Correct breathing is the key to performing at your best. Correct breathing clears the mind and energises the body. When you breathe correctly it calms the nervous system down and increases mental clarity and focus.
Muscle tension and rigidity through the body can be caused by excessive thinking, shallow breathing or holding the breath. Incorrect breathing causes the body to be in a fear state. Stress hormones are released such as cortisol and adrenaline, blood pressure increases and you experience brain fog and muscle fatigue as oxygen is not being delivered efficiently.
When you focus on your breathing it interrupts obsessive thoughts creating a gap in thinking. The body can be returned to a balanced and harmonic state which is optimal for performance through correct breathing.
Taking full breaths calms the nervous system, lowers blood pressure, clears the mind and energises the body. Lactic acid is also reduced through correct breathing which enhances performance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Exhaling when striking enables energy to be delivered through the strike. The mechanics of the body can work effectively through relaxation when breathing through the strike as the muscles are relaxed due to the calming effect breathing has on the nervous system and mind.