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How To Use Karate To Break a Board

Watch more Martial Arts Basics videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to use karate to break a board by practicing these steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Attempting to break boards is potentially dangerous and may result in injury. Try it at your own risk and use caution, especially if you are not formally trained. Step 1: Get the right wood Use a board with grain that runs the width of the board instead of the length. Tip It will take practice to gain the strength, speed, and accuracy you'll need. A plastic training board can help you before you try to break an actual board. Step 2: Get a partner Have someone hold the wood lengthwise at either end with their arms extended and feet apart, ready to take the force of the blow. Tip If you don't have a partner, set the board between two cinder blocks. Step 3: Position yourself Stand with your dominant foot forward, hand balled into a fist. Tip Visualize hitting an imaginary point a few inches behind the center of the board so you will follow through instead of stopping at the board. Step 4: Warm up Practice making several blows without actually hitting the board to warm up. Step 5: Strike Pull back your arm and tighten your core. Then strike through the board with the heel of your hand or the side of your fist. Step 6: Stack multiple boards Stack two or more boards separated by pencils and break them using the same technique. Step 7: Side kick it Learn to break the board with your foot. Execute a side kick by standing sideways, kicking your leg straight out, and landing your heel in the center of the board. Did You Know? Karate champion Leif Becker broke 415 boards in 1 minute on David Letterman's television show in 2004. He's since broken his own record with 487 boards in a single minute.
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