OK, another myth that needs to be busted (along with "Ask Your Teacher" and "You Can Learn From Everyone") is this: "Hand Conditioning Will Ruin Your Hands" This is one of those loads of crap that really annoys me to hear, because it is so patently NOT true. I think the myth was probably started by lazy people who wanted an excuse to justify not doing the training. Either that, or it was started by people who saw the bad results of bad hand conditioning, probably under fraudulent teachers. Genuine hand conditioning WILL NOT damage your hands. But the catch is that genuine hand conditioning is not the mindless, brute force nonsense that most people think it is. There's a lot more to it than just hitting something hard over and over. That kind of crap probably will damage your hands. Genuine hand conditioning should involve correct striking materials and proper body alignment. It should also include specific ways of breathing, massage of the hands and a good herbal medicine. There are also very specific ways of striking and these need to be built up over time. Proper hand conditioning can lead to absolutely phenomenal striking power. For example: Ku Yu Cheung Gene Chicoine What do you think would happen if either of these two gentlemen were to hit you on the head or the chest? Neither of them had their hands "ruined". Gene Chicoine is in his late 70s and has NO hand problems. He's been doing this for decades. The people who have had their hands damaged were the ones doing stupid mindless things and/or learned from frauds or a combination of both. Hopefully that's another myth busted.