In 1908, Anko Itosu sent a letter to the Prefectural Education Department concerning the idea that led to the introduction of his karate to all Okinawan schools and its spread to the Japanese mainland. The fourth point of his letter expressed the importance of makiwara training. Itosu wrote, "In tode the hands and feet are important so they should be trained thoroughly on the makiwara. In so doing, drop your shoulders, open your lungs, take hold of your strength, grip the floor with your feet, and sink your intrinsic energy to your lower abdomen. Practice with each arm one or two hundred times." 

Traditionally, the makiwara is a tapered wooden beam embedded in the ground and rising to about chest height with straw, rope or leather wrapped around the top of the board. A post hole would be dug 4 to 6 feet deep and filled with cement. The makiwara board would be placed in the hole and tilted slightly until the cement sets. This made indoor instillations and removal of a broken board extremely difficult. Indoor/outdoor instillations and replacing broken makiwara boards are no longer a problem with "The Original" King Makiwara. 


The Makiwara



  • Made of Quality Leather
  • Rubber Insert Sewn In
  • Quick Fasting Lacing Hooks
  • Industrial Stitching



  • Tapered for Proper Flex
  • Stained with Waterproof Sealer
  • Flush Mounted Tension Plate for Durablility
  • Individually Inspected



  • Handmade to Insure Quality
  • Made of Hot Rolled Steel for Strength
  • Powder Coated
  • Engineered for Proper Hitting Angle
  • Surface Mount Design (Requires No Digging)
  • High Grade Hardware Included