Bob XL, what can I say? Scared the living daylights out of my wife when she came face to face with him for the first time on the day he was delivered! Ok, he was by the living room door and wearing my jacket! :-) Seriously though: first saw him at my child's Dojo and determined to get one for my own Xing Yi practice. Very excellent choice: feels right; helps deliver blows more accurately; brilliant for all-round workout; love the fact that he can be made much taller - important when you're a little squirt like me and need to practice those upward moves. Worth every penny.