John Wick 4’s New Training Tool Secretly Reveals The Sequel’s Dark History

John Wick is shown practicing his typing skills in the John Wick: Chapter 4 teaser, with the tool he uses revealing a lot about Wick’s history.

John Wick’s punching post in John Wick: Chapter 4 is a traditional training tool that also reflects John’s story. Wick jeans 4 dropped its first trailer, including looks at martial artists like Donnie Yen and Hiroyuki Sanada, for San Diego Comic-Con in 2022. Not only did the teaser show off the incredible martial arts action and audience associated with the series, but it also showed John training his punches on a tool that many martial artists would instantly recognize.

The tool John punches in the teaser is called a makiwara, which is a padded pole used to train punching techniques in many karate schools. The design of the makiwara is designed to provide resistance to the puncher, with the makiwara bouncing back to its upright position after taking each strike. This design allows the karateka to strengthen their punches, while also being able to be used for kicks, knees and elbows.


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With his makiwara wrapped in rope and the power John puts into his punches, there’s also a pretty significant bloodstain from John’s punches. Interestingly, with the John Wick the movies being full of martial arts, the makiwara is also very representative of what John’s life has been like since he came out of retirement. The makiwara represents the constant opposing force against which John is fighting.

The Makiwara Reveals John Wick’s Strength (And That Of His Enemies)

John Wick 4 picture of makiwara

The design of the makiwara is emblematic of the type of opposition that John has constantly faced throughout the series, one in which John is able to defend himself just as his opponent turns against him like the makiwara. As soon as John embarked on his mission to avenge the murder of his dog on the first John Wick, he was beset by a relentless attack from enemies on all sides. This attack intensified in John Wick: Chapter 2 and even more once John was on the run in John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

With John and the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) facing the High Table in Wick jeans 4, their enemies are sure to keep coming. The makiwara, smeared with blood from John’s knuckles from repeated punches, just like his fights, captures the ongoing challenge that even an assassin as legendary as John faces. For every strike he gives, John has been unable to escape his continuing battle with one opponent after another.

The inclusion of makiwara in Wick jeans 4 shows a side of John’s training that draws inspiration from traditional Japanese martial arts and presumably director Chad Stahelski’s extensive martial arts background. The makiwara itself is also a storytelling tool as well as a training tool for John Wick: Chapter 4, showing Baba Yaga’s ongoing battle to defeat constantly charging and bouncing enemies, John Wick sometimes teams up with his friends to do so. It could end up being that John can only win by “break” the high table and its many assassins whose makiwara is a physical replacement.

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  • John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)Release date: March 24, 2023

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