What type of wood is used for board breaking in martial arts? 0comments
thread starter published in 2009-01-10 11:12:12
What type of wood is it?
Is it pine? Is it oak?
Are the boards made of softwood or hardwood?
All I know is that the wood is not balsa wood - that is too soft!
1 inch pine boards will do the trick. But my master taught me to break using "pichipen" wood which is a wood from a puertorrican tree. It is similar to oak and it is very hard.
Breaking a 1 inch board of this wood is equivalent to breaking 2 pine boards. Lots of luck and practice.
Tip: If you practice the technique right you do not have to be breaking boards all the time. Just visualize and practice the technique.
We use #2 or #1 pine depending on what is the cheapest to get. We have used #3 in the past but it is rare to find today. We have also puchased and broken the Paluwan boards from Tiger Claw and they are ok but too easy to break. We also break concrete tiles and baseball bats but the wood is the cheapest and easies to learn on.
We use 12" planks of 1" pine. The difference between adults and kids is the width of the wood. Adults get 10-12" widths. Kids get anywhere from 2-8" depending on their age and experience. I've even brought in some 1" wide scraps for some of our littlest kids just to be sure that they were able to break something in class.
My husband is in Karate and is also a construction worker. He makes the boards for board breaking and they use Pine.
1" pine boards. for kids you can use thinner boards.
in TKD 1 inch pine boards are used for destruction technique.
The same kind of wood that randomly attacks people "on the street".
when I started karate as a kid we used 1-2 inch pine
I take taekwondo and we use softwood pine
Say what I think