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Hi,

I've been practicing Muay Thai for about 2 years relatively lightly and, long story short, during holidays I'm not near the gym I normally train at and I can't get anything like a partner or a bag to train on. What I have built however is a makiwara (essentially a plank in the ground with some light padding). After browsing online, I've found very little in the way of Muay Thai training on one of these. At the end of the day, it's something to punch and kick and knee without injuring myself, but if anyone has any experience with one of these in Muay Thai or any ideas of what could be a good regime, I'd be grateful! 

Thanks in advance 🙂

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2 hours ago, S.F said:

Hi,

I've been practicing Muay Thai for about 2 years relatively lightly and, long story short, during holidays I'm not near the gym I normally train at and I can't get anything like a partner or a bag to train on. What I have built however is a makiwara (essentially a plank in the ground with some light padding). After browsing online, I've found very little in the way of Muay Thai training on one of these. At the end of the day, it's something to punch and kick and knee without injuring myself, but if anyone has any experience with one of these in Muay Thai or any ideas of what could be a good regime, I'd be grateful! 

Thanks in advance 🙂

Can you upload a photo?

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18 hours ago, Kevin von Duuglas-Ittu said:

Can you upload a photo?

The height is 1m58, up to the shoulder. The lower pad can slide for different kicks, or knees.

It's a tool used in karate for a long long time, so it has a history in martial arts, but the forms for punching are different for one major difference.

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On 8/24/2019 at 9:34 AM, S.F said:

The height is 1m58, up to the shoulder. The lower pad can slide for different kicks, or knees.

It's a tool used in karate for a long long time, so it has a history in martial arts, but the forms for punching are different for one major difference.

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I like the innovation! Won't it get knocked loose though?

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The only somewhat similar thing I've seen with something more closely related to Muay Thai was in videos about Burmese Lethwei. In rural Burma people and also Lethwei schools are very poor and so there is not a lot of money for equipment. I've seen students practice on wooden poles with some padding on them (bareknuckle nonetheless) but not actual Makiwara I think.

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ACTUALLY.... have a look at this video I just found:

Lethwei again, but right in the beginning at around 0:38 there is a young fighter training on what seems to be a Makiwara. Later in the video you can catch glimpses of fighters using similar things with an added bigger padding at around stomach-height to train kicks and knees on.

It says that this teacher set up his first gym in an alleyway with what scrap-material he could muster.

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On 8/27/2019 at 11:14 AM, Xestaro said:

ACTUALLY.... have a look at this video I just found:

Lethwei again, but right in the beginning at around 0:38 there is a young fighter training on what seems to be a Makiwara. Later in the video you can catch glimpses of fighters using similar things with an added bigger padding at around stomach-height to train kicks and knees on.

It says that this teacher set up his first gym in an alleyway with what scrap-material he could muster.

That's really helpful; at least I'm not going the complete wrong direction. Thanks!

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On 8/25/2019 at 10:35 PM, AndyMaBobs said:

 

I like the innovation! Won't it get knocked loose though?

It's a meter deep with 2 sets of cross braces underground, so it shifts slightly but I just pour a little dirt back in and its fine. Some models I saw used metal braces screwed to the ground (wood or concrete), or filled a hole with concrete instead of dirt.

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