Board breaking is a great way for students to demonstrate the proficiency of their strikes, display their strength, and build confidence. A strike needs to be precise in order to break a solid wooden board. This requires the student to be extremely focused and completely concentrated. They have to visualize themselves breaking the board in half and then execute that visualization. It teaches them the importance of seeing themselves achieving their goals in their mind before bringing them to fruition in the physical world. A student also must use their full power when breaking a board. If they strike with half effort they will fail. If they put the fear of physical pain out of their minds, and strike with all of their strength they will succeed. This teaches them to commit fully to anything they plan on achieving in their lives. Once they put their focus, skill, and power together they will no doubt break the board. The moment they feel the wood smash in half they know that they are strong.
The confidence gained from a student breaking a board in martial arts is priceless. This lesson will follow them through their entire lives. It will help them in school, at home with their families and in their professional lives. They will know that when they focus on something, trust in their abilities, and dedicate themselves completely they can achieve great things. At CFTP we understand the importance of this lesson and we make sure all of our students get the opportunity to break boards. We recently held boardbreaking seminars at both our Lake Shore and Clarkson locations. The students did a great job. They displayed their respective techniques on single and multiple boards. Parents were elated to see their children achieve this feat. The students who did not break boards were given their pieces of wood to take home. They were told to focus on that board, concentrate on how they would break it the next time. They will get the opportunity to bring those boards in at our next seminar, they will try their hardest to break them, and when they do they will learn one of the most important lessons in martial arts. Perseverance; if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying until you do.