Last night Davin pondered how cool it would be to have a striking post in the backyard. Something to do suburi and kihon practice with, outside the dojo. The most obvious choice would be to simply ram a pole into the ground and put a men on it. But there are upscale options too!
For example, Ryan Matthew Johnson of Milwaukee Kendo made a sparring dummy from various pieces of PVC tubing. And if that isn’t cool enough for you, there’s the Best Kendo training dummy which Ton-sensei has built for the Almere dojo. It’s pictured above. With strike zones for men, kote and dou, a movable arm and a way to put a shinai in there it really is the best option we’ve seen :)