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Help with design for homemade shuriken target
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Hello,

I'm making a shuriken target for practice at home and would like to get some design ideas. I would like it to be portable so I can set it up in the backyard and then move it into the garage when I'm not practicing. Right now I'm thinking of taking an old wooden selving unit that I have and just nailing some wood onto the back of it (so it would look like a bookself) and using that. Any better ideas or suggestions would be great. Thanks.

Gary Cavender
Atlanta Bujinkan Dojo

Posted on: 2007/11/11 20:16
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hmmm... thinking


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Posted on: 2007/11/11 22:31
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portable... you could take 6 six foot long 2x4's glue them all togather(the wide way). once the glue dries, cut them in half and then hinge them togather with door hinges. then you would have a 2 foot by 6 foot foldable target. prop it up against a tree or another couple 2x4's...

Posted on: 2007/11/11 22:33
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I got some free scrap 2x4 from a house that was almost complete. I made a frame 5 feet by 2 1/2 feet. I then cut the 2x4 3 1/2 inches long and filled the frame so end grain was facing the front. I glued all the pieces in and shuriken will stick no matter how they are thrown. I attached it to the wall at the dojo but you could add a leg with a hinge to stand it up. It is heavy but has worked for 10 years. You might also want to put a piece of plywood on the back so heavy knives don't knock the 2x4 loose.

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Posted on: 2007/11/12 1:24
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I use a portable archery target. Its basically a foam cube the measures 18"x 18"x 16". It works real good for shuriken and throwing knifes. You can pick one up at an archery store for about $40USD.

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These are some good ideas. Thanks for the responses.

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Those ideas are fine, but if you practice a lot they don't last long. I like the ideas from Throwzini about using log rounds since they're fairly easy to get if you have a chainsaw and some trees to cut up.

"by Onmyoji on 2007/11/11 11:24:56

I use a portable archery target. Its basically a foam cube the measures 18"x 18"x 16". It works real good for shuriken and throwing knifes. You can pick one up at an archery store for about $40USD."

That's rather expensive since shuriken tear though foam like a hot knife through butter, especially the bo shuriken :)

"by mharper on 2007/11/11 11:24:42

I got some free scrap 2x4 from a house that was almost complete. I made a frame 5 feet by 2 1/2 feet. I then cut the 2x4 3 1/2 inches long and filled the frame so end grain was facing the front. I glued all the pieces in and shuriken will stick no matter how they are thrown. I attached it to the wall at the dojo but you could add a leg with a hinge to stand it up. It is heavy but has worked for 10 years. You might also want to put a piece of plywood on the back so heavy knives don't knock the 2x4 loose."

I don't mean to criticize, but if your weapons aren't sticking there is usually a problem with the technique so making it that easy only takes away from your own personal corrections.

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I avoid using wood for targets, if you have nice shuriken the tips get damaged over time, there really is no need for the target to be so hard. In Japan the Shuriken schools use old Tatami mats.

I find the best target is a 4'x8' sheet of styrofoam insulation works best, the thick ones are about $20 and all you have to do is lean it against a wall and its good to go.

Sure it doesn't last as long as wood but IMO it works better.

Just my Opinion, see what works for you.

Markk Bush
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Posted on: 2007/11/12 5:41
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Yes, I have used Mark Harper sensei target during seminars.. it is awesome.

I throw MANY different types of blades..
Needles, wire, razor blades, chop sticks, etc.. etc..
I use foam..
I agree..
Using hard woods only cause damage to the blades.

In a DVD on boshurikenjutsu I demo using pads which are taped to a human being attacking me.. the pads on a moving target are great..
He also wears a helmet with padded face..
Different..
But this takes time to put on and it's hard to wear too..

Using a pad on the hands and arms can be interesting as well without the body being padded..
This takes focus and skill not to miss as well as hit the other.. target which is a student.. LOL.. oh well.

I can tell you.. a moving target is far different from a still target.. duh,,

Ralph Severe, kamiyama

Posted on: 2007/11/12 6:35
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I'll be practicing alot since the shuriken is on my next test, so I might try the styrofoam. Now I just need to figure out a way to make it a "free standing" target. Thanks again for the help.

Gary

Posted on: 2007/11/12 8:33
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