Training Tip - Just Breathe
One of the first things we teach is the important roll the breath plays in martial arts. It's used to generate power, calm the mind, push thought pain and for many other things. Learning how to do it properly can be difficult at first and even more difficult for a student with certain disabilities.
Learning breath control for adaptive students will prove to be very useful both on and off the mat, but what's the best was to teach this technique?
The first thing to do is to self evaluate how you perform this technique with great attention to detail, so that you can explain to the student the exact steps and muscle engagement it takes to achieve proper breath control.
If the student is able have them lay on their back and placing something on the stomach area such as book or small pillow. Have them focus on moving the item using their breath. As the student gets the basic technique down start having them breath in for a set period of time and exhale for the same amount of time.
Breath control for someone with a disability can be useful for them to use while doing their regular stretching routine, if they experience panic attacks, or muscle spasms.