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I’ve received a few emails asking about where a kakiya can be purchased or how it can be made. I don’t know of any place where one can be purchased. Below are the materials and steps that I used to build mine. If you aren’t into power tools and concrete, I am open to the possibility of assembling kits and selling them: contact me at REMsimpson at gmail dot com and make an offer. The reader assumes all risks from building and using this piece of equipment.
Boy am I on a roll, posting up videos I mentioned a year or more ago!
The clip below shows some very basic drills that can be done using the kakiya in lieu of a live partner to condition for dynamic drills and responses. Grabs, presses, pulls, blocks and parries can be used in conjunction with a wide variety of strikes and striking combinations. The kakiya is not often seen in modern karate, but it was a common tool in many early Okinawan karate circles. The design seen here is based on information supplied by Mario McKenna with a few liberties taken for adjustability. More detailed drills and training ideas to follow (in the near future).
Nothing like 8″ of snow and 10 degree winds to hamper outdoor training…which is why there’s hot tea and karate DVD’s.
After a week of slushy winter rain, wind and snow, Spring is looking better and better! Here are a few shots taken by Lisa Henderson in the back yard dojo last year- so much green…
Mario McKenna has posted a nice diagram and some information on the Kakiya, a piece of training equipment that is not generally seen/used by modern karate practitioners.
My homemade attempt, constructed with Mr. McKenna’s kind technical guidance: