Morio Higaonna during his Makiwara workout.

Makiwara Monday: Snap Plus Kime with Jeff Christian

Most karateka would agree that extending the arm is the most important part of a punch. At the end of the motion there must be kime, complete focus. Without kime, the punch will not be effective.

But when a punch combines speed and kime, and then finishes by pulling back the punching hand, the punch becomes a focused strike, not simply a push at a target.

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As you can see in the following video by Jeff Christian his pull-back motion creates a powerful whiplash-effect on the Makiwara. Although he hits the board in a relaxed way, he transmits the energy like a shock wave.

What about you? Do you snap back your fist during Makiwara training? Do you extend the punch and stick the target? Or do you practice both?

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