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Give the kick forward momentum and keep your balance by driving the heel of your standing foot into the ground. your next move is a no brainer…. The wood should begin to splinter. Subscribe to Art of Manliness by RSS or email to get your FREE guide to being a gentleman in 2008. drive the heel of your foot into the door.icio. Today most doors are made of soft wood and are hollow. Kicking a door down is best employed on a door that swings away from you. They should give way fairly easily. It is better to call a locksmith. 2 of 8 03/03/2009 10:09 . or attempt to crawl in a window. Featured. This technique may be uber-manly. Kick to the side of where the lock is mounted (near the keyhole). It will damage the door and cost you lots of money to fix it. Just keep on kicking until the door gives way and you can save the day.run at the door shoulder first. I locked myself out of my apartment many years ago and attempted to break the door in. Avoid jump kicks. Zero success . It is better to employ a more forceful and well placed kick. Check to see which way the door opens by checking the hinges. you’ve got to break it down! Or perhaps a loved one is stricken with a medical emergency and is locked inside a room or in their house. Share and Enjoy: Why not sign up for updates? Here's what you're missing out on! How To Survive and Thrive In a Street Fight in 8 Simple Steps 10 Manly Feats of Strength Bartitsu: The Martial Art of Gentlemen Spark Up Your Marriage: 4 Ways to Date Your Wife All Over Again Do More Than One Stinking Pull-Up Written by Brett & Kate McKay · Filed Under Blog. dammit! Break down that door! You know you’ve always wanted to. Older. jumping diminishes your stability which causes you to lose power. This is typically the weakest part of the door. If you liked this article. Or your loved ones are in a burning house and you’re locked out. It isn’t as easy as it seems in the movies.com/2008/04/08/how-to-break-down-a-door/ Alright. kicking it down is going to be next to impossible. but it will probably dislocate your shoulder. please bookmark it on del. Manly Skills Ads by Google Door Interior Door Anti Fire Door Interior Ideas Comments 48 Responses to “How To Break Down A Door” 1. Julian Gall on April 8th. While you may be tempted to employ this manly move. Don’t kick the lock itself. 74 diggs digg it How to break down a door If you have watched enough movies. right? Wrong. But let’s say it’s an emergency. I�d appreciate it.fortunately no one was looking. If the door opens towards you. You’re in a burning house and you need to escape and the door is on fire.Knocking Down a Door | The Art of Manliness http://artofmanliness.us or vote for it on Digg. You can’t stand there fiddling with the lock. What to do? Be a man. this could break your foot. completely solid doors will prove more resistant. pick the lock. Have you actually done it or have you just made this up? 2. especially since the lock’s deadlock bolt extends only an inch or less into the door frame. Using a front kick. 2008 10:40 pm I think you should tell us whether you’ve ever tried this. let’s get this out of the way first: kicking down a door is not the best option for opening a locked door.
Two things… I kicked on the side with the hinges and it caved with my first kick. 2008 1:46 am Great. This is why the mule kick listed above works so well. Shaze on April 9th. Now what I really want (need) to know is how to cut through a bicycle lock. your target isn’t the surface of what you are trying to hit. most people have the problem that they choose the door as thier target and only kick the surface. I don’t think one kick is going to do it. The door lock is the strongest part on that side. Many blessings to all. I found that screws tear out of the wood rather easily. your target isn’t the face it’s self. now I wish I had a door that I could afford kicking down :p 3. the leg is able to absorb more of the shock without causing the foot to flex. 90% of the time. Most exterior doors are thicker and reinforced for strength. 2008 7:42 am This might be effective when applied to the right situation. kick solid objects. 10-20 maybe. The weakest part is actually the top (and bottom) corner opposite the hinges. 2008 3:54 pm “This is typically the weakest part of the door. If you put the pressure on the top or bottom corner. very lost key. 2008 12:16 pm My exterior door most definitely would succumb to a well-placed kick.com/2008/04/08/how-to-break-down-a-door/ Stian on April 9th. It is a heel kick that is part of the Pankration martial arts. It was locked and the only way in was breaking it down. However a front kick is more accurate and capable of generating more force. and best part is it takes about a minute to bust through any lock/deadbolt. for those occasions when Bruce Lee tactics don’t work or aren’t appropriate. 2008 12:03 pm When using a front kick. Using this kick. My 3 year old daughter loves to launch her whole body at it and try and break it down… The sad thing is if she could just launch her body a little higher she’d probably successfully break it open. too. 2008 5:12 am How about a follow-up post on how to pick a lock? You know. One of those uber-strong theft-proof spiral cord locks. but it is the only area on that side with solid but breakable resistance. Since the heel is in line with the leg. In the case of a punch to the face. 2008 5:04 pm I have broken down a door. 8. Matt on April 9th. 10. 2008 11:26 am In my line of work I have kicked a lot of doors. you don’t stop the kick on the surface. Besides interior doors with locks are easity opened with a screwdriver. This is a tip from Bruce Lee also for punching. 