Training equipment

Goju-Ryu karate employs a number of traditional training equipment to facilitate strength and technical development.

The following are designed to improve focus and striking accuracy:

  • Makiwara (Striking board)
  • Kick shields
  • Focus pads
  • Punch bags

For strength and balance:

  • Konga Ken (Oval metal weight) It is used to build up strength and improve balance
  • Nigiri-game (Gripping jars)
  • Ishisashi (Stone padlocks)
  • Tan (Barbell)


The CHISHI consists of a short wooden staff with a stone or cast concrete on one end. It is used for a variety of training exercises designed to strengthen the arms, particularly the wrists. It can also be used for conditioning the hands and strengthening the legs.

How to make a chishi

You will need:

  • An empty tin. Size according to the weight required, e.g. baked bean, dog food or paint cans.
  • A length of broom handle to reach from the floor to 6cm above the knee.
  • 2 long nails or screws.
  • Sufficient cement to fill can.

To make:

  • Drill through the handle twice at one end at right angles and put the nails / screws through.
  • Stand the handle in the centre of the can, with the nails inside can, and support upright if necessary.
  • Pour in cement, and leave to harden.
  • Rub down handle and paint the tin if required.