1) Do you actively consider the type of breathing you do during each kata, practice, and sparring session?
Yes I am focusing on my breathing in everything working hard to know what my body is doing and to allow it to breathe me naturally.
2) Does it change based on what you consider is needed or do you simply breathe based on how you were originally trained?
No I no longer breathe as I was trained in Uechi. I was trained in the do not breathe on any movement model. Uechi Kanei says to breathe naturally -- not breathing on movement is anything BUT natural.
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3) Are you actively choosing a specific breathing method for yourself, for a specific purpose?
Yes I work with Scott Sonnon’s Be Breathed and Trinity Breathing to co-ordinate the breath with the expansion and contraction of the body in movement. This to me is natural breathing.
4) Do you know why you use a certain breathing method?
Yes see (3) above.
5) Does repetitive training lead you to breathe a specific way anytime you do a specific type of movement or combination of movements?
Focusing on how the body is moving determines my breathing.
6) Do you ever seek to change/challenge how you breathe and test its affect?
Yes I have tried many methods.
When doing FlowFit 1 for example if I breath contrary to my body’s movement it quickly fatigues the breath where getting back into breathing with the body’s movement recovers it.
7) Finally, do you agree that your breathing should vary, based on need/goal in a particular movement/activity and multiple methods may be used at any given time in the same sparring session/kata?
No I do not agree. I believe that what you find in most strikes is a compression of the body which corresponds to an exhale of breath, and when youa re drawing you are often expanding the body thus inhaling.
Both these coordinate well with the purposes.
This was posted elsewhere on this forum but sums up my thoughts: