The Broncos Drop the Hammer

The Boise State Broncos

I am rooting for the local team, the Boise State Broncos, to win in tonight’s Fiesta Bowl.

“What does this have to do with the martial arts?” you ask.

Note that in the photo number 40, Richie Brockel, is carrying a sledge hammer. People intuitively sense that the long, heavy weapon is powerful.

Now imagine the same photo with Richie carrying a 28 inch rattan stick. –It just doesn’t resonate with the viewer. A short stick would not be effective as a symbol of power and dominance.

By the way, the sledge hammer is too heavy and too slow to be effective as a weapon, but a sledge handle is a great combination of heft, yet relatively light weight, and durability. Keep in mind that a sledge handle is designed to take punishment. Try one out at your local hardware store, like Lowe’s, where you can have the sledge cut and trimmed for free.


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