Power Breaking


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  1. Power Tiles Elbow
  2. Creative


Division: Power Tiles

Men – 3 Weight Divisions

  • 75kg and under
  • >75 – 90kg
  • Over 90kg

Women – 3 Weight Divisions

  • 60kg and under
  • >60 – 70kg
  • Over 70kg


Description: Competitors will break concrete roof tiles with one downward hand or arm STRIKE.

Scoring Criteria: Scoring will be based on the number of tiles broken on the first and only strike.


Additional Rules:

  • There is a 10-minute time limit from the time the first team member steps on the stage. The competitors will receive three warnings indicating elapsed time. The first warning will be given at 4 minutes. The second warning will be given at 8 minutes. The third warning will be given at 9 minutes. There will be an automatic disqualification if the break has not been executed in the allotted time.
  • Setup and immediate clean-up must be provided by competitor and assistants.
  • Any hand or arm technique may be used. Strikes must be delivered in a downward motion. The competitor will be allowed to raise himself vertically in front of the stack and then striking downwards. The competitor may NOT run in or jump forward towards the stack. One foot may be placed forward in this action. There is no high limit to the vertical motion before striking the stack. The attempt to break must be performed with a STRIKE and not a push through the tiles.
  • Material for Power breaking will be concrete roof tiles. The used tiles have a flat top surface as to provide a smooth striking are. Tiles must be stacked lying horizontally in a vertical column supported equally on each end on H-Blocks or a specially designed frame. Each tile will have a 9mm wood spacer on the side opposite the tiles natural holding edge. The space between the H-blocks or stand must be 235mm and will be measured with each new setup. The top tile may be covered with a denim cloth to prevent skin cuts.
  • Ties will be broken by determining which competitor broke the largest percentage of slabs that were set up (i.e. a competitor who breaks 12 of 13 would win over a competitor who broke 12 of 15).
  • In the event of a tie, competitors will re-break with intent to win and not to play safe. In the event of a second tie, the competitor with the lowest weight will win.
  • Only ties for 1st place will re-break. In the event of a tie for 2nd place, two 2nd places will be awarded.
  • The breaking stations will be allocated to the lowest experienced fighter first. The previous year’s winner will have the opportunity to break last.
  • NEW: All competitors from one division will have a chance to communicate their attempted count of tiles to the referee and the other competitors. They will then have a FINAL opportunity to adjust their tile counts in order to be competitive. These numbers will then be written onto a large white board. Once this has been done, no one in that division can change or alter their count of tiles that they will attempt to break. It is therefore imperative that each competitor is prepared to push his limits and know his abilities.



Division: Creative

Men – 3 Weight Divisions

  • 75kg and under
  • 76 – 90kg
  • Over 90kg

Women – 2 Weight Divisions

  • 65kg and under
  • Over 65kg


Description: Competitors will perform a creative display of breaking skills executed in multiple directions, using multiple weapons (limbs) and multiple materials.

Scoring Criteria: The Creative Breaking Division will be judged on the following 5 criteria points

  • Creativity: Were the breaks are unique in design and presented in a creative or innovative fashion? Judges will be looking for each competitor to bring their own unique signature breaks to their CREATIVE routine. They will evaluate and score creativity based on the competitor being original in his/her ideas.
  • Variety: Did the breaking demonstration feature a variety of techniques, directions, materials, and methods?
  • Degree of Difficulty: Within the demonstration, how difficult was each break or breaking sequence (without consideration for quantity)?
  • Realism: Was the demonstration performed with a rhythm and flow that is dynamic and exciting?
  • Quantity: This evaluates the volume of materials broken with each strike, or during the demonstration as a whole.
  • Crowd participation: Did the competitor encourage crowd participation and excitement?

Note: The combined qualities of Creativity, Fluidity, Variety, Degree of Difficulty and Realism are weighed more heavily than Quantity in evaluating a Creative Breaking performance.

Note: Missed breaks should lead to scoring deductions, but only in an inverse relation to the difficulty of the break that was attempted. Missed breaks that are then broken immediately with a fluid follow-up breaking strike should not cause as large a deduction.

Additional Rules:

  1. Setup and immediate clean up must be provided by competitor and assistants.
  2. There will be a total of 12 minutes for set up, break, and clean up.
  3. Time begins from the moment the 1st team member steps on stage.
  4. A degree of grace will be considered by the NMA-ISKA commissioner on the day for first time competitors struggling with their setup. This request must however fall within reasonable boundaries.
  5. The actual breaking demonstration will last no longer than 3 minutes and will feature no more than 5 breaking stations. Each breaking station will consist of no more than 3 breaks (exception:  Stations that demonstrate the quick breaking of material in multiple directions, using live holders may consist of no more than 4 breaks.) No less than 4 stations with 2 breaks per station will be allowed.
  6. A missed or incomplete break followed by another attempt at the same break shall count as only one break.
  7. Two or more breaking strikes executed simultaneously shall count as only one break.
  8. Total point deduction will come off of total score from total number of judges.
  9. Breaking material that leaves the stage in a dangerous fashion may be grounds for penalization or disqualification. The decision to disqualify a competitor will be made by the NMA-ISKA Chairman and Breaking commissioner. Factors such as velocity and distance the material travels off the stage will be considered as well as whether or not anyone is struck by materials leaving stage.
  10. Competitor must purchase all cement roof tiles and pine breaking boards from the NMA-ISKA in advance. The competitor must provide all other materials.
  11. All materials provided by the competitor must be safe. NO glass or fire permitted. NO materials are allowed that may potentially injure surrounding individuals.