quick, possible stupid question -
I am currently boxing training, and have no room / total structural unsuitability in home / etc. to hang a bag.
some years ago I remember having a jiu jitsu class, where they had this canvas pad dealy attached to the wall you could hit... i THINK it might have been called a makiwara pad but not sure...?
anyway, does anyone know anymore about them - history / origin etc...
plus if they're really any use (i wonder about potential for injury,as, in essence, you're hitting a padded bit of wall)?
how do you use it correctly to improve punching / striking etc?
i gather they're probably readily/cheaply available, but just looking for tips on correct use / training tips / installing / and whether anyone either swears by them, or thinks they're useless and would advise against?
i've been googling it, albeit unsuccessfully so far...
answers on a postcard, with thanks,