This all started many years ago in Johannesburg, South Africa when Makiwara Guy hit his first makiwara at Stan Schmidt Sensei's dojo. Then after being invited to early bird training at Stan Schmidt's second dojo in Melrose, Makiwara Guy used makiwara's set up outside for regular use and Makiwara Guy began striking.

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Over the years the fascination and love of makiwara training developed into a passion and thus the desire to create an artistic and well crafted makiwara was born.

http://www.karatemakiwara.com - Makiwara Guy has a fully functioning workshop dedicated to crafting the finest makiwaras. The workshop also has a specially designed painting booth with negative air, specifically designed to keep dust off the finishes as the finish layers are being applied.

Just as the artist swordmakers hand crafted the finest swords, Makiwara Guy hand crafts the finest Makwiaras, with care and passion.
Makiwara Artistic
WOOD: The wood is specially selected and then ripped on all sides, then cut to the desired length per Makiwara Guy's predetermined specifications.
Makiwara Wood Cutting

Then planed to create the taper, giving the predetermined flexibility and proper tension in the wood.
Makiwara Planing

The makiwara is sanded well on both sides to remove all rough edges and to create a refined finish.
Makiwara Sanding

Japanese calligraphy is carved into the wood. Then the entire makiwara is hand finished to a smooth finish. The carved calligraphy is trimmed of the rough edges using a razor knife.
Makiwara Carving

The calligraphy is then sanded and finally painted to create a contrast between the wood and carved calligraphy.
Makiwara Calligraphy

Makiwara Calligraphy 2

The makiwara is sanded again to further refine the finish. Then placed in the specially built painting booth and the shine and the protective finish begins. Multiple coats are applied.
Makiwara Finishing
Finish coats are applied to protect and beautify. Makiwara Finishing 2
Karate-Do is what The carving on this makiwara says Karate-Do.

Wood Makiwaras

We use cold rolled steel which has a more refined surface.
Makiwara Steel
Cold rolled steel is essentially hot rolled steel that has had further processing. The steel is processed further in cold reduction mills, where the material is cooled (at room temperature) followed by annealing and/or tempers rolling. This process will produce steel with closer dimensional tolerances and a wider range of surface finishes. The term Cold Rolled is mistakenly used on all products, when actually the product name refers to the rolling of flat rolled sheet and coil products.
Makiwara Steel Makiwara Guy
Makiwara Base Steel Makiwara Guy
The cold rolled steel is then cut using cutting oil and sharp serpentine blades on our large cutting machine to cut the metal into the specified lengths. This is done for all the components, including the support gussets.
Makiwara Steel Cutting Makiwara
Makiwara Steel Cutting for Makiwara
Makiwara Steel Cutting for Karate Makiwara
Holes are drilled into the steel using extra hard special drill bits. The holes are for mounting and assembly of the punching pads.
Makiwara Steel Drilling for Karate Makiwara

Assembly begins in preparation for fabricating and welding all the components together.
Makiwara Steel Assembly Karate Makiwara

Now the delicate balance of keeping all the loose parts together while spot welding and then full welding all the parts together.
Makiwara Steel Welding Karate Makiwara
Makiwara Fabrication Steel Welding Karate Makiwara
Makiwara Welding Base

The steel bases are then grinded of all rough edges, sanded and a special solution of neutralizer is applied to each steel base in preparation of primer and multiple finish coats.
Makiwara Steel Base Grinding

Makiwara Pads are created using specially designed layers of padding, and fabricated and mounted on the makiwara boards.
Makiwara Pads
Makiwara Pads 2

Floor Mounted, Wall Mounted with spring, earth mounted makiwaras and pocket makiwaras, all designed to aid you in your martial arts training and to be enjoyable. Order your http://www.karatemakiwara.com Makiwara today.
Makiwara Floor Mounted
Makiwara Floor
Pocket Makiwara
Earth Makiwara
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Makiwara Guy, makiwara artist has trained in Shotokan Karate for over 35 years and first used a makiwara at Stan Schmidt's School of Karate in Johannesburg South Africa where Makwiara Guy started training in karate. Eventually Makwiara Guy was invited and a part of the early bird instructor training. Many years of training, study and passion for makiwara have produced makiwara's that Makiwara Guy produces in the Makiwara Shop. in Bradenton, Florida USA. Makiwara Guy has been a part of Rick Hotton Sensei's karate school in Sarasota, Florida since the mid 1980's and travels around the world with Rick Hotton Sensei teaching and encouraging.