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Adapted Wing Chun Training Dummy

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create custom adapted martial arts training dummy for an individual with cerebral palsy. A young man with cerebral palsy has an affinity for martial arts, learning all about Taekwondo from a young age but the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun really captured his imagination. Wing Chun is a form of self-defense and promotes awareness of the body. Students are encouraged to practice with a wooden training dummy to improve their form. As a result of his cerebral palsy the young man had limited use of his legs and used a walking frame for support to stand and a wheelchair for mobility. He needed a training dummy which could be accessed from both his wheelchair and standing frame. It also needed to fit into a corner of his bedroom. TAD volunteer Owen Glover began with making models of the dummy with straws and PVC to see how it could work. The volunteer originally thought of making the main body of the dummy from wood but as it was too expensive so he used a PVC pipe cut in half. The arms of the dummy had to be able to move up and down depending on whether the young man was using his walking frame or wheelchair. To allow for this, the volunteer added a counterweight and used a Teflon track to decrease the friction and make it easier to slide. The young man's mother was also involved in the creative process as she made punching pads from leather and foam. The dummy was easy to transport and dismantle so it was not in a fixed location. TITLE: Martial Arts Training Dummy. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 32, Number 3, December 2012: p. 9-10. PAGES: 3 with cover.


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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.

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