Saturday, September 03, 2005

Metal Geta



I recently bought this pair of weighted metal geta. Geta are a japanese style of footware that are simialr to sandals, except they have wooden blocks on the sole to raise them off the ground and the thong that goes between your big toe and second toe is in the center-line of the geta rather than off to the side. So, there is no left or right geta. You can put either one on either foot. There's a pretty good web page here that describes geta in more detail.

These particular geta I bought are for exercise and they weigh about 5 pounds each. Unlike the traditional wooden style, these are made of metal. I'm trying to improve my side-kicks in karate and am hoping these will help strengthen my legs. I seem to lack the leg strength to perform my kicks properly. The advantage these have over ankle weights (other than simple esthetics) is they put the weight on your feet, so it helps to also strength your ankles and parts of your feet and toes.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon,

I've been looking to train the same way as you with metal geta. Where did you purchase them. I can't find them anywhere. My email account is below. Just put in the Subject line "Metal Geta" so I know it's you if I search through my mailbox.

Respectfully,

Martin
Email: fyt4jesus@hotmail.com

Mostly Torn said...

Hello Martin,

I purchased my geta from the dojo where I take karate classes. They special ordered them from Shureido. You can find the Shureido USA web site here:

http://www.shureidousa.com/training/irongeta.html

Unfortunately, they don't list prices, but you can call them for a price quote. It's been over a year since I bought them, but I think they cost about $60.

You could also get them direct from Shureido in Japan here:

http://www.karatedo.co.jp/shureido/english/e_index.html

They call them Iron Clogs on the Japanese site and Iron Geta on the US site.

Cheers,
Brian

(I also sent you an email with this same info in case you don't check back here.)