Combination Makiwara (Portable)

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Karate & Kobudo Makiwara (巻藁, まきわら)

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Makiwara (maki – wrapped, wara – straw)

Makiwara training is just as important in Kobudo as it is in Karate. The lessons imparted by the Makiwara cannot be duplicated by simulated partner drills. Of course, partner drills are equally important but for a different reason. They explain the meaning of the ancient defensive strategies of Ryukyu Kobudo training.

Portable Karate Makiwara
Portable Kobudo Makiwara
Makiwara Pad

Karate Makiwara

Full contact on the Makiwara teaches the benefits of Hineru (捻る)or twist, and the power developed from hip torque. It also proves whether you can actually hit the target repeatedly that you think you can and with enough force to stop the conflict. Another lesson is the discipline imparted by striking the forging post repeatedly disregarding the discomfort. Many myths surround Makiwara training. Callousing of the knuckles is not the objective. Many Karateka in Okinawa rub conditioning oil on their skin before and after Makiwara practice to prevent callousing or tearing of the skin.

Beginning practice should be done gradually, first hitting gently to prevent bruising. One should objectively concentrate on forcing the power into and beyond the makiwara by strongly pulling back the opposing hip. Both feet should be firmly planted on the floor.

The Makiwara is a springboard sometimes padded with straw and wrapped with rope but recently with leather pads or an old Obi. Various bases are available to provide fastening to the floor or the wall. Since many dojo outside Okinawa practice in a school gym, church basement or community center, a Makiwara cannot be fastened to the building. This Makiwara is designed to be portable, fastened to a folding base and removeable springboard.

One should never strike a solid object with no give. Children should not punch the makiwara until the bones of the hands are fully developed.

Kobudo Makiwara

Kobudo Makiwara are usually a round post with a crosspiece representing arms and an extension representing a leg and wrapped with carpet or rope. The flashy spinning nunchaku and Bo techniques all stop abruptly when contacting the Makiwara if not properly understood. All the traditional weapons can be practiced on the Makiwara. In the case of the Bo it is recommended to use a rattan Bo to lessen the shock of contact. Personal Kihon drills are often developed to practice simulated attack and defense scenarios.

Practice Notes

For safety we practice to block and counterattack the opponents weapon but realistically in actual combat we would attack the hand or arm holding the weapon. In heated combat it is difficult to always block the attacking weapon at a right angle resulting in glancing hand and finger injuries. It is more practical to deflect the attacking weapon than actually block it. (Most Okinawan Karate blocks end up in Kakiuke (capture) to control the attacking limb. If we just block it the opponent can strike again with that limb.) This can also be practiced on the Makiwara.

Makiwara training videos available on request.

Makiwara Parts

Do you need parts, such as mounting brackets, bases, boards, or pads? Individual makiwara components are available.

Combination Makiwara (Portable)
Features / Options
FinishCarpet or matting for base.
  • Shuri-te
  • Ryukyu Kobudo
LetteringOptional / Custom
Case (Optional)
  • Leather
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