Palm Power
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Wais Hakimi strikes a stack of bricks as he breaks 100 bricks in under 30 seconds at a fundraiser on Friday, October 26.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Wais Hakimi strikes a stack of bricks as he breaks 100 bricks in under 30 seconds at a fundraiser on Friday, October 26. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Karate teacher Wais Hakimi needed a way to get his students fired up for their upcoming tournaments.

The idea was to smash 100 flaming bricks in front of his Grant Line Road school on Oct. 25. But his big production flamed out before it things started heating up.

After his assistants poured kerosene over 15 stacks of garden blocks, they wouldn’t catch fire. Hakimi went ahead and shattered them anyway, reducing them to rubble in 19 seconds.

The fifth-degree black belt said he wanted to show his students what a person can accomplish with the right training and mental focus.

“It’s all in your mind. It’s not about strength,” Hakimi said. “When you focus you can do it. You need a lot of training and a lot of practice.”

Families of his students all made donations of $5 each to help pay registration fees for upcoming tournaments in November.

It will allow students who are usually left out because of costs a chance to earn competition medals.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Wais Martial Arts travels to the 2012 All California Taekwondo Championship in Vallejo, and on Nov. 10, the school will compete at the AAU Friendship Tournament XIX in San Francisco.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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