The Breathing for Warriors class:
- Increases your lung capacity.
- Helps keep you calm and alert both before and during competition.
- Address psychological issues and releases of subconscious stress that might otherwise negatively effect your performance.
- Helps neutralize the negative effects of too much adrenaline and uneven bursts of energy.
- Makes you more resilient to stress and helps you recover more quickly from from stresses of the sport such as dropping weight, changing altitude and travel.
Chad George in “Occupation Fighter”
This class teaches you breathing techniques that raise your all over cardio-respiratory health (including diaphragm and intercostal muscles), expanding your lung capacity and velocity. The result is more oxygen in body and available to muscles, organs and brain (and thus quickened healing time from injury as well). You’ll have more “efficient” breathing the ability to hold your breathe longer amounts of time. BFW teaches you how not to remain calm before a fight, how not to get distracted, become angry or have spikes in your energy. The techniques help quiet your mind, lessen negative self talk, stay balanced in the face of adversity, and be able to center yourself in your “corner” more quickly.
Sometimes when I make my routines I get in a very special stage of meditation, and this is beautiful because I am able to exercise and I’m able to totally clean my mind and keep myself in the present moment. When you control your breath you can actually control yourself mentally and physically, you can really understand your fears and your emotional stress. Rickson Gracie
When I ask combat trainers how people can master their fear, this is what they talk about. Of course, they call it “combat breathing” or “tactical breathing” when they teach it to Green Berets and FBI agents. But it’s the same basic concept taught in yoga and Lamaze classes……How could something so simple be that powerful? The breath is one of the few actions that reside in both our somatic nervous system (which we can consciously control) and our autonomic nervous system (which includes our heartbeat and other actions we cannot easily access). So the breath is a bridge between the two, as combat instructor Dave Grossman explains. By consciously slowing down the breath, we can de-escalate the primal fear response that otherwise takes over.
From The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why, by Amanda Ripley