Isometric Breathing – Lessons from Martin “Farmer” Burns

Martin “Farmer” Burns was a world champion Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestler as well as a coach of many other famous wrestlers such as the great Frank Gotch.

In 1914, Burns published a 96-page mail-order course entitled Lessons in Wrestling and Physical Culture, which incorporated breathing techniques, calisthenics, stamina exercises, and wrestling techniques. It was made famous (again) in recent