Breaking bricks with your hands are a way to test how powerful and conditioned your hands are. It is also about overcoming mental limits in your mind by literally breaking barriers.
You will want to be well conditioned before attempting to break a brick. Typically this involves a lot of hard qigong through Iron Palm Training.
Iron Palm training hardens the bones and toughens the skin so they are capable of breaking extremely hard surfaces, like stone and brick.
The video above demonstrates a more difficult style of brick breaking, which is taught by Master Wang. This is to test how explosive your strikes are, rather than about generating force.
If your strikes are not explosive enough, the brick will simply catapult off the ledge. It requires more skill and concentration.
There are easier methods to start with. The easiest method is to hold a brick over an edge, and hold it down with one hand. As you are holding it down, you focus and concentrate, then swing your other hand down hard on the top of the brick.
The way to train and prepare to break a brick is as follows...
What is "fa jin"?
This question perplexes many martial art students. How do you develop it? How is it applied? Does it exist?
Before getting into explaining it, I will share an experience about how I discovered it by getting rocked on my heels.
About the blog
Luke Siljander began training with Master Wang in 2007. He and Master Wang want to share the value of Kung Fu.
Kung Fu is about the application of hard work throughout your life to better yourself and to gain mastery over your body and mind.