Diaphragmatic Breathing In Martial Arts

Diaphragmatic breathing is used in many traditional martial arts, but I don’t think that all martial artists completely realise the full extent of how important this really is.  It actually helps us on a number of different levels.

But first though for anybody new to martial arts (or this concept) lets have a look at what diaphragmatic breathing actually is.  Most adults breathe into the top of their lungs and as they do so their shoulders and collar bones rise slightly.  But with diaphragmatic breathing, the diaphragm (which is a large internal muscle at the base of the lungs) is used.  This pulls down on the lower part of the lungs, opening up the whole of the lungs and thus pulling in more air (hence more Oxygen).  When breath is pulled in this way, the shoulders and collar bones do not rise.  However, as the diaphragm pulls down it displaces the lower torso organs and the stomach area in particular is pushed outwards. Continue reading “Diaphragmatic Breathing In Martial Arts”

Joong Do Kwan Anti-Bullying Blogging Carnival

The Joong Do Kwan Anti Bullying Blogging Carnival is now live.  You can find links to all the posts submitted by various experienced martial arts bloggers at: http://www.joongdokwan.com/2012/04/anti-bullying-blogging-carnival.html

My own submission for this Blogging Carnival is: Are Traditional Martial Arts Any Use To Somebody Who Is Being Bullied?

This post has been awarded the the “Outstanding Submission for Best Technical Discussion”.
I would like to thank Colin Wee, for selecting my post for this award and for organising the Blogging Carnival on a very worthwhile subject.  Please check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

Engage Your Opponents Brain To Increase Their Vulnerability

Since the last of the Neanderthals died out about 20,000 years ago the human brain has continued to evolve from what was primarily an animal brain governed by instinct, to a much larger and more complicated brain capable of logical thought.  A very large part of our brain today deals with communication, reason, social behaviour/interaction and a whole lot of other things that other animals are not capable of.  The ideas of guilt and remorse, right and wrong, good and evil, are all absent in the animal kingdom.

However, we still have the primitive parts of our brain which controls many of our more basic instincts, including Continue reading “Engage Your Opponents Brain To Increase Their Vulnerability”