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.
- 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.