Why so Quiet?
I’ve always been curious why fighters don’t grunt or make other types of noises when they fight. When I was studying Taekwondo it was really important to exert the breath along with a Key YAH! when hitting your opponent.
It would seem there would be benefit to do this in fighting, however, it was once explained to me that it was rude to be yelling. I asked a martial arts friend at that time and he said, ‘yelling was a basic part of most martial arts’.
He explained it like this:
- Yelling helps with your breathing.
- It causes your opponent to ‘un focus’ (and maybe this is the rude part mentioned but, you would think un focusing your opponent would be a good thing).
- It helps you focus your energy.
It would seem these would all be benefits. I have a hard enough time breathing while fighting. Holding my breath or switching inhaling when I should exhale and vice versa.
Maybe it’s different now, as I have been away for a while, or maybe it’s different in other Kingdoms. I hope if you read this and know you’ll give me a comment about it. I know that when I was practicing on my pell, exerting a yell as I threw helped remind me when to breathe, but I don’t want to get into a habit of Key YAH-ing if it saw as disrespectful.
And I gotta learn to not hold my breath! I do that when I practice my swings. I concentrate so much on the ‘serve the plate’ move that I forget, you can do two things at once. Breathe, swing, breathe swing.
It’s gonna be a long road….