How to Build a Free-Standing
Wing Chun Wooden Dummy

You've been studying Wing Chun for a while now. You're always practicing your forms, standing in your Yee Gee Kim Yeung Man stance whenever you can, showing the moves to family and friends and people you meet in line at the grocery store. In your mind, there is nothing cooler than Wing Chun.

Then one night at class, your Sifu springs a surprise on you that sends the coolness factor into the stratosphere.

He introduces you to the wooden dummy, and your whole world changes. He starts to teach you the form. After a while, he also shows you different drills and ways to freestyle on this magnificent piece of equipment.

However, there is one downside: the only time you can practice on the dummy is when you are at class. You realize you could practice the form in the air, but what fun would that be? And what about all those drills...and freestyling?

You bring your concerns to your Sifu, and he tells you there are companies online that make and sell wooden dummies. You rush to the nearest computer to look them up, and your heart sinks when you see the prices.

These things cost between $800 and $1000, and of course that doesn't include shipping!!!

Then there is the issue of size. Most wooden dummies are mounted on MASSIVE frames. There are even some models where the frame has to be bolted to the wall.

Do you think this model would be good for your living situation, when you live in an apartment that makes a prison cell look spacious?

Then there's the beast that has to be bolted to the wall. Fat chance there! You have a landlord who threw a fit when all you did was put a flower pot in your window!

Then you get a brilliant idea: "Why not look up how to build a wooden dummy yourself???"

After all, it's a good bet that most of the cost goes toward the labor. Eliminate that, and you eliminate most of the expense!

Once again you scour the internet, trying to find, books, websites, or videos that will show you how to do this. You discover a HUGE money-saving tip when one of these resources recommends using PVC for the body instead of wood.

However, there is no further relief for you.

And why is that?

It's because NONE of these resources describe how to build a wooden dummy WITHOUT THAT MASSIVE FRAME!!!

Another brilliant thought comes: "Do a Google search for how to build a free-standing wooden dummy"

Seems like a good idea, right? Well, unfortunately, the only results you get are links to sites that sell them, so now you're back to the issue of affordability. 

For the heck of it, you decide to check out a few of these sites. They all have a "Contact Us" button, and for a moment you consider reaching out to them to ask how they weigh down the dummy. However, you dismiss that idea as quickly as it enters your mind.

Think about it this way: if you were one of these companies, and someone asked you how you kept your free-standing dummies from flying off the ground when someone hits them, would you answer their question?

OF COURSE NOT!!!

And why would you withhold this information?

Because you know that not only does knowledge equal POWER, but it also equals SALES. If you told someone how you weigh down your dummies, then they wouldn't buy from you...they'd build one for themselves!

So, to restate all our problems...

  • Wooden dummies from martial arts supply companies cost too much.
  • They are too massive for your living space.
  • There seem to be no resources out there that teach you how to build a wooden dummy WITHOUT said frame.
  • Even if you just went ahead and built a free-standing dummy, you would have no idea how to weight it down, and...
  • NO company that sells them would ever tell you how they accomplish this feat, or else they'd be cheating themselves out of a sale.

Now you must ask yourself: "What can I do to solve ALL these problems?"

Well, there is one thing that will take them all out in one fell swoop.

You can buy this book.

Now, why should you purchase this guide?

One simple reason: because Steve Grogan knows what you're going through!

As someone who has been practicing Wing Chun for over 20 years, Steve knows what it's like to want to have a wooden dummy at home. There were several times when he tried saving up to buy one. He would get close, but then some unforeseen circumstance(s) would crop up, and his wooden dummy fund would get drained.

Then he started to search the internet for resources that would help him build his own. Although he did find a lot of good information, there was nothing out there that showed how to build a dummy without the frame.

After a while, Steve decided to just go ahead and build a free-standing model. He went through several ideas on how to weigh it down, but nothing seemed to work well enough.

So back to the drawing board (and the internet) he went: scrolling through countless pages of Google searches, watching YouTube videos, and asking questions on discussion boards and in Facebook groups. Possible solutions started to take shape. With the help of a friend, he tested these ideas out until he got it right.

Steve originally bought the limbs for his wooden dummy in the summer of 2011.

He finished building a fully-functional free-standing model in the summer of 2019.

For those of you who are bad at math, that's 8 years.

Yes, that is nearly a decade of trial and error, of having a great idea in theory be made obsolete by reality. Those 8 years resulted in a lot of wasted time, effort, and wood, as well as turning one piece of PVC in a plastic, 5-foot tall piece of Swiss cheese.

Steve knew how frustrating this journey was...because he lived it. He couldn't stand the thought of letting another Wing Chun practitioner go through that.

How to Build a Free-Standing Wing Chun Wooden Dummy comes to you courtesy of Steve's conscience!

Steve has stripped away all the mistakes he made over the years, condensing all the victories and brilliant epiphanies into one easy-to-digest package. You won't have to worry about all those mutilated pieces of wood that you can't use for anything else. Not if you follow this step-by-step guide.

In this book, you will find:

  • A list of all the supplies you need, along with pictures
  • Suggestions for where you can get some of the harder-to-find items
  • How to assemble your base, and how to attach your wooden dummy to it
  • A procedure for making sure you cut the holes for the limbs in the proper location on the first try (so your dummy doesn't get the "Swiss cheese" look), and...
  • Several ideas for how to weigh it down!

To sum it up: buying this book means the dream of having a wooden dummy to practice on at home will become a reality in no time, and all you have to do is click the "Add to Cart" button!!!