Thread: Demo afterthoughts.
2/23/2007 1:39pm, #11
I think that this is bs, FUNKtastic. One board is easy, but if you can grab a ten year old and get him or her to break four boards (standard 1 X 12 DRY doug fir is what we use here - and boards that haven't been razored! - emphasize dry - once no one testing could break so the head bb got disgusted and got up and lo and behold, the one damn board wouldn't even break for him - he finally actually ripped it apart, as it was wet) I'll give Phrost a hundred bucks.
We did breaking in Kyokulshin and I found it to be a good confidence builder for youngsters. Last time I broke it was cement tile and I think that that is the last time I'll break anything, my hand hurt for weeks. Sensei said that doing much breaking wasn't worth the arthritis (he knew Oyama, of the injured hands fame; at the end of his life he'd sleep with his hands outside the sheets because the contact hurt too much), but he'd have us break once a year. I also found that very few people, including grown men who hold black belts in hard contact arts, can break more than three boards. The most that was EVER done in the Kyokushin dojos that I attended was five. No one ever could do six. Done correctly, no spacers or other cheating, of course. I'm not going to get into bs debate - and yes I think I know by now that breaking doesn't teach MT style roundhouse kicks and breaking doesn't teach single leg take downs and so forth and so on ad nauseum. But if you can break four boards or a base ball bat, or a 2 x 4...
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2/23/2007 1:48pm, #12
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2/23/2007 2:14pm, #13
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2/23/2007 7:24pm, #14Originally Posted by Dr. Fagbot Q. MacGillicuddy, PhD
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2/23/2007 7:50pm, #15
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2/23/2007 9:02pm, #16
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Ok, a couple of people have been questioning my assertion so I won't quote individually and just respond.
I don't know the kind of board you use but they probably vary in thickness because I remember when I was 9 and taking TKD, I used to break them by twos with an open palm (striking perpenduclular to the board) and had done three on one or two occasions. Keep in mind I was not striking how the fella in question was since he used his elbow and since the boards were so low to the ground fell more than hit the boards--->he used gravity more than the strike. Also in terms of thickness I remember two sizes that we used, could have been 1/2 inch, 3/4 and 1 inch and I remember one was twice as thick as the other (we rarely used the middle one). Now the boards in question were definitely not the thick variety used by the adults in my class, he positioned the other boards to help the break and used gravity instead of a strike. As far as their training, I talked to one of the students today and he said all they do is streches, forms and no-touch sparring (had a hell of a time explaining to me how that works), nothing about board breaking included in the regimen so the guy was bascially trying to entice the crowd the way I see it.
You're right not every kid can break these boards though I remember a grossly out of shape 9 year old in my old TKD class breaking one broard(thats all they gave and no I don't know if he could have broken more) and having myself broken more (I grant you they were probably the thinner ones, WHICH HIS GUY USED) I feel confident that the kid from my dojo, who is probably stronger than the average 10-year old since he does Judo, and I emphasised no striking, can break these boards.
Overall it doesn't even matter to me if he could have broken all three, I could have given the weak out of shape 9-year-old from my old TKD place who I have seen break one board and have him break it. In such a case I am pretty sure the crowd that found the 3 board black belt amazing would think no less of the kid since he is smaller, younger and has little to no training. What I was most concerned with was if they got so excited about the guy breaking those boards what they would think of the kid I would present who could match the act (I still maintain) or come close, would they think the adult was full of **** or decide the kid was an MA prodigy since they find boardbreaking to be indicative of some kind of talent...not to say that it is easy but what I saw was a load of crap.
2/23/2007 10:40pm, #17
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I watched a fake TKD demo once.
They had large "blocks of wood". What these really were were boxes made of particle board or balsa or something like that. These were filled with sawdust. The tkd merily kicked their way through them, causing explosions of sawdust and fragments of wood.
The crowd goes wild. It appears that the majority ACTUALLY BELIEVED that the tkd clowns were shattering huge solid blocks
2/23/2007 10:55pm, #18Originally Posted by temppong
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2/24/2007 1:20am, #19
Dr., even my slightly drunked up self can't understand what teh hell u r communicating!
But to the thread. In my horror and shame, I was once upon a time helping (not KK) at a testing/breaking Caratey Class and this FIVE year old testing for brown couldn't break a board and the instructor kept running a razor along the grain, over and over, deeper and deeper, until it finally broke... and the kid quit anyway. He was a tiny prodigy, a super serious brainy little intense twerp who could do all the techniques and still basically sucked (so sad), and his mother told me that he wanted to quit karate and she wanted him to at least get to black and I told her that it didn't matter at all, just follow his desires and try to make him happy, don't pressure him to do some weird martial art, because a bb isn't a terminal degree, it's (working out) something that you do if you want to do for happiness, and if he's lost that desire, free him up."Preparing mentally, the most important thing is, if you aren't doing it for the love of it, then don't do it." - Benny Urquidez