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Some additional sharing points of view on breathing exercise
In recent years, many students, not only from primary classes A11, A12 but also from higher classes which have a long-term in training, they asked me about the breathing process. Although I have just answered them all, but I thought that this problem is general in nature and many will arise, so I decided to give an opinion on key issues through the Web site of the school, so that together we were able to increase our knowledge and advance in the way of training. The main issues are as follows:
  • How do I overcome unfocused during breathing exercises, dealing with different thoughts in my head. Should I stop the exercise or engage in any other way?
  • Can I use other methods to facilitate breathing breathing exercises in the training style Vinh Xuan Noi gia?
As everyone know from ancient times, initially focusing on the breathing exercises is very difficult, not only for beginners. This is even stronger impact on our time with the market economy, when every day, every hour a person is suffering from diverse influences in his life. Usually, when you're busy with main business, other influences temporarily postponed, but in silence, especially during exercise breathing, they begin to break out and affect your thoughts, not allowing focus on respiratory movement. In practice, this phenomenon people call "the soul of a monkey, the will of a horse" it is when the thoughts in one’s head, in soul and rarely mixed, and sometimes does not aim at something specific, such as breathing exercises. Thoughts are constantly moving from one to another cause, like a monkey jumping haphazardly, the horse runs anywhere, not on a particular sight and direction. Then our task is to lock the monkey in a cage, that is, our soul should not think of any, and attach the bridle, without giving the horse run anywhere, i.e. not allow our will to think spontaneously. All of this is the intention that we should take before commencing to breathing exercises, though this is not easy, especially for beginners. But if we surrender, passing exercises with simple thoughts that start, when to relax or concentrate, then we are wasting precious time, while the time for breathing exercice of many people are rare. In parallel, we showed our lack of knowledge about breathing exercise process.
The breathing process has two steps. The right process is step by step. But sometimes we combine two steps into one, it is positive when a person has good concentration, to save time, but it is not always easy to obtain. The two steps are as follows:
  • Regulation of the body (to regulate the body itself, to better and more effective breathing exercise);
  • Regulation of breathing (ie breathing exercises to train).
During the exercises the breath when we were influenced by "the soul of a monkey, the will of a horse" we should not stop the exercise, and it is better to concentrate on the regulation of the body. My experience and also requiring in fact breathing and to whom I exchanged views with many of the guys are gathering ideas for the control of his body, smooth body and proverka correct posture sitting (head, torso, legs, arms). When you practice this, do not care about how your body control breaths, let it self regulate breathing. Collection of thoughts to control your body in a smooth and correct posture seating is a task for which you want to lock in a monkey cage, and loschad lead to the stable. This problem is what we have to do before commencing with the intention of breathing exercises, although the execution is many lessons. As we can control our body, breathing exercise will be easier and more efficient, the main run by the rule of succession, without stopping phases. There are many techniques of breathing exercises, each of whom has a different nature, purpose and type of exercise. There are breathing method which divides into 2 periods and very similar to the basic breathing technique of Vinh Xuan Noi gia, while others are divided into 3, 4 periods, where the duration of the period made depending on the purpose of this method, as it is compressed breathing, breathing in the bones, breath of the internal organs, respiration rate, respiration of the small heavenly cycle, the breath of the great heavenly cycle, etc. The basic breathing method of Vinh Xuan Noi gia is the most important method, and passes through the entire process of training, not at the same time using other methods of breathing. If one is good at the basic breathing method, the teacher will check if it is OK to move to the next steps of breathing techniques, in parallel with the main method of exercising. You should know that among all the methods of exercise, breathing exercises require the highest concentration, as well as a sense of sophistication and insight, as they are key to the practice of “Kuan Yin” in ancient times. Breathing method is a technique with great effect and directly affects the internal body. Therefore, when we have irregular breathing or respiratory use methods that do not understand their purpose and essence, to lead to negative impacts on inside the body and not provided for bad influences on them. I hope you're careful during respiration (like I wrote in some articles), observing the principles of breathing techniques while listening to the instructions of highly experienced teachers. Although all styles of martial arts extension comply with the principle of "Will manages chi, chi fills force", but more importantly, on which style we follow we should use the breathing techniques of that style. Do not try to mimic other interesting methods and proceed immediately to the practice. For example, when we do not have enough chi, as well as experience in the practice of breathing exercises and try to have Qi, it is not only impossible but also very harmful.
I hope that with the above mentioned will help you (even a little) in practice breathing exercises.
"Martial arts doctrine infinite" - who has deep knowledge in order to know its vastness. So I apologize for my lack of knowledge.
Thank you for your interest in this article.
Hanoi, September 28, 2010
Si-fu Nguyen Ngoc Noi