Makiwara are traditionally a karate training tool and developed from the island of Okinawa, Originally there would have been a post buried and fixed deep into the ground, extending up to shoulder height. The post would have some flex so a poor strike will ‘bounce’ off and a clean strike can penetrate it. Users would be expected to strike the Makiwara at least 100 times per day with both hands.
Makiwara offer a wide range of striking options including all open hand strikes and closed hand strikes, elbow strikes, Kicks and knee strikes. This Straw Rope Makiwara is exactly what the original Okinawan Karate practitioners would have used. It’s tough and will build up hand conditioning fast. Designed to be tied to a post, fixed to the floor. It's not for the fainthearted, if you're new to conditioning, this straw rope makiwara is quite a hardcore place to start but progression will be quick.
This straw Rope Makiwara is made purely from straw that has been weaved into rope and tied into shape. If you don’t have a post, pillar or wall to tie it to, you can simply lay in on a surface to strike for hand conditioning but you won’t get the same type of feedback on your strikes as you will from a post. The aim is to flatten it until it falls apart, this will take some time though and some serious training before it happens.
“No joke, this is the real deal. This is a tough challenge for your hands and approach with caution. If you are not use to striking at all, one punch will hurt. Make sure your happy with your technique and conditioning and start off slow.”
Doug Swift – Owner of Enso Martial Arts Shop
The traditional Straw Makiwara dimensions are:
If you have any questions about what is best for you, feel free to contact us at our shop to discuss it, call (0117) 9425832 or email [email protected]