One great way to get started in Side FX Houdini is to destroy something. Destruction simulation is something that Houdini excels at. A nodal workflow, some great dynamics tools, constraints and bullet physics all make up a destruction playground.
If you are looking at diving into Houdini the first time, you should check out this Houdini Destruction 101 tutorial series from “Hate After Effects”, designed for new users. The tutorial covers how to create a basic destruction simulation in Houdini 15 using Bullet Physics.
The model asset is created in Autodesk Maya, then imported into Houdini where it gets some basic glue constraints. You will learn the basics for fracturing elements, and simulation.
Side FX has a free learning edition, Houdini Apprentice created just for beginners. Visit Side FX for more information.