The history of the wooden pupppet

"Fababa is the most ideal practice partner, because it always gets it, never tired and never hurt."

(Wing Chun "saying")

According to the legend, the Shaolin (Siu Lam) monastery had a corridor, tunnel in which 108 wooden dummy was set up. The hands and feet of these pieces were also movable, with the help of a rope and a spiral system. The monks who had left the church had to go through this "wooden dummy alley", proving their fighting abilities and knowledge. However, with the destruction of the monastery, this room was also gone. Whether this is true or not, it is no longer possible to know which is certain that the original Wing Chun Fababa was dug into the ground (Dei Jong). This kind of puppet barely moved, so it was also called "Dead Baby". Such excavated wooden furniture can still be seen in Fatshan today.

      When Yip Man fled to Hong Kong in 1949 and started to teach Wing Chun in the multi-storey buildings of the metropolis, it was not possible to dig the wood, thus forming a wooden tripod attached to the wall, which was fixed with flexible cross-brackets for the puppet's body. This is how the "flexible wooden abate" is known and used nowadays.