Sensei Lorenzo AguonUeshiro Hawaii Karate Dojo
Atemi-Waza (Breaking Technique)
SHORIN-RYU Okinawan Karate Question and Answer Book (Red
Book) Page 78
Under our Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate U.S.A. Belt System,
when a student tests for Green Belt (Yon-Kyu), the general
summary of test requirements include the third kata plus
basic fighting skills plus simple breaking techniques.
Some key points to remember when first introduced to "Atemi-Waza"
1. Focus on breaking through your target. A common mistake
is stopping the technique at the point of impact. This can
lead to an improper break resulting in injury of the hand
or simply not having a successful break. During the 50th
anniversary celebration, Hanshi reminded those doing breaks
to finish through their bricks almost touching the floor
2. Accelerate through your target. A common mistake is a
lack of speed or not giving 100% to break through a brick/board.
When asked to punch through a piece of paper or a piece
of wood, one should treat both the same. In a life or death
situation, we accelerate through our opponent with a finishing
strike. Strike Fast!
Below is a link to videos of simple board breaks. The files
are in the Windows Movie File format (.wmv)
You will see simple breaking techniques using Kentsui-uchi
(hammerfist), Chudan-zuki (ChestPunch), and two variations
of the Shuto (knife-hand) strike.
As noted by Hanshi, when a Green Belt first attempts a break,
we ask the students to use the "SHUTO" hand for
breaking. This can be seen in the "Shuto Break 02"
Domo Arigato and Aloha,
Sensei Lorenzo Aguon
Ueshiro Hawaii Karate Dojo