Single Finger Martial Arts Breaking Techniques

The hardest trick in all the martial arts, many hard core martial artists believe, is the single finger break. This is a break wherein you use only the outstretched, pointing finger to break…whatever you can break. Obviously, this requires diligent training, and there is a lot of risk to it.

The history of this trick is fascinating. There used to be over 50 martial artists on the island of Taiwan who could break a board with a straight finger. The reason there were so many on that island is because the Chinese killed martial artists during the great Cultural Revolution, and many martial artists found their way to the small island.

Interestingly, there weren’t enough students of the caliber needed to perpetuate this ability on that small island, and the technique is rarely heard of. You need a large population to find the few who are capable. Still, the ability to thrust a finger through a board signifies the highest ability.

I first saw the single finger break when I began training at the Kang Duk Won. The lower belts would spear their fingers into sand for a year or so, and, finally, around the time of Brown Belt,they would be able to break a board with a spear hand. By the time of black belt they would start doing push ups on less and less digits until they could do the technique with two fingers.

One day one of the upper belts, a student by the name of Ted, decided to part two boards with a spear hand. He set up the boards, focused his intention, and, broke his hand. Being rather typical of the students at the Kang Duk Won, he completed the break with his other hand.

My instructor, however, was the best when it came to doing this trick. One day one of the fellows braced himself with a piece of plywood, it was only an eighth of an inch thick, but plywood is crisscrossed. There is no grain in plywood, and you don’t want to break it unless you don’t like your fingers.

It was all a joke, until Bob (my instructor) sunk weight, twisted hips, and his finger snapped forward. The student holding the board didn’t feel anything, was not pushed away, but when he looked at the board he found that Bob had made a hole in it. Just a hole, like a bullet might make, and a feeling of incredible power leaving the room.

So, there are a lot of breaking techniques, but this is one of the most significant. If you can break a board with a single finger, or leave a hole in it, you are the top. But I always advise people to spend a lot of time and training before attempting this ultimate martial arts breaking technique of breaking a board with a single finger.

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