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Published on Mar 13, 2010
The makiwara in our dojo has a bottle suspended behind it, and the distance between the rear of the Makiwara and the bottle is adjustable. The idea is to strike the makiwara so that it will bounce the bottle. Once the student can consistently strike the bottle, it is moved back progressively until it hangs at the last position. The way the bottle swings is an indicator whether technique is correct and consistent. The student may gauge and improve his technique with an object hung behind the makiwara better than without it.
Here I was practising suri-ashi (sliding forward) from distances of less than half a metre, 1.5 M, 2 M and 3M respectively to strike, starting from sanchin/nekoashi dachi or just natural stance. This recording was done back in Aug 2009.