How to break a wooden board like a karate-chopping badass

Go with the grain, says our Taekwondo wizard...

Anyone can break a wooden board with the right focus  – and if they strike it hard enough, of course. That’s according to a Taekwondo instructor who asked to remain anonymous as he'd prefer people to get lessons before they tried and potentially broke their hands. Sensible dude. But if you’re less sensible than all that…

"There are a lot of variables,” says the fifth-dan-black-belt-block-breaking-king-of-the-badasses. “It comes down to the type of wood and thickness – if it's a simple break you don't need much skill. There are things to keep in mind, like staying focused and breaking it with the grain – strike with the blade of your hand or side of your foot along the grain of the wood."

"It helps to have people who know what they're doing, to hold it right for you," says our mystery chopper, who broke his first board at age 13.

"And If you break it without failing then It becomes like driving, second nature. These days I don't really think about it."

Badassery incarnate, this guy.

First published on 19 Dec 2012. Updated on 6 Jan 2013.

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