10 Gift Ideas for Karate Practitioners

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Today I’ve curated a list of 10 Karate holiday gift ideas for you. 🙂

These are perfect for Karate practitioners who strive to develop their mind, body and spirit in the pursuit of perfection.

I own everything on this list, so trust me…

Here we go:

1. Agility Ladder

Explosive footwork and speed is crucial for performance. That’s why the Agility Ladder is used by world-class combat athletes and sportsmen. Surprisingly, many Karate practitioners have not discovered this amazing tool yet! No matter if you’re a traditional or modern Karate practitioner, the Agility Ladder is useful. Get it here.

2. Training Journal

If I told you there was a dirt cheap tool that could boost your Karate like crazy, would you believe me? All you need is a training journal. After each Karate class, write down what went well, what went bad, what you can improve, and what you learnt. Gradually, this introspective process takes your Karate to new levels. Get it here.

3. The Seishin Gi

Silky smooth, sharp, snappy, stylish & incredibly comfortable. Used by Japanese and Okinawan masters, international champions and dedicated Karate Nerds worldwide. The 200+ 5-star customer reviews (!) says it all. Available in male, female, kids and black option. Free shipping worldwide. Get it here.

4. Wall Mount Makiwara

As a kid, I remember seeing old masters smash their makiwara, a traditional wooden striking post, in Okinawa. They had badass knuckles! All legendary Karate master used the makiwara. I recommend Shureido’s wall mount version. It can easily be installed and be removed, with good cushioning to protect your joints. Get it here.

5. Strength Training for Karate

It’s no secret that many Karate practitioners are held back by their physical limits. Strength Training for Karate is a progressive step-by-step resistance training program divided into 3 levels, specifically designed for Karate practitioners who want functional training to improve their Karate, strength and health. Download and put on USB for a great gift. Get it here.

6. Foam Roller

In our quest for developing strength and power in Karate, we often lose our suppleness and flexibility. But hardness is useless without softness. Get a foam roller. They are super easy to use, and will loosen up the stiff connective tissue (fascia) surrounding your muscles to aid the body’s natural recovery process. Get it here.

7. KNX16 Videos

KNX (The Karate Nerd Experience) is an annual seminar where dedicated Karate Nerds from around the globe gather to explore the art and science of Karate with world-class instructors. This year’s KNX16 was a virtual journey through the evolution of Karate’s history, and the videos are now available for instant download. Perfect to put on a USB stick. Get it here.

8. Resistance Bands

I’ve seen people use weighted vests for Karate training. That’s good. But resistance bands are even better. Why? Because they enable multi-functional resistance exercises in the horizontal plane, which is more specific to the neuromuscular demands of Karate. You can strap the resistance bands to your wrists, ankles or waist. A great combination with #5. Get it here.

9. Bubishi: The Bible of Karate

The Bubishi is a legendary book in Karate’s history, revered by the old masters. Why? Because it’s the very first documented connection between southern Chinese kung fu and Okinawa – the birthplace of Karate. This ancient combat manual contains techniques, tactics and wisdom that people still haven’t grasped today. The Bubishi’s translation has been updated many times, and I had the honor of writing the foreword to the latest edition. Get it here.

10. Karate Nerd Insider™

Every week, I shoot a private video with my best Karate exercises, techniques and drills. These videos are sent out to subscribers of a secret club, called Karate Nerd Insider™. I’ve released almost 50 episodes already (including how to use the Agility Ladder, Foam Roller and Resistance Band) but it’s not too late to join. Old videos are available to backorder for Insiders. Get it here.

That’s it.

Happy holidays! 🙂


  • Esa
    Shureido Wall Mount Makiwara is out of stock :( Anywhere else where I could buy it? Anyone have experience using it?
    • You could try getting it via Google. I have years of experience using it :-)
  • Want to watch videos. Great post Jesse..!!
  • Ben Brown
    Jesse-San , Will the karate nerd shirts be available again, and how can I get one ?
    • Yes! Karate Nerd t-shirts will be available worldwide 2016. You'll be able to get one when they're released. Stay tuned. :-) Thanks Ben-san!
  • Rob
    Just waiting eagerly for the Seishin Gi to be available in black! I know you're trying to figure out a dying process where the black doesn't fade to a dark blue or purple after a few washes and it's that exact attention to quality that makes it so appealing.
  • Arne B
    Hi Jesse, That mug is totally perfect, the best Christmas gift I could ever imagine! Thanks for all the nice suggestions! All the best, Arne
    • Thanks Arne-san! Glad you liked it. Happy holidays my friend!
  • Darren
    I was thinking of starting a journal but I was curious if it should just be focused on training in class? Most of my training happens outside of class.
    • What gets measured gets better! :-)
  • Found number 2 under the Christmas tree. :-) A very interesting reading!Merry Christmas and Happy New Karate Year, Jesse-san!
  • Diego Fernando Ruiz Patino
    A Beer Barrel can also be very appreciated by any karate-ka for christmas :-)
  • Bhaskar Sen
    Hey Jesse-san! I hope you remember me from Vegas! Knocked in to ask if you recorded some videos in Linz this year? Great gifts though! :)
    • Hey Bhaskar-san! Nice meeting you in Vegas :-) No filming this year, sorry. Thanks for chiming in!
  • Amaan
    Hi jesse san i recently started to see your post and i love it i am a beginner in muay thai and my question is that can muay thai and karate ever compliment each othet can there be a sync between them?
  • Thanks Jesse!Too bad I'm the only one in the family who loves karate... must forward onto Mum.Cheers

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