Michael Render (michaelrender) wrote,
Michael Render
michaelrender

Oww, My Knuckles!

So yesterday was my first attempt to break boards in Tae Kwon Do.

An orange belt gets up and punches through a board no problem. Great, I think, I am a blue belt, this should be easy.

I get up, measure my distance, and strike. My knuckles meet an unyielding wall of wood. Nothing but scraped knuckles.

I try again, same result. No broken board, but very hurt knuckles.

So Master McCray tells me to just front kick it. I try twice and no luck. I am feeling very discouraged now.

Master McCray, who is a 6th Dan Black Belt, then attempts to break my board. He throws a reverse punch - nothing! He throws a really hard punch - nothing! He does a front kick - nothing! I am starting to feel much better about myself now. He finally does this wicked back kick and breaks the board.

Master McCray then selects another board and has me try again. I am really nervous because my hand is starting to swell. But one of my reverse punches splits the board like a toothpick. My ego restored, I went home and iced my hand!
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