Breaking or destruction as it’s sometimes known is a way for a Taekwon-Do student to test the accuracy and power of their techniques. By breaking wood, tiles, bricks or rebreakable plastic breaker boards the examiner can measure the student’s accuracy, focus, technique, power and commitment.
The purpose of breaking is to teach the student the importance of using the correct attacking tool (part of foot, hand or elbow ) and having belief in their own techniques destructive power.
Grading Power Tests
Students will have Power as part of their syllabus. Younger students will show their power on pads. The choice is always offered to the younger student, whether to show their techniques on a strike shield pad or to physically break a plastic rebreakable board. There is no difference in marks awarded for either option and is down to the student’s personal choice. Students of secondary school age will break to grade. The breaking process is as follows.
Competition Power Test
You should perform with the same rules as a grading power test but you only get one chance to break. There are 2 main ways that a competition is won.
At some competitions there may be a separate categories for hand and foot.