This is a spin off from the Karate/Judo Documentary thread which showed Japanese and Okinawan karateka using traditional equipment. Does anyone here use this kit? If so is it because it's ideal, or because it's traditional? I'm all for keeping to a plan that works, not re-inventing the wheel, but have we really not advanced in the intervening years? I can understand that the old masters were simply using the materials (and technology) that was available to them at the time, but I'm sure they'd adopt modern kit if it was possible.
As for makiwara training - the only footage I've ever seen of people using them are striking with their arms fully extended. Is there a good reason for that? When we perform kata or kihon waza it's with the understanding that contact was made at approximately 70% extention and the remaining 25% (we never lock out the joints against fresh air) is follow-through.