Simply put, you don’t breathe, you don’t live. You need oxygen for the brain and body to function at all. Clearly something as strenuous as martial arts training requires a lot of breathing.
You can get in the habit of holding your breath, especially when doing something difficult. However, doing this is not beneficial and you might pass out. So, the common advice is to…BREATHE….
I’m not one to advocate some sort of complicated breathing technique to do while performing some sort of complicated moves. I have doubts that a person would or could do such a thing in a real fight. It’s doubtful, as I said. It is enough to simply breathe out every time you throw a punch, kick, strike, block or parry; every time you move. You will naturally, out of necessity–your body won’t let you do otherwise–inhale after you’ve breathed out. This ensures that you are continually breathing during your work out or sparring, and you’ll be in the habit of it should you ever have to defend yourself in a real situation.
Of course, there are health benefits to breathing. One of the points of training is to get blood and air flowing through your body and into the brain; the better your circulation, the healthier you are. Your organs are kept healthy, you breathe better and you think more clearly.
So, breathing during training is beneficial to you in your everyday life.
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In 1981, at the age of 11, I began training in Goju Ryu Karate at a local community center on the Central Coast of California. I trained there for about a year. In 1984, my family moved to Northern California, where I began training in Kenpo Karate under Professor Charles "Chuck" Epperson. I trained at Professor Epperson's dojo for about a year. I left the dojo, but returned in 1994. I earned ranks up through second-degree black belt under Chuck Epperson. I tested for brown and black belts in front of Master Richard "Huk" Planas, first-generation Ed Parker Kenpo black belt. I taught classes at Professor Epperson's dojo from 1998 to 2002. I have also taught private lessons for friends and family. I have training in Doce Pares Eskrima under Charles Epperson and have attended seminars by Master Anthony Kleeman and Grandmaster Cacoy Canete. I have also trained in DeCuerdas Eskrima under Professor James Muro. In addition to my martial arts training, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, have worked in the Human Services field since 1996, and currently spend most of my time writing web articles.