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Breaking Boards

Have you ever been really mad, and slammed your fist down against a table or desk - like when your Mom throws out your baseball cards or when your favorite basketball team loses in overtime. Your hand probably hurt quite a bit and you probably didn't even make a dent in the table. So how come those karate experts are able to break all those boards and concrete blocks without looking stupid and breaking their hands?

Breaking Boards in Martial Arts - The Set Up

You may have noticed that martial arts experts always set up a stack of boards or concrete blocks so they're supported only at the ends. That gives the boards or concrete lots of room to bend. When a karate guy or kung fu master makes contact, the upper part of the board squeezes together, and the bottom half stretches. That causes a crack to form which snaps the board in half. But before you think about giving a karate demonstration to your friends - you should remember that the setup is only part of the secret.

Breaking Boards in Martial Arts - Speed and Aim

The other part of the secret has to do with the speed and aim of the blow. When a black belt karate expert busts a pile of boards, their hand is moving about 46 feet per second (you probably can't move your hand more than 20 feet per second.) The expert is also hitting the boards at a very precise point with a very precise part of his hand. It takes weeks or even years of practice to know exactly where these points are - so don't try anything until you've had professional training.(And that doesn't mean watching a bunch of Jackie Chan movies.)

Breaking Boards in Martial Arts - The Bones

The bones in your hand also help make this feat possible. Scientists say the bone in your hand is 40 times stronger than concrete. Since black belts spend hours punching and kicking, the muscles and skin around their bones provide even more protection when they go one-on-one with a stack of concrete blocks. You probably never thought your hand was that strong. But once again, this doesn't make you an expert. Just like it took Pedro Martinez years to master a fast ball, it can take years to turn your hands into board breaking machines. And hopefully, by then, you won't use your "weapons" to have a temper tantrum.

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    What Would Make You Slam Down Harder?

    • An extra homework assignment.
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    • Your baseball game getting rained out.
    • Getting asked to take out the garbage when your favorite TV show is on.

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    ADRII_
    ADRII_ posted in Xtreme Sports:
    i can carry like 70 lbs or smthing  smthing around that 
    reply about 6 hours
    AwesomeIvysaurGirl34
    I have more than one!1. When the ref doesn't see something that's against the rules that the other team did. Like a handball.2. When there is this one player on your team that just is rude to every other player and hogs the ball like they can do it all. 3. When you or a team mate kicks the ball over the goal.4. When the ref says your team did something that's against the rules, but you didn't.There might be more that I forget. Lol
    reply 2 days
    TJStar234
    TJStar234 posted in Dance:
    Same. I love dancing soooooooooooooo much:):):) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
    reply 3 days
    TJStar234
    TJStar234 posted in Dance:
     I would rather prefer hip-hop.  :) It is so fun and energetic. :) :) :) :)
    reply 3 days
    Pink_Cool_Girl
    OF COURSE THEY CAN!!! TELL THAT BOY HE IS A SEXIST PIG!!!
    reply 5 days