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kchenault
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2003 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moisture content has so much to do with it. Kick or punch a dry board and it snaps like a twig. Take a green board and do the same technique and see the difference. I had to break all green(wet) boards for our break-a-thon earlier this year and it felt like I was kicking a brick. No kidding. It actually hurt to do a jump reverse kick to this board.
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sindian
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2003 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember one of my instructors telling me about this martial arts demonstration he attended. They had 6 year olds breaking multiple boards at a time with all sorts of techniques. Apparently, their school had baked the boards overnight and scored them with a knife. I wish I was there. I bet it was pretty amusing.
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karatekid1975
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2003 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My school uses rebreakable boards for testing (except for black belt tests). To me, they are a little harder to break than a real board. But I don't mind

I like breaking real wood. But like someone said earlier, the rebreakable ones are cheaper in the long run, and they save on trash and storage space.
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sk0t
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2003 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

to the people who say they can do without board breaking...

Do you use a heavy bag? Cause most people in TKD use board breaking like you use a heavy bag...for training purposes...it helps with strike placement and technique...and the more boards you use...the more powerful your techniques have to be...
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sindian
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2003 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, I never really used board breaking for training purposes. I'd do either pad work or hit around on the heavy bag. Board breaking is usually a demo type thing. I mean, breaking definitely has its uses. It teaches you how to kick through a target. It also helps with aim and concentration. Overall though, I'd say hitting a bag or some pads is probably a beter way to spend your training time.
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btroadman
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2003 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like I said before, breaking a board with the grain is something any kid could do. A lot of TKD schools train people to pull back their kicks and use restraint, so pulling out a rebreakable board once in a while wouldn't be bad to make sure they are kicking through when they need to.
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shazaam
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't actually sparring an opponent more valuable than breaking boards?
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Akima
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2003 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rebreakables are ok for practice. They'll save you trips to the home depot. They do begin to weaken over time.
I would never like to use them for testing.
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shazaam
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2003 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Akima seems to have finally slipped on this one.
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sindian
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shazaam wrote:
Isn't actually sparring an opponent more valuable than breaking boards?


Yes, but board breaking does teach a few valuable lessons.
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