String Break!

Ok, ok. The title would have been a bit more apropos back in March or April. Whatever. Here’s a video of me practicing a tricky board break I saw Walter Mattson complete at a demo many years ago. He dangled his board from the tip of a sai–a bit cooler, I admit–but the basic idea’s the same.

The trick to this is to stay really loose and to only tighten your arm and first at the point of impact. A little extra recoil doesn’t hurt either. The premise behind the break is similar to Bruce Lee’s legendary one-inch punch. If you haven’t seen him perform it before, take a look!

Have you tried any tricky breaks lately? Anything that require finesse over power? Share a link or a video here!

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About moaimartialarts

Lucky enough to grow up with the martial arts, I have felt their positive influence throughout my life and am especially interested in sharing these experiences with others. I enjoy working with youth and adults to give back some of what I've received. If you would like to learn more about Uechi-Ryu/Shohei-Ryu Karate, or if you want to find people to train with, please contact me. I am the head karate instructor for the Meriden Martial Arts Club.
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2 Responses to String Break!

  1. Here’s a cool break that was stuck in the ‘ole spam filter. Provided to us courtesy of Sensei Steve Brigante!

  2. Kevin says:

    I agree that learning to stay relaxed and then tighten on impact is a great way to balance speed and strength. Also, Lee would sink his body weight on impact which created a great deal of power.

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