When I began studying Jikishinkage-ryu I learned exactly that; how to breath and how to walk. In the ryu it is called umpo- walking methods. You can see the late Mr. Terayama demonstrating it here at the 6:30 mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gwvSgFXuUY
My training partner and I spent about 2 months only doing umpo for about 2-2.5 hours per class. It made us very sore but it also gave us a great foundation. We eventually learned suburi and then kata! lol
Chris, that sounds like an excellent way to start. Learn the absolute basics first, and then everything else will be solid and powerful. If you don't have a foundation you can't build anything sturdy.