If you ever need a self-esteem boost, learning to break boards will do just that. At Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Gwinnett, we start everyone with the simplest techniques, and gradually show them cooler and more complex board breaking moves. But before anyone moves up, our students understand the most important fundamentals when it comes to board breaking. Breaking Boards at Choe’s HapKiDo Karate Gwinnett provides challenges to our students, but there is a great feeling of accomplishment when breaking a board—or several boards at once—is successful.
What’s it like to break your very first board?
Many of our students remember their first time trying to break board. You see this single piece of wood in front of you, and you can’t believe that it will break with your own fist. The instructor has guided every single student through this board breaking journey, and s/he has always assured us that it’s possible.
Karate Gwinnett is great because it really teaches you perseverance. If at first you did not succeed in breaking the board, you can try again. Maybe it was your mind that stopped your fist before you tried to hammer through. Or maybe your mind was on the target, but the strike was not strong enough. After the second or third attempt of trying to physically break the board as hard as possible, you understand the necessity of also focusing the mind: on the target, on the weight of your fist, on the momentum that is needed, on your fighting stance, on your breath, on the spot behind the board that your fist must come through, and on the yell that will travel loudly from your gut.
After the first break, Karate Gwinnett students’ confidence rises. Before they know it, they will overcome board break techniques using the heel, palm, elbow, and many more. As board breaking looks like a performance test, it is very much one. The practice is a demonstration of all practice coming together, where the mind and body must work in cooperation, in unison.
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