9. the force will push the door back but will also distribute through the surface of the door. like doors. but behind the surface. With the door you want to try to kick THROUGH the door. maybe some James Bond will do? 5. with your heel. With your back facing the door. 2008 12:26 pm Just carry around a bump key. Our bicycle has been locked on our balcony since last summer thanks to a very. you can easily hyper extend your foot and be in a lot of pain. 12. Completely safe for work. 11. Art Gonzalez Check my Squidoo Lens at: Quantum Knights 6. 2008 3:28 am Only interior doors are soft and hollow. this will do nothing but make you look foolish. Chris 4. I can splinter a door jam on a solid door with 3 or fewer kicks. If you land this kick closer to the toe. Art Gonzalez on April 9th. Shannon C on April 9th. Another piece of information to take to heart is. As with a well places punch.com/watch?v=aPvJHIyFTII 7. the jamb will split in 1 or 2 kicks. the face is just in the way. The best way I have found is a mule kick. very. 3 of 8 03/03/2009 10:09 . 2008 7:16 am An additional tip is to imagine the impact of your kick being around 30 or 40 centimeters further away. They’re cheap and accessible from almost any locksmith. not just the doors surface.Knocking Down a Door | The Art of Manliness http://artofmanliness. http://www. you kick backwards and aim about six inches to the side of the handle and lock. but the back of the skull.youtube. Alessandro on April 9th. Using this method lessens the chances of hyper-extending your knee. Terry on April 9th. The url links to a video from Discovery’s The Human Weapon. Kick near the lock and the force is put where you want it: with the resistance from the lock (the door will not “give” and distribute the force into the rest of the door). Dave on April 9th. knytfyre on April 9th. but actually 3-4 inches behind it.” It’s not. Jim on April 9th. being turned away from your target. Chris on April 9th.
26. 2008 8:42 pm Man I shouldn’t have read this right before bed…now I am going to dream of kicking down doors. and wake up tomorrow looking for the chance to do it. Use an axe for those. In the end though the door had to be replaced (I get to pay for it). and sharing your experiences kicking down doors. Jeff on April 10th. I did everything I could to reach him but no luck. The first went on the first kick. and door frame were all twisted. so I also front-kicked the area next to the lock and blasted it open on first try. Albert | UrbanMonk. I used the shoulder ram technique and while the door opened. If you do it right. Jason on April 10th. 18. If you weight-train. especially when they soaked up water and expanded. Thumbs up! 14. 23. 20.Knocking Down a Door | The Art of Manliness http://artofmanliness. 2008 8:56 am Good post and interesting responses. The door knob lock deformed & shot out of the door. 2008 2:38 pm My 2 year old daughter locked herself into a public bathroom–steel door. Ryan on April 22nd. contributions. 17. 2008 7:01 pm Last Friday night I locked myself out of my apt and couldn’t get a hold of my roommate. Apt management replaced the door =D. I tried to kick open a door of a house that was on fire as a teen. 15. 2008 6:23 pm I loved this post . but couldn’t do it.both for the practical value and also because I couldn’t imagine another blog posting stuff like this. The steel door. The second time it took 3 kicks. 25. trapping me in the locker room. LightningCrash on April 22nd.com/2008/04/08/how-to-break-down-a-door/ Second. Shan from NY on April 18th. Unfortunately I did a crappy job of putting the lock back in and had to have my landlord fix it for me the next day so I could get OUT of my apt.Net on April 9th. You wouldn’t have any success kicking through the ones that I dealt with. I’ve learned some new things. Ridiculous post. steel frame. @Everyone else Thanks for the comments. 2008 12:19 pm I’ve kicked down two doors in my life. Brett on April 9th. its easy. 19. it just swung open and the only damage was to the lock itself. The door didnt even break. 2008 6:48 pm Freaking common sense tips secondary to basic physics. Some guy on April 10th. A neighbor came by and broke the door down shortly afterwards. 2008 5:50 pm I kicked in a dozen or so doors in my house in New Orleans after Katrina. The area around the lock was completely destroyed but the door flew open. 1st was an old solid wooden bathroom door. it hurt like hell the next few days. I wasn’t waiting around (alone in the gym on a snowy evening). and front-kicked the area next to the lock. 2008 11:27 am Jason. but now I’ve got it just in case. The pin (im not sure if thats what its called but its the bar that stops the door from opening) flew out into the room. I assume your daughter was okay? Well. lock. 2008 9:48 pm makes me wonder if Chuck Norris wouldn’t have written the same thing on his blog… 16. but the locks were intact and are now being used on the new door. The lock stuck. and none of them were easy. GUNNY HARTMAN on April 16th. Very invigorating hehe. Danke! 22. Good skill to have. gave me a good chuckle. I used the shoulder ram technique and 3 hits and 15 seconds later the door swung open and I was in. 2008 10:38 am I had to break down about 30 doors when I was working in New Orleans (for various reasons). Her mother went to find an attendant with a key and everything was cool until my daughter stopped answering me. this article seems to echo my own experience quite accurately. 13. I can’t say how much it would’ve hurt if I was sober though). So I gave it a shot. No bruises or pain of any kind the next day (it obviously didn’t hurt at the time either because I was drunk. I hope to not have to use this skill. 21. Some of the real solid doors were tough. yet often overlooked man skills. 2nd was a steel door at the gym. 4 of 8 03/03/2009 10:09 . Mark Million on April 10th. 2008 5:36 am I’ve broken down 2 doors in my life. So since I was drunk I decided I would just try to break it down. Ed on April 10th. Gdub on April 16th. 2008 8:55 pm @ Albert Thanks! That’s what we’re here for-discussing important. Father-in-law tried to break it open in vain. cory huff on April 9th. it cost less than a dollar to fix. Other than that. make sure to do your squats! 24.
Furthermore. Also. Kicking is undoubtedly the proper technique.Knocking Down a Door | The Art of Manliness http://artofmanliness. be aware that kicking in a door can be extremely damaging to your knees and body if you fail or do it incorrectly. you want to kick directly under the handle/lock. The shoulder is a soft object and usually it will give before the door does. 2008 6:01 am I had opportunity to witness 2 soccer players unsuccessfully kick in their apartment door (made me smile as I’m not a jock). but here. you have to be confident that you can and will break the door down. but you missed a couple details. and that gave way on the second kick!. 2008 9:28 am I’ve never kicked one down but I’ve seen one kicked down. Firstly. I asked to try. FYI. You MUST kick in the door so that the impact goes into the door and not your leg itself. No matter how many can claim to have done it without injury it is EXTREMELY dangerous and should NEVER be practiced in such a manner.P.invasionproof. Liked it better using the battering ram we had in the MP corps though… much more fun. as in off the hinges. (I’m sure doors in Iraq are much weaker than ours which is why he is not worried about it) It must also be noted that actually kicking a door down. . so a neighbor and myself went to kick the door in. as the goal is not to break the door down but to break the deadbolt housing in the frame or the deadbolt itself. It lets out all the air in your lungs. we did do it correctly. the doors all have come down with ease. and 25 years of fraternity occupation. 2008 7:27 pm Took my house door down with my shoulder… but I guess that’s easier when you’re a 350lb biker. 1: force your whole body into the kick while pushing on the grounded foot. however the important thing was to get someone Into that buiding and save a life! So we kept kicking 2 more times till the door just suddenly burst open! Happy holidays. kicked that sucker in just as described above with one kick.theultimatelock. is next to impossible. 2008 11:43 am I have kicked in many doors in my fraternity house due to drunken debauchery. 2009 8:07 pm Right well you described the technique correctly. A gal locked herself in the bathroom at the restaurant where I worked several years ago and one of the chefs.. I am obviously better at fixing drywall than door frames. 2: Martial artists scream when they punch or kick for a reason. You will be tempted to lean backwards as you kick. hinges and all flying. James on August 22nd. However.com 34. a place behind me was burning down. *grunts* It was fun.com 30. Front kick nor mule kick worked. the most manly way I have ever gotten around a door was to take a shovel and dig through the wall next to the door and then reach around to unlock it. 29. you want to keep your torso vertical to ensure that you put as much force as possible on the door. If it opens toward you.) It’s from a website called http://www. by putting your back 5 of 8 03/03/2009 10:09 . Stormy Girl on September 19th. Our biggest problem is keeping doors on their hinges. a beefy ex-soldier. Side kicking is actually better for some and even back kicking can be effective. It distributes the force of a kick throughout the door frame so you can’t kick it in. as you kick the door there are two key things that can change the outcome drastically. so it’s best to only do it in extreme emergencies when the cost of fixing it is the last thing on your mind. Due to the old age of the house. 2008 10:42 pm Great article! I’ve got the Ultimate Lock protecting my door. a baby was in it. It’s pretty impressive. A few years ago. Logan on May 2nd. Paul on November 20th. My roommate found me on the couch the next morning sleeping with the shovel 31. Thanks for reminding me of a good memory. 2008 4:40 pm I have a door security product on all my doors and no one will be able to kick in my door! Not even Bruce Lee! (R. and thus tightens your core muscles. 27. unlike the image attached.com/2008/04/08/how-to-break-down-a-door/ Ogre on April 23rd. which prevents injury. Without that confidence most will not apply all of the force that they can. Only kick doors that swing away from you. And he is right about not using your shoulder. Chris on January 9th. best bet is a crowbar. 2008 4:31 am Mule Kicks work well. yeah I did break my foot.. Charlie on May 1st. what actually worked was I kicked the frame the bolts of the door went into. but my shoulder sent the whole door. Do NOT try to kick at it repeatedly (unless you are making visible progress) as this will only hurt you. David on May 7th. They’ve got a SWAT team officer using a battering ram trying to open the door on their website. however metal doors are very difficult against metal frames. however. And lastly. 2008 1:21 pm In some fires. which in some cases is the proper thing to do. 28. front kicking is not the only method. Check it out –> http://www. If you kick in the middle you are likely to put a hole through the door and get your leg stuck or just break your knee. Secondly. and you must be absolutely comitted to breaking it in. 32. 2008 10:18 pm It only took me 3 kicks to brwak down the door to my house 33. the door was aluminum with a wooden frame. Firehunter on December 24th. the door can be pinched even more securely into the frame and be harder to kick in. and be safe!:> 35. Willy on October 27th.I.
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