Wow. . . my favorite topic
view my "old" man kata on Bill's forum to learn what I consider to be a "natural" and "uechi" breathing method that works for me. Since I practice and teach three different speeds of kata, each will have different breathing tempos and methods.
I've never seen Master Kanei Uechi perform what I call a full-speed kata which therefore accounts for no "release" of breath corresponding with the focused ending of the thrust. He always performed what I consider to be medium speed kata and his "uechi-breathing" method or "interval" breaths following a non-forceful extension of his arm, was all that was needed for a natural performance of his kata. I'm quite sure, in his younger days, when going all out with his thrusts, you would have heard a gutural (grunt) release of air accompanying his punch or kick.
Those of us who tried to understand uechi-breathing, based on the older kanei uechi performing kata, assumed that his middle speed movements and breathing were appropriate for full-speed punches and other actions. They are not, in my estimation.
I like, use and teach the interval breathing method used by Kanei Uechi, because just as we need a release of breath when punching/kicking full force, we also need to breath during the non-movements often found in stressful conditions. (I can give you examples of students who nearly passed out performing sanchin, not breathing except when thrusting!
For the record, you can survive very nicely using only the interval breathing, but I have come to realize after years of doing both, that when performing full speed actions - allowing your body to react in a natural manner by releasing air during the ending of the action is both smart and healthy.
On another subject that Van may wish to raise: During a private lesson today, my student said someone quoted Sensei Tomoyose as saying the correct way to perform a kata is to be totally exhausted at the end of the kata!
How many of you believe this was an accurate quote and if it is, believe the statement is accurate????