I can be a polarizing person. Lets face it…not many men my age can do what I do. I’m not afraid to put myself on blast. I’ve blogged extensively about my weight loss transformation from a fat slovenly load into well…essentially the baddest 52 year old on earth. I did not start training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu until I was 42 and within two years won a World Championship in Brazil. I did not start climbing until I was 50 and have climbed Mt. Washington three times. I rock and ice climb as well. I was just promoted to Sixth Degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate after training in the art for over 20 years. I weight train at least 3-4 times weekly and am in pretty damn good shape for a man of any age. I get so much hate mail and nasty comments I’ve decided to make a separate category on the blog so you can read them and hopefully enjoy them as much as I do! My reply to my growing legion of haters is a quote from George Bernard Shaw “Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.”
Regarding my video of my fire board break on YouTube. The following are from Reddit members (not edited for spelling or proper use of the English language):
now try it without the separators between the boards. Those “special” karate boards are cut so that the grain follows the direction of the hit, it’s not hard to break them. My 11year old sister can do it. this is far more impressive
Even taking out the separation doesn’t do a ton if you make sure the grain on every board is going the same direction.As for “special” karate boards… I mean, they’re just pine. The wood naturally has a grain that runs in one direction through the plank. What helps more is making sure the grain goes the short way along the wood.
Looks cool, but this is basically just breaking three boards. The fire adds a visual effect and an illusion of danger, but at the speed you move to break a board you’re not really in danger of burning yourself – similar to how you can pass your hand through a candle flame.If anything, the fire may even weaken the wood and make it easier to break, but that might be a stretch.
I have the confidence to tear a piece of paper in public place, it doesn’t make any better at being a martial artist
in case you already had trouble breaking a couple of thin pine boards with spacers, we’ve made them even weaker by lighting them on fire. you’re welcome.
I would love to run around to all the McDojo’s and replace the cheap ass wood they break with something like purpleheart.
Wooow. That was silly.
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