soft cloth around the body to provide a “filling”.This allows more blows should be delivered with less risk of injury in martial arts.
Blocking Techniques – a heavy bag is not very useful when it comes to blocking, once you can really do is to strike him. A wooden dummy, on the other hand, has arms and legs that can be used in the practice of blocking. Many wing Chun techniques involve simultaneous blocking and striking, and they can be trained on the wooden dummy; one hand blocks against one of the arms of the dummy and on the other hand delivers the punch of his body. This simulates the situation with a real enemy, where there’s going to be real physical feedback when you block their attack, and thus provides a more realistic training scenario.
So it does not mean that one is better than the other, just they have some similarities and differences, and the two heavy bags and wooden dummies can be used to enhance training in martial artist.