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I've been wondering about training tools. How many of you use training tools for your regular practice. By training tools, I mean plum flower posts, sand bags, mook jong, etc. Does it increase significantly your art? What are your thoughts on that?
My sifu has Plum Flower posts for us to build our stances with. It sucks too... not those nice posts with a foot sized piece to stand on. Nope... not his. Straight post in the ground, no standing platform. Try doing a table top level horse stance on a post that's approximately 2 in by 2 in ... or Hok Ma, Diu ma, etc... or any of your horses on them. It blows, but builds good stances!
We don't use a mook yan jong, but a ching jong (Choy Lee Fut) instead. It definately increases striking surface hardness & contact sensitivity. Sand bags are on the ching jong so we don't hit wood.
Besides the benefits each tool is designed for I find an extra benefit.
Ill like to play with those toys ...I mean tools.
I often use a polearm, not as a weapon, but as a training tool. By holding the pole on one end in both hands, extending the arms to the front, a kind of resistance is generated by the moment of the pole. It is excellent for practicing shaking power the like. Also, I like to use a light shot for the same purpose.
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