Some Martial Development readers have alleged that I am overly critical of breaking practices in the martial arts, in favor of punching bags. Maybe I went a little too far. For some, hitting bags is no fun. If I’ve implied that tameshiwari advocates are all boobs, then I must now apologize. Perhaps breaking is about more than vanity, showmanship and deceit.
When properly executed, breaking can build power, control, and self-confidence. After diligent practice, you may even bust an entire rack of melons, or a nicely stacked set of boards.
In the following videos, model and stripper Busty Heart shows her breaking talent.
Sensei Pacer is not only a former member of The Power Team, a crew of Christian Evangelist strongmen. He is also a personal trainer, and the founder of Hip Hop Martial Arts.
Master Sensei Pacer likes to say that “nobody in the world moves like Sensei Pacer.”
Suzi Wong, Fytedancer
Sorry, Sensei Pacer, but I know someone who moves like Sensei Pacer!
“Diamond Dave, The Kung Fu Hillbilly”
At Diamond Dave’s Ninja School, you’ll learn the difference between a Ninja chop, a Judo chop, and a Karate chop.
My first experience with board breaking was a total humiliation. I was a ten-year-old Karate student, with six months of practice under my orange belt, when my sensei decided we should all break some wood. He asked each of us to acquire a stack of boards, one square foot by one inch in size, and bring them to our next class.
As a bright but naive child, I had no idea that the practice of tameshiwari, or breaking, was an instrument of martial arts fraud. I only knew that it looked cool, and that it required focus–or so my teacher said.
In a recent episode of their hit Showtime series, stage magicians Penn Jilette and Raymond Teller warn viewers away from the universally fraudulent field of martial arts. Now a real expert martial artist rescues us from their half-baked debunkings.
For their own convenience, Penn and Teller divide the world of martial arts into three categories: traditional, mystical, and murderous.
Before the days of the strip-mall Kung Fu Dojo, some martial artists earned a living by performing in travelling circus shows. These artists demonstrated seemingly miraculous feats to entertain their audience, and attributed them to esoteric qigong training.
Truthfully, these “vagabond skills” are mostly cheap parlor tricks. In this video clip, Wing Chun instructor Leung Ting demonstrates the (relatively) safe and easy way to break bricks with your bare hands, and slice yourself with sharp blades.