World Records For Board Breaking and Brick Breaking
WORLD RECORD LIST
Claims for breaking bricks and wooden blocks are unsatisfactory
because of the lack of any agreed standards upon which comparisons can
be made of friability and the spacing of fulcrums.
quoted from an old edition of the Guinness Book of Records
The main problem for such records is that there are too much
different bricks, wooden blocks etc. Maybe it is possible to define
"standard bricks" used for a record. However, who can be sure that
"standard bricks" are still available 10 years later - in the U.S.A as
well as in Australia, Russia or Japan? (But this would be essential for
defining rules for accepted world records.)
Because there is no official authority for verifying these records,
there is a lot of persons who claims to be a world record holder.
Everyone of them is an excellent athlete. However, it is impossible to
find the undisputed champion.
Information about records in this field are welcome (to email@example.com),
please specify the standards and rules of the attempt as detailled as
possible. However, because of the problems for definding standards, it
is very unlikely that a record claim can be accepted as an official
Such attempts are very dangerous. They should NEVER be
made by unexperienced persons!
These records, achieved under strict rules, have been verified:
Head Board Breaking, 30 Seconds
Kevin M. Shelley (USA) broke 31 boards on his forehead on 16 August
1999. The boards were 30.5 cm (12 in) wide by 30.5 cm (12
tall by 2,5 cm (1 in) thick made of #3 pine. The boards were
handed to him by assistants. They must be broken singly and clearly
broken and spacers are not an option. The breaker has thirty seconds in
which to break as many as possible.
Previous record holder was Jonathan K. Marden with 29 boards on 24
Board Breaking, One Minute
The record is for the greatest number of martial arts boards smashed
in one minute with the hand
- This record should only be undertaken by martial arts
practitioners, stunts men/women or similar
- The boards used should be either standard martial arts boards
from a martial arts supplier or pine boards direct from a timber
supplier. Boards should be between 1.9 cm (3/4 inch) and 2.5cm (1
inch) in thickness and must be 10 inches long and 8 inches wide.
Details of the type of boards used in the attempt should be submitted
with the record claim.
- All the boards used must be inspected by the independent
witnesses prior to the attempt to certify that all the boards to be
in the attempt are sound.
- The boards to be broken should be arranged either by the
challenger or by stewards, but in either case the arrangement of the
boards should be overseen by the witnesses.
- Both ends of the boards should be resting on concrete blocks. The
boards should be at least about 15cm (6 inches) off the ground.
- It is recommended that suitable padding be used on the ground or
concrete blocks as appropriate.
- Boards may be stacked in piles with a maximum thickness of four
boards in any one pile.
- The piles of boards may be arranged in any manner suitable to the
attempt, e.g. in a single line or in several lines. A description of
manner in which the boards were arranged for the attempt should be
submitted with the record claim.
- The number of boards laid out for the attempt should be counted
before the attempt begins.
- Boards/piles of boards may be broken in any order but the
competitor must use the same hand throughout the attempt.
- The competitor's hand may be strapped to prevent splintering.
- When each board in a pile of boards is judged to be broken all
the way through, that pile may be replaced by fresh unbroken boards by
- After the attempt, the witnesses should examine each board to
judge whether it has been broken all the way through. Only those boards
judged to have been broken all the way through count towards the total.
- Stewards should ideally be martial arts practitioners or similar.
- An experienced timekeeper should be present throughout the
- Prior to the attempt the contestant must sign a waiver.
- It is recommended that fully qualified medical assistance should
be present throughout the attempt.
- The name of the person making the attempt should be given, along
with the date and place of the record attempt
- Both witnesses should be martial arts practitioners, or similar
|William Muzzy (USA)
|Mike Reeves (USA)
||30 July 1999 at ISKA World
| Mike Reeves (USA)
||US Open World Karate
Championships 2002 (ISKA), held at the Contemporary Hotel in Walt
|Leif Becker (USA)
||"Late Night with David
Letterman" on 26 May 2004
|Leif Becker (USA)
||Black Belt Magazine' Expo, Los
Angeles on 30 July 2005
Record holder Mike Reeve's video can be ordered here.
Board Breaking, One Hour
On 10 May 2003, Bob Knight (USA) broke 3,014 1 in. x 12 in. x 9 in.
pine board in less than one hour (exactly in 53 minutes, when he ran
out of boards), breaking the old record of 2,897 by
Greg Ryman (USA).
Speed Brick Breaking, One Minute
Record holder according to the WSBBA
rules (using cement slabs of 1 in x 8 in x 16 in, supported by cinder
block with no greater than 1/4 in spacers between bricks) is Kevin
Taylor (USA) who broke 584 cement bricks in 57.5 seconds
on 4 August 2007 at Metro Beach Metropark in Mount Clemens. [VIDEO] He was also the
previous record holder with 411 bricks in 54.8 seconds at the
Battle of Detroit World Martial Arts Championship, Birch Run, Michigan
on March 25, 2006.
Cement Blocks, One Minute
Larry Fields (USA) broke 354 cement patio blocks (8 in X 16 in X 2 in)
in one minute with his elbows
Kansas City on April 3, 2004
Fernando Camareno (USA) from Bergamo's Team Schick Quatro
broke 468 cements bricks [1 in x 6 in x 8 in] on 50 stations
with spacers in 1 minute with
one hand on 12 March 2007.
Cement Slabs Breaking, Most
specification of the cement slabs: 16 inches in length 8 inches in
width and 2 inches thick with a strength of 23 MPa
|Bruce Haynes (Australia)
||22 March 1998 in Sydney
|both Colin M. Thompson (USA) and
Drew Serrano (USA) from Bergamo's
||US Open Martial Arts
Championships 2004 , July 2004, Disney World Orlando
Concrete Block Smashing
Dan Netherland (USA) broke 55 concrete blocks [76.2 cm x 20.3
cm x 7.3 cm (20 in x 8 in x 2.9 in) thick, 50 lb each, arranged
in 10 stacks from one to ten blocks, separated by spacers] by hand in
17.45 sec on 26 February 2003, at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in
Gatlinburg (USA). DETAILS
New record claim (not yet verified): On 7 May 2005, Michael
Tippett (USA) of the Arrowhead
Martial Arts Academy in Glendale Az broke 110 concrete blocks
[measuring 23 in x 8 in x 2.7 in] in 14.65 seconds. staked in 2 x 10
stacks from one to ten blocks separated by spacers.
Muhamed Kahrimanovic (Germany)
broke 11 wooden boards (each 300 mm x 250 mm x 18 mm, not
separated by spacers) using his hand on 20 September 2008 at a contest
sanctioned by the European
Taekwondo Federation in Dinslaken (Germany)
previous record: Thomas
(Germany) 8 boards, 23 September 2006 at the ETF
Tae-Kwon-Do & Martial Arts Championships in Kaltenkirchen
Breaking Coco-Nuts, One Minute
Muhamed Kahrimanovic (Germany)
broke 111 coco-nuts by hand in one minute at Circus Krone in Munich,
Germany, on 10 July 2010.
Highest Martial Arts Kick
Christophe Pinna (France) broke a 2.5 cm (1 in) board 3.03 m
ft 11 1/4 in) above ground level, on 30 June
The female record holder is Nicole Peter (Germany) with 2.42 m,
achieved at the Euro Cup of the European
Taekwondo Federation held on 20 September 2008 in Dinslaken
Just for your information, here are some other record claims.
In general, these are no official records because there are no
standards of the quality of roof tiles, concrete blocks etc.
- boards: 70 one-inch-thick pine boards in 8.4 seconds
- boards: Mike Reeves (USA) broke 100 boards in 7.07 seconds on the
TV show "Good Morning America" in Oct. 2004 (with shuto strike).
- boards: 1534 in 10 minutes and twelve seconds at "Ripleys Believe
It Or Not" in Orlando (USA) in Oct. 2004
- roof tiles: 32 in a single stroke
- roof tiles: 101 in 21 seconds (with fist, hand, elbow, foot and
- roof tiles: 105 in 9.60 seconds
- roof tiles: 200 (1.3 cm thick) in 50.28 seconds
- roof tiles: 14 with touch-break
- roof tiles: 2000 broken in 5:37 minutes
- concrete slabs: 13 in a single stroke
- concrete slabs: 1.5 tons broken in 14 seconds
- concrete slabs: 84 (total heigh: 4.20 m) in 20,1 sec
- concrete slabs: a pile of 16 (each 30 cm thick), separated by
spacers 7 cm thick
- concrete slabs: 22 concrete blocks (1/2 in
thick, separated by spacers 1/4 in thick)
- concrete slabs: 400 (each weighting 2.5 kg) in 50.69 seconds
- concrete slabs: 100 (each weighting 2.5 kg) in 7.2 seconds
- bricks (most, no spacers): 16 (DETAILS)
- bricks: 199 within one minute (DETAILS)
- bricks: 151 within 25 seconds with Gyaku Tzuki (DETAILS)
- bricks (50 cm x 30 cm x 5 cm): 250 in 20.1 seconds
- bricks: 8 in a single stroke under water
- ice blocks (10 cm thick): 12 in a single stroke
- ice blocks: 90 in 1:00,5 min (DETAILS)
- ice blocks: 15, using the forehand, in 20 seconds
Products and ressources in
United States Breaking Assocation,
World Speed Brick Breaking Association,
"Karate Breaking Techniques" (can be ordered online),
"The Complete Art of Breaking" (can be ordered online)
"Taekwondo Power Breaking" (can be ordered online),
"Karate Breaking" by world record breaker Mike Reeves (can be ordered
"Power Breaking" by world record breaker Mike Reeves (can be ordered
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