KENNEWICK, Wash - In just seconds a pile of 6 cement blocks are decimated by the power of one man's hand. It's the sport of breaking and the team over at Pacific Kicks in Kennewick has become pretty good at it.
Just a couple of weekends ago the team at Pacific Kicks went down to Orlando to compete in the U.S. Open World Martial Arts Championships. Four team members competed in the breaking portion, winning four events and placing in ten. But if you want to get into the sport of breaking, it's not something you can just pick up in a day.
"I've been doing it for about a year," says champion breaker John Doyle. Doyle can currently break those 6 blocks of concrete. "We sent people to the competition who have been training for about 9 months," says Pacific Kicks owner and trainer Wesley Lewellen.
And even through training, breaking takes an amazing amount of both mental and physical strength as well as confidence. "It's very empowering," says Nancy Foster-Mills. "I have this great amount of confidence through breaking."