View Full Version : Techniques for Tameshiwari in Tournament
10-14-2007, 08:37 PM
Tameshiwari is often required in big tournaments to determine a winner after a couple of extensions and both fighters have less than 10kg weight difference then a fighter with more tameshiwari(more boards broken) is declared as a winner.
Main fight - > extension(s) -> Check weight(if there is over 10kg difference) -> check number of tameshiwari
4 types of Tameshiwaris
- Seiken (bare knucle)
- Sokutou (foot, kakato)
- Hiji (elbow)
- Shutou (side of hand)
For those that have experienced "Tameshiwari" what are the tips?
10-15-2007, 06:03 AM
I think first of all you need to toughen the required body parts.
Put all your body weight behind the strike and strike all the way through the board. Breathe in before you strike and be calm, and when you are ready to strike breathe out and explode 110% onto the boards.
As for a tournament, I think the most important thing is to know the right number for you. Some people are too ambitious and at the end what they get is three boards. Also some people get their hands injured in the tameshwari so you need to listen to your body and do not rush. Good Kumite is always more important than good Tameshiwari in a tournament.
10-15-2007, 08:13 AM
The first thing is to practice beforehand and build up the amount over time. Check with the tournament organisers what the breaks will be and ensure you have the correct wood.
10-15-2007, 03:41 PM
Just a quick question to Bloke's comment about the wood.
Are the thickness standardized, or is that a variable to take into consideration also?
What are the usual givens for the wood? (thickness, type of wood, etc.)
10-15-2007, 03:53 PM
As far As I know the wood should be one inch thick Piranha Pine. As to the exact dimensions other than that I cant recall although I suspect its 12 by 10.
10-16-2007, 02:00 PM
In Australia we use radiata pine.
It really, really helps if you get it a number of weeks before the required date, and bake it outside in the sun to get it really, really dry.
If you can't do that, bake/dry it gently in your oven. Whatever you do, don't try tameshiwari on damp wood.
10-16-2007, 06:46 PM
Something that everyone may not be aware of or not think about (bloke touched a bit).
Checking the boards before you take on the task of breaking... view them from all sides, make sure that they are all placed with the grain going in the same direction and aren't green.
I was at a KD tourney in Canada once and they set me up with misdirected and green boards........ also sitting poorly.
Make sure that the coach and/or judge does the corrections and touch inspection. Make sure that you ask them to reset, lift, replace etc the boards.
And yes forget pride, break the minimal amount needed and keep healthy for the fighting!
A smart fighter will taunt the other fighters about the amount of boards they are going to break to get them to pump #'s up, as will they give you candy or gum things like that... Be aware of tricks.
10-17-2007, 10:20 AM
Spirit is right
If you are not happy with the boards for whatever reason ask for them to be replaced - this shouldnt be an issue. If you dont ask and go for the break you may dwell on the fact you dont like the curvature of the board or how its sititng or whatever and that will mean your mind is not focussed.