Rupert Atkinson wrote:
I have seen people breathing in when receiving and out when doing technique but I don't like it. I like to breathe out for both parts. Gently then stronger, if you like. Breathe in some air before they start to attack - and hope they don't wait too long
My feeling is that correct breathing pattern is essential to aikido development. Breathing in to me constituted a form of tenkan, breathing out is inseperable from irimi.