Makiwara Monday


The picture shows the opener picture for the Makiwara Monday - Best of 2019. On the picture is Hirokazu Kanazawa doing a Gyaku-Zuki on the Makiwara.

The Makiwara Monday has become a fixed institution in our weekly Shotokan calendar. Many fans have sent us fantastic videos last year. Beside that we also found some very nice and entertaining makiwara videos on the internet. We do not want to withhold these from you and present you in this Makiwara Monday – Best of 2019 the best videos from the last year. Enjoy! The hip rotation is key! With Aidos Underbayev Our friend, Aidos Underbayev from Kazakhstan, has sent us an excellent Makiwara Monday video. It displays the importance of hip......

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The picture shows Cassandra Sampieri doing a Goju Ryu Karate kata at a tournament.

Goju Ryu Karate is a very powerful style. The practicioners generate a lot of force through an explosive hip-rotation in an upright standing position. They usually stay much higher than Shotokan karateka. Tachi waza like deep zenkutsu-dachi are not charecteristic for Goju Ryu Karate. However, through a rough and rigorous physical training with plenty of hojo undo (additional training) with weigths, bars, makiwara, and other gear the karateka become extraordinary powerful. Cassandra Sampieri from France belongs to the many young and very talented Goju Ryu Karate athletes. The three times french kata champion......

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Makiwara Monday: The Makiwara Pad to-go

Usually, a makiwara is a stationary thing. However, a little bit of ingenuity and robe can turn a regular punching pad into an efficient and mobile makiwara solution. The advantage is that a training partner can hold the makiwara and constantly change angles, resistance, distance etc. Thus, makiwara training becomes more flexible and exciting. How such a solution could look like can be seen in the following video by Dojo Takahashi Kazuo....

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Makiwara Monday: A Variety of Techniques from Kazakhstan

We have featured Adios Underbayev in the Makiwara Monday section several times before. Aidos has a passion for the Makiwara and his splendid technique shows who familiar he is with the tool. In this video series he presents us several makiwara techniques. His routine thereby goes far beyond Gyaku-zukis. Which techniques do you train on the Makiwara? And which of Adios suggestions do you like the most?...

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Makiwara Monday: Board Breaking with Ippei Kamae

Board Breaking at its best. Who ever questioned the reward of makiwara training should be invited to watch the following video by Ippei Kamae. Ippei is a makiwara enthusiast and trains regularly on it. This constant training has given him huge punching power combined with tough nucles. As a result, he to break wooden board poses no challenge for him. To test his strength he accepted the challenge in the Aoyama Karate Club to break two thick wooden boards during training a few weeks ago. The thickness was judged by his cat, named......

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Makiwara Monday: The Portable Makiwara

We are always impressed about American ingenuity! Gregg Morrison from the Kaze-Kai Karate Dojo in Newington, Connecticut shared his fantastic portable Makiwara with us. He developed an easy-to-carry board that allows him to train his knuckles, fingertips (Nukite) etc. where ever he goes and stays. When you travel a lot or want to squeeze a five minutes finger and hand strengthening workout into your tight daily schedule then this is the right devise for you....

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