Breathing Meditational Instruction In IRT!

In Instinctive Response Training we have a lot of techniques for learning how to utilize your breathe properly not only during meditation but also in relation to being a moment of physical violence.  One of key components to learning meditational breathing is learning to breath in through your nose, down into the lower abdomen and then exhaling out through your mouth.  Now that are several ways to do this and I will not be going into detail regarding them as they need to be learned from an instructor but instead I will focus on the following exercise.  This exercise is crucial to learning the Martial Science as I teach them.  Foundation meditational exercise one: First step breath in with the inward breath lasting for five seconds,  accumulate it in your lower abdomen and hold it there for five seconds, then exhale for five seconds then repeat.  The idea is to eventually lose yourself or “let go” during your meditation so that the body/mind/spirit takes over and continues this without your conscious thought.  Take a little bit of practice but truly not much.  This is a foundational exercise in IRT that is a core trigger down the road for future training. 

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Brian R. VanCise

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Hi my name is Brian R. VanCise and my passion is the Martial Sciences. I have trained almost my entire life in the pursuit of martial excellence and I teach a world class curriculum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact us at: 702-326-3622
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5 Responses to Breathing Meditational Instruction In IRT!

  1. Tim says:

    Agree but….

    I do not recommend putting a time limit on inhale,or exhale, especially for beginners. A big problem with Qigong training is that people end up hurting themselves by forcing the breath or expanding the abdomen too much. Either of those can injure a beginner.

  2. Brian VanCise says:

    Absolutley Tim! I think initially letting them just breath and relax for awhile is a good way to go. Inhale to abdomen then exhale. However, eventually once they are comfortable moving forward is essential. This foundational exercise is crucial to set the stage for much of what we do in IRT. (just one of several exercises)


  3. Tim says:


    From a CMA perspective it is all just natural breathing and it changes over time. In many of the forms I do (Taijiquan) there is “Natural breathing” that is Taoist breathing which by anyone standard is not natural, unless you gradually train it over time.

    The problem that I see occurring with a lot of breathing exercises is that people force themselves to breath to deeply or in a pattern they are not ready for and then they can seriously injure themselves. In CMA it develops naturally over time with training, that is if it is done right as it applies to CMA

  4. Brian VanCise says:

    Hey Tim,

    Yes over time is important as with all aspects in the Martial Sciences. Gradual improvement over time is the goal. I think one of the most important things that people need to remember is that the Martial Sciences require that you put in time and effort and that you persevere through the hard times. To many people want the quick fix and you just won’t get that in these physical forms!

    • Tim says:


      And sadly you are right people want the quick fix these days and do not really want to put in the time they should

      Thanks Brian, great post.

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