I started planning our Spring Break Camp this week. As I was working on a theme for the camp, I thought about what I could do that would be fun for the kids. Board breaking is one of the most fun aspects of Martial Arts.
I remember when I first started training, I watched as the higher ranks broke boards in preparation for their upcoming belt test or at public demonstrations and was amazed at their prowess and thought, I can’t wait to do that!
When I finally achieved the minimum rank to be allowed to break, I thought, this is going to be easy because I’ve been doing everything the right way for a long time, I’ve won many trophies and passed all of my testings. As a result, I struggled with board breaking because I underestimated the accuracy, speed and penetration needed to excel. I failed to practice as much as I should throughout the cycle and didn’t break my boards at testing. During the next 8 weeks I broke boards on a daily basis and honed my skills to the point it became easy. To this day, I see the results of that practice. I am glad I put in the time and effort to make it happen.
Martial artists break boards for several reasons, most of which are practical for self defense training. First, no one likes to be hit with the full force of an accurate, technically correct hand strike or kick, as it can cause severe injury to the participants, so boards are used instead. Your sparring partner will be thankful that you perform that technique on the board instead of them!
Additionally, it's a great way to see the amazing power that can be generated by correct technique. There’s not much that compares to the satisfaction of hearing and feeling the board breaking under the force of your technique. You know when you hear that sound, that you have done it correctly.
Also, accuracy is everything in tournament competition and especially a real self defense situation. Boards are almost impossible to break with an inaccurate technique, so, it is a great way to test your skill with full speed and full power. If it doesn’t smash, then you know you need to go back to the bag, and work on your technique a little more.
There are many other benefits to breaking boards, but most of them do it simply because they can! So, that will be our theme for this year’s Spring Break Camp. We will break lots of boards and have lots fun doing it! We will have something for all ages and levels. If you are working the week of spring break, give your kids something to do where they will improve their TaeKwonDo skills, increase their self-defense ability, build their confidence and have a blast doing it! http://www.southaustintkd.com/spring-break-camp.html
Where I started my "new" beginning in martial Arts 21+ years ago. Thank You SM Richard Johnson and South Austin TKD Plus for the life as I live today!!! Would recommend this place to anyone who wants the best in Martial Arts!
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Colorado Springs, CO
Tony and I are so happy for Aidan! And we’re so incredibly proud of him. He has worked very hard and the hard work has paid off. He’s earned his Black Belt……an awesome accomplishment for him, or any other child for that matter.
It’s been a joy watching Aidan learn and grow in his confidence, skills and knowledge. And to witness Aidan demonstrate the tenets of Taekwondo in his daily life, now that’s a plus! In this day and age it’s hard enough for parents to instill the principles and values you want your children to live by. Having a team at the TKD school that supports and teaches valuable principles helps tremendously.
Aidan is here today accepting his black belt because of his perseverance. Perseverance, one of the most profound tenets of TKD in my opinion, is essential to succeed in anything you do in life that really matters to you. It means determination, persistence, never giving up.
Aidan didn’t give up…… and so here he stands today. It wasn’t easy though. There were some days when Aidan didn’t want to come to class - he was tired, was feeling unmotivated or would rather be doing something else on a particular day. Other day’s Tony and I had work schedule conflicts or WE ourselves were too tired to bring Aidan to class. We ALMOST quit once or twice because of these challenges. I think it would be safe to say that most of you have experienced what I just described, at one time or another. Don’t get discouraged, there’s hope. We’ve come to learn that it’s a normal part of the process, but it passes (as it did in our case and for many other families we’ve talked to). Thank God for giving us the hope and encouragement we needed to keep going.
Last but not least, we want to take the time to thank Mr. Johnson and his team of instructors for the countless hours and energy they put into the program for our children. Thank you for all you do…….every single one of you. We need more people like you in this world to be mentors for our children.
We’re so proud of you Aidan! Congratulations son!! We love you!!
I wanted to let you know how much my wife and I appreciate Mr. Davis' help after class this past Saturday.
As you may know our oldest son Alan has been having problems breaking his green board. Before class Saturday I asked Mr. Davis if it would be possible to have Alan attempt to break the orange board, which he has done successfully in the past, as a confidence booster. He said that would be no problem. (I should also point out I spoke to Ms. English about this approach after Friday night's class and she felt like it would be no problem to try this approach.) True to his word, as class ended, he took Alan aside and worked with him for about 10 minutes. Not only did he have him break his orange board, he focused on Alan's technique and identified a couple of areas Alan needed to work on, e.g., keeping his eyes on the target & relaxing his arm. During that time Alan not only broke the orange board, but was able to break the green board with both of his techniques.
I'm sure this approach...breaking a previous board to boost one's confidence...is not a novel one, but it was great to hear from two of your staff their willingness to accommodate such a request and to see it in-play. Time and time again your staff as shown how much they do care about the kids and their success.
David & Mae Carter
Tae Kwon Do Plus