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I once heard a story about a Martial Art person who has broken his hand after breaking the Tiles.

The aim of story given below shows a Mind Power of Human Being.

Actually I did't remember the exact name of that great person but know little about the story which is a follows:

Once Martial Art athlete accepts a challenge to break (assumption) 50 Tiles at one time. Their friends and his masters tried to stop him to do like this. But that man did not step down from his determination. Even Doctors had advised him to not to do this. But he had refused all the advises.

Breaking the Tiles:

A day came and he had broken all those Tiles with one hand in first trial. He got injury in his hand. Every bone was broken. He was literally bleeding.

On the spot doctors had started their work so that they can help that man. And finally he got hospitalized. After looking at the bones/fractures reports, doctors had concluded that a hand of that person is now no more usable for life time. Recovery is not possible. And he got bed rest for around 6 months.

Mind Power:

During his hospitalization time, he started to think over it and used his mind power. He started to imagine that a small small people (like building construction labors) are coming and walking on his broken hand and going into his mouth. After entering in his body they go to the place where he got injury on his hand. A group of small people start to fix the injury by building the slabs (like slab in building construction).

He used to think like this way around six months. Now, when doctors came to see after six months they all got socked! They all were discussing that it's impossible to heal from injuries like a man had.

When doctors asked a man How did he recovered from injury then a man replied above but doctors were not believing the story told by man.


The moral is we have a mind which is so much powerful that we can recover from any injury like a man had.


I want to know the name of this man. I think somebody will be there who knows this man.

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Oh come on now. A hand break that requires "bed rest for around 6 months"? You could amputate your hand and not require more than a couple days of bed rest, this story makes no sense. Stop falling for mystical, pseudo-science faerie tales. – Graham Mar 27 '14 at 20:07
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There's a story by Joe Hyams in his book Zen in the Martial Arts that is probably what you're thinking of, or comes from the same root. The tile breaking sounds different, but the "men working" visualization and miraculous recovery is identical.

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Can you tell me name of that great person or any reference of him? – NullPointer Sep 6 '13 at 12:39
No. I don't have access to the book at the moment. I recommend finding the book online or getting your hands on a copy and reading for yourself. – Dave Liepmann Sep 6 '13 at 12:42
Actually I am eagerly waiting to know about his name and also a story in Author's way if possible. – NullPointer Sep 6 '13 at 12:52
@NullVoid - I would suggest going to the library or ordering it. Even if someone has it, they are not going to type out the full story here. – JohnP Sep 6 '13 at 14:42
@JohnP, No problem for a long story :). But if possible to know name?! – NullPointer Sep 7 '13 at 3:50

I believe the story you are referring to in Zen In The Martial Arts is the chapter, "Confident Seeing" on page 109. The instructor was Sam Brodsky and he was doing a demonstration for his students in which he intended to break 9 one inch slabs of concrete with one punch of his fist. While only breaking 7 slabs he had pulverized many of the small bones in his right hand. After surgery, the doctors estimated a healing time of 15 to 18 weeks. Using his mind he not only healed his hand in one third the time, he was able to restore much of the flexibility he was told he would never regain.

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I appreciate your answer and will sure check that reference which you have pointed out (y) – NullPointer Mar 23 '14 at 13:02
-1. "Using his mind he not only healed his hand [...]" This mystical mumbo-jumbo makes me sad... The rest of the answer might be accurate, I do not know. – Sardathrion Mar 24 '14 at 8:00

NullPointer, it's a parable and it's either (a) impossible or (b) just a case of the guy healing & the doctors being wrong. Just a parable; there is no single guy this is based on. I believe the lesson is a little less than what you state; that a positive attitude can help you overcome obstacles including healing, but not necessarily to do the impossible.

I did know a competitive breaker (is that a term?) who had a similar story, M.H., whose name I'll leave out since I haven't spoken to him in decades and because he's not the man you're looking for. He told me he'd smashed his hand in competition when someone slid plywood into his stack of boards. He healed and broke again, but no miracle involved.

Looking through Zen in the Martial Arts, I didn't spot that story; sorry. It's not quite related, but he does have a chapter ("Un-thinking Pain") about ignoring (or not experiencing?) pain. In that story, the great men who are ignoring pain are Yong Tae Lee (in 1975, a 7th degree tae-kwon-do master) and his [unnamed] master back in Korea.

p.s. Even if your story isn't in that book, I still recommend you get a copy!

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