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One of the many training methods used in Karate is the Makiwara. (pronounced. Mah-key-wah-ra)

This apparatus which loosely translates as “Striking Post”, is often misunderstood by novice students as a method for toughening the fists and creating callus. This jordan retro 11 couldn’t be further from the truth, although it does assist in strengthening the formation of the fist and wrist positioning, as well as strengthening the bones in the hands and feet.

The main purpose of the Makiwara is to develop striking focus and to perfect the timing of the strike. And like all training best methods, only comes with continuous practice. The dimensions of the Makiwara are illustrated below, with the height above ground allowing for the hitting area to be positioned at the height of your solar plexus (Suigetsu). It is best to use a leather cover with “beach thong” rubber underneath, and protect custom jerseys it from the weather with a bucket.

The material should be hardwood, like a Kwila in Australia. Not Pine or softwoods.

Itosu Sensei advised that Makiwara training was critical for the development of serious Karate jordans for cheap Practitioners.

Children under the age of 18 should not use a makiwara, as their joints are still growing and damage fake ray bans to the growth plates can occur.

Beginners on the makiwara should not perform the same strike too many times at first, perhaps initially 10 – 15 strikes per technique, increasing the repetitions gradually over a long period of time (no more than every three – six months)

A good starting regime is as follows:

  1. Seiken (Regular Fist) – 15 strikes with each hand
  2. Uraken (Back Fist) – 10 strikes with each hand
  3. Kentsui Uchi (Hammer Fist) & Gyaku Haito Uchi (Reverse Ridge Hand Strike) from the side – 10 strikes each
  4. Teisho Uchi (Palm Heel Hand Strike) – 10 strikes with each hand
  5. Nukite Uchi (Spear Hand Strike) – 5 strikes with each hand
  6. Gedan Mae Kehanashi (Lower Front Foot Snap Kick) – 10 Kicks with each foot

If the skin breaks, cease Makiwara training immediately and allow the wound to heal before restarting. Avoid cut injuries if at all possible.

Strike Counts of 30-50 strikes per technique after a couple of years is appropriate, depending on the individual. Supplement with Bag Training.


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