I haven't done breaking in a long long time but i used to be really in to it, i guess it is sort of a young guy kudos thing. These days i see less and less value in doing very big breaking practice, by big i mean lining up board and trying to kick or punch thorugh as many as you can. i do see some benefit in it in some way though. kinda like:
breaking single boards quickly no line up
yeah maybe to practice genrating power quickly, but lacking combinations, maybe good for conditioning hands
breaking boards with line up and getting ready
um, i guess there could be an arguement for mental conditonaing, but there are better ways of doing this i guess
breaking large amounts of boards
looks good and is an indication of power generations, but you are hitting wood or stone, that don;t really bend very mcuh before they snap. very different from hitting person
so, does anyone practice breaking as a main part of their art, what are your thoguhts on it?
also does anyone know where the breaking aspect came from? was it part of traditional practice that like so many things got specialised into a competition, or is it a fairly recent addition?