Look at the above picture. Ip Man is way cool. What do those Chinese artists have that I don't have?
Cool uniforms?...no I got them. Plus I have magician clothes.
Styles based on the animals?...no my wife says I have perfected Drunken Ass.
I know, the cool wooden dummy.
Wooden dummies are just plain neat. I have wanted one since I was 14. I got to play around on one when I was a Wing Chun student, but really I have not had the time to trance out on one.
A few years ago it occurred to me that I was never going to shell out the money to buy one. The traditional dummies do not move in a way that would be helpful to my current martial training anyways. Then a spark of inspiration hit. I have so much crap in the garage. I bet there is a training dummy in here somewhere. 3 hours later I had a pretty good workable first version. Cost - free. I worked out on it for about an hour. I gotta say it was nice getting back to some sweaty garage training. This was the way I used to train 12 years ago - just losing myself, by myself. My current art form has the nice space, the students and all that, but there is something cool about having a little space at the house you can go trance out at.
Here is a video and picture of mine. My dummy is quite versatile.
Here is a collection of photos and videos from the net of other artists dummies. You can do it!