rather than simply pointing out flaws, i’ve always been of the opinion that we should present better alternatives. i feel that the exercises i will outline below can lead students to develop a better method of breathing for taido. i find that these exercises lead to a very natural way of breathing while moving that is highly adaptable to taido technique (adaptation being one of the five tenets of taido’s philosophy). because i want to encourage others to experiment with these exercises (and because providing evidence that the current theory is inadequate is tedious), i will first present my “better alternative” before attempting to nitpick shukumine sensei’s method in a later article.
there is an outlined method for practicing taido movements. i have also spent a good deal of time researching various training and practice methods as well as general educational theory. using the standard method as a framework, i have made additions and adjustments that i think are applicable to most skill acquisition scenarios we are likely to encounter in taido practice.