Darren Paul wrote:
...If this is true or if anyone else has some pointers, it would be much appreciated. Also I would like to hear from anyone who thinks breathing has had some transforming effect on the quality of techniques.
Traditionally you throw on an outward breath, just like you cut on an exhale. This evolves into looking for a suki (opening) when the breath changes. This was a common tactic in feudal times.
In a real conflict, you can't worry about your breathing. Just extend ki and let these physical approaches to technique drop away. It seems that the only reason we learn these techniques is to transcend them.