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Old 03-14-2013, 05:48 PM   #12
Cady Goldfield
Join Date: Oct 2006
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Re: Sagawa Yukiyoshi, Masaru Takahashi and Breath Training in Daito-ryu

I'm guessing that Sagawa got it from Sokaku Takeda, and that the concept and method itself initially came from China.One thing that breath is very useful for, in beginners, is as a vehicle for learning how to "drop" one's "innards" downward, a precursor for one kind of power production. After a while, once you gain awareness of what's moving inside, and how, you no longer need to use the breath as vehicle or guide; intent is sufficient to fire the internal movements to manipulate your "innards." That might have been one thing that Sagawa had in mind when he made his comment on breath work.
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