How to Hit a Striking Post is a short video by Traditional Taekwondo instructor Colin Wee discussing how to throw a short range punch on a striking post or makiwara to learn how to coordinate the body as you pulse the movement up from the legs, to the hips, and through the arm.

The striking post is an invaluable tool that can help you learn to raise that upper limit of punching power – once you do, you’ll know this is a game changer! I’m 1.7m tall and weigh 72 kilos. If I rely on my arm muscles, that would be like relying on the weakest link to strike. If I pulse power through my body from my legs upwards and if there is efficiency in the way I transmit the movement from my core to my arm and into the target – then I’ll be approaching my 100% – which is the aim of most martial arts … is it not?

Having been punched by Colin ; I can assure you all it hurts a great deal .The power and speed this generates is incredibly deceptive until you actually see and feel it.

Andrew Hickey, ICCA

The video discusses safety aspects of using the strike post and the makiwara, how to road test the punch full power on an opponent, and how this concept can be applied to other strikes once you figure out how to make it work. One of my Taekwondo associates Richard Conceicao felt that I needed to emphasize the motion required to generate the ‘wave’ movement from the legs up. He has created a resource Waveform1 that could be used to support my video above.

If you’d like to add a little more about How to Hit a Striking Post or ask me any questions, please feel free.

If you want to read about my early experiences with the Striking Post see The Striking Post, and a more detailed post at JDK Creating a New Upper Limit to Your Punching Power. And, if this post inspires you to make your own, see Traditional Taekwondo Ramblings’ Making Your Own Training Equipment; Tire Makiwara. Lastly, I’ll leave you with an instagram shot of my student Sandy learning how to hit the makiwara.

Good luck practicing, and keep safe!