Step 10: Use and Care

As a reminder, this project assumes the builder has already been trained in how to use a wooden dummy, or at least the proper ways to block and punch to avoid injury in training. The user assumes all responsibility when using and training on this device. With all that said, see below for tips on its use:

1. As you are inserting the wooden arms, wrap a rubber band around them on the part that is between the 1'x2' board and the 6' board. This will provide friction to prevent the arms from sliding out during use.

2. The base board is just the right width to lay several cinder blocks on to prevent  the wooden dummy from moving too much during use. I would lay a towel or piece of rubber matting down first to protect the wood. If you will notice in the video, I have a couple bags of concrete mix weighting it down.

3. The safety of any device is dependent on it being in good condition. If a part starts to get worn or cracked, replace it immediately. However, the way this wooden dummy is built, you should not have to worry about that for a long time.

Be sure to watch the youtube video linked in the introduction for a few drills that work well on this wooden dummy. And as I mention before, if you have any ideas for improvements, do not be shy about posting!

Thanks again, and see you next Instructable!
<p>Outstanding sir, wonderful training aid. I have started to write down notes on now to create this for my own martial art, Parker Kenpo. Thanks so much for sharing.</p>
<p>please send me a detail immage </p>
Thank you for the idea and parts list....made my job a lot easier. I made some modifications and made it collapsible with wheels for moving around. I also modified it for taekwondo block strike combination speed training....my son and i are going to love this....my wife on the other hand...jury is still out!
<p>thank you so much for being so detailed with your instructions as well as providing pictures as well as tools, cost and where everything was bought. You eliminated second guessing!</p>
Outstanding Instructable! Enjoyed the video. The parts list and steps were straightforward and clear. The arms seem a little narrow in diameter, however, especially compared to a traditional wing chun dummy. How are they holding up to the beating you're giving them? Thanks for sharing this with us!
This is a well written list.
Love this wooden dummy, I have always wanted to build one myself but never got to it.. I used to take Isshinyru Karate too as a youth, 4 yrs... I loved it, its a good style, straight and to the point...
That's amazing! My class could use one of these!
Great work!
Love the video! Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

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