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I think there is a lot of value in it still. It has little to do with conditioning in particular - board breaking can indicate that your striking point is conditioned, but it isn't used for conditioning. Rather, it is a demonstration and test of focus and power. You can hit thin air and a bag all you want, but none of that demonstrates focus. Breaking a ...


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There was a study done by the Society of Automative Engineers that calculated the force required to break various bones by using cadavers (Vol 4, Biomechanics of Impact Injury and Injury Tolerances of the Head Neck Complex) that provided these equivalences (props to Ronin on the Bullshido forums for sourcing the data): Throat- 300 lbs of force Frontal bone ...


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We don't practise board breaking in our dojo. When asked why, our sensei will alternatively quote Bruce Lee, "Boards don't punch back" or if he's in a generous mood he'll say that being able to punch through ice may demonstrate great focus and power and courage, but it isn't helpful to be proud of hitting stationary objects hard. Any meaningful expression of ...


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Around the beginning of 2012, I spent some time online trying to locate a freely available design for a martial arts board holder. At the time there was nothing available*. So after taking some inspiration from a few commercially available compact designs (see: http://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=board+holder+martial+arts) I came up with my own. In ...



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