Tameshiwari (Breaking)

Tameshiwari (Breaking)

Tameshiwari, the art of breaking wood, title, bricks, and stone with the first or the bare foot, is not the purpose of karate, but rather serves as a barometer of acquired strength and technique. Tameshiwari allows the Karateka to expend total effort and energy on an inanimate object, and successful results are indicative of one who has mastered his art.


Tameshiwari requires exceptional balance, form, concentration of spirit, and calmness. It is a challenge to the ability of the Karateka and will test the limits of his strength; He must use all the power he possesses in order to succeed at each attempt.