Tameshiwari Brick Breaking Made EasyKarate . Technique . Training notes
Tips for breaking bricks ( Tameshiwari ) as described and demonstrated by Mas Oyama.
- Prepare a hard base,
- Hold a brick on it (as shown),
- Lay a folded washcloth under the hand.
- Hold the brick with a hand sword
- Place a folded washcloth on top of the brick (as shown)
- Hit the brick with a hand sword one finger width below the holding hands position.
- The brick will be sandwiched between the base and easy to break
This is a trick described in Mas Oyama’s technical books that seems to be surprisingly unknown.
Remember breaking objects if done incorrectly can lead to serious injury. Many Schools use breaking as a psychological tool, faking the object break to increase a students confidence. I despise this practice. False confidence in the Martial Arts is more dangerous then a lack of confidence. That said, Tameshiwari, the art of breaking wood, tile, brick, and stone with the fist or the bare foot serves as a measure of the acquired strength and technique. I will write more on this topic in the coming weeks.
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