Makiwara (straw butt) (巻藁)

Makiwara
It is a sheaf of straw bunched together in a shape of bale to take arrows at point-blank range, as the training of Kyudo-shaho Hassetsu (eight arts of shooting an arrow), checking the characteristic of bow, or warming up in Kyudo or Kyujutsu, the art of Japanese archery. Detailed explanation is in Makiwara (Kyudo).

Makiwara is a sheaf of straw bunched around a bamboo pole, to test the sharpness of an Uchigatana (sword) on Iai-jutsu (technique of drawing real swords) (batto-jutsu [an art of drawing a sword]), and Iaido (art of drawing the Japanese sword).

Makiwara is a sheaf of straw bunched around a pole, as to strike and train seiken (fore fist) and tegatana (a chopping motion) in Okinawa and the Karatedo, traditional Japanese martial art.