The Wavemaster

There is one training aid that all martial artists should have, and that is a punching bag.  Maybe you have a good spot to hang a heavy bag, but if you don’t then the Wavemaster by Century is a great way to go.

After months of thinking about it, I finally went out and got one myself.  The Taekwondo school where I study has several of the Wavemaster XXL models, but I decided to go with the smaller, easier to manage original model.  It’s working out great so far.

If you have never used a Wavemaster before the concept is simple, there is a large, plastic, hollow base and a padded cylinder on top.  As shipped, the whole thing is quite light and easily managed by one person.  However, when you fill the base with water or sand it becomes quite heavy and stable.  The padding on the cylinder is thick and comfortable for punching or kicking.  Also, the height of the cylinder is adjustable.  My 6-year-old daughter easily kicks against the low setting, and at the top setting I can practice head-level Taekwondo kicks.

Below you can check out a short video I shot after getting it set up in the back yard.  Here I only have the base about 3/4 full with water so I’d have some more give.  If you want it more solid you can fill it all the way, or even switch to sand for filler.


Now, I can talk all about the technical specs on this thing, but what you have to understand is it is just really fun to have around!  The other day I heard a ruckus in the back yard and caught my 8-year-old daughter and her friends pounding on it (see pics).  The had so much fun that after 10 minutes they decided they needed to dress up in “super hero” costumes and pound on it some more — I love the costumes they constructed.

  

If you don’t have something like this at home yet, you have to go get one!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Strive 2 Shine
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 17:28:01

    I’d love to have one of those – we have several at the dojang, and that’s what we practice on in the workshops. Unfortunately, I think my cats would think I adored ’em so much I got them this huge new scratching post. 😉

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