This is a classical tool used by traditional karate practitioners. It is said to have originated in Okinawa and is used to develop punching and kicking power. It strengthens the muscles, joints, and bones. The tool can be damaging to the body and cause permanent damage if used incorrectly, so find quality instruction before beginning training with this type of equipment.
Step 1: Gather Materials
Several items are needed and most can be picked up at your local hardware store or laying around your house if you are into building things yourself. Do not forget this is just one type of Makiwara. There are many different shapes and sizes.
List of items:
4x4 post- length varies due to size and placement. Mine is inside the dojo, so it was 6'. Cost apprx $7.00
Floor mount: needed to hold the post. Cost apprx $18.00
Concrete anchors: 3/8" bolt 2 1/4" long, 5/8" anchor. Cost apprx $5.00
Sandpaper: 60gr, 100gr, 180gr, 320gr. Cost apprx $10.00. Sand paper is optional and not needed to be functional.
Stain or paint: 1 pint is more than enough. Cost apprx $6.00. again optional.
Padding and covering: this is a must. I used a green felt table cloth from a Texas Hold em game and styrofoam from a package I received. Cost free. There are nicer and more professional ones that a person can buy off of the internet. I also used liquid nail to glue the felt to the styrofoam. It was left over from a previous project. Many options.
10' rope: used for the lower kicking pad. Cost $1.00 at harbor freight. Optional add on.
Step 2: Tools
Will need a few tools. I recommend these.
Saw: I used a circular saw and a saw saw.
Drill: power drill with 5/8" concrete bit
Saw horse: two is sufficient to make your cuts on. But most any stable surface will do.
Sander: optional. Can power sand, hand sand, or not sand at all. But it helps to prevent splinters and beautifies the project.
Wrenches for mounting the hardware.