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The exhalation is not linked to any particular sports, but a rather profane mechanism: Tensioning of the abdominal muscles reduces the volume of your lower abdomen and thus pushes your diaphragm upwards, which in turn reduces the volume of your lungs so that the air has to go somewhere, voluntarily or not. Any kind of lifting, crunching, or torsion movement ...


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I can state that it is not a universal principle in martial arts. In both Doce Pares Escrima and Capoeira, I was specifically told not to tie my breaths to strikes, but rather to focus on breathing evenly and naturally during the movement. This is basically because, in both styles, you're expected to be blending strikes into fluid sequences rather than a set ...


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This is similar to the effect when forcefully exhaling during weightlifting - the forceful exhalation (different to the Valsalva manoeuvre, which is also employed in some situations) creates not only a rigidity in the abdomen which allows for more efficient force transfer, but also increases muscle tension globally. This is useful for the martial arts ...


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