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  • Breathing

    I tend to hold my breath during sparring. Because I am not breathing properly I gas after about a minute. Problem is, we spar 2 minute rounds and the last minute I am basically a punching bag.

    Any advice?

  • #2
    Re: Breathing

    Breathe!! Relax your muscles (arms, shoulders, fists) until you are about to make contact. Breathe out with each strike. The constant tension zaps your energy very quickly.
    Jacob
    "No groin, No Krav Maga"

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    • #3
      Re: Breathing

      I catch myself doing this a bit as well. For me the key is to relax, accept that you're going to get hit and don't let it bother you. Take a few seconds while getting your gear on or between rounds to think something along the lines of "it's training, I'm not going to get hurt, relax". I find that being calm when sparring improves more than just my endurance from being able to breathe, it also gives me a clearer head to realize what's working and what's not.

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      • #4
        Re: Breathing

        Kinda reminds me of skiing advice from booger:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEHZJNQ5Y4A



        To reiterate and piggyback on jac and stu, try concentrating on breathing (don't be too shy to make a sharp exhaling noise) while you're shadowboxing (even slow mo in the mirror), while you're fine tuning technique, while you're punching the bag, while you're doing drills, etc. Have someone monitor you and remind you to exhale if/when you forget, especially whomever is holding pads for you. Then learn to apply that under stress (sparring) - the more often you do it, the easier it gets...
        Last edited by Don; 04-25-2012, 04:04 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: Breathing

          Originally posted by Don View Post
          Kinda reminds me of skiing advice from booger:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEHZJNQ5Y4A
          Kinda like the old,

          Patient: It hurts when I do like this.
          Doctor: Don't do like that.

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          • #6
            Re: Breathing

            Originally posted by Don View Post
            Kinda reminds me of skiing advice from booger:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEHZJNQ5Y4A

            Classic! .... I Want My $2.00 !

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            • #7
              Re: Breathing

              lol stu, every time I drink coffee I get a pain in my eye...

              lol coda, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z9Cg46Nktw

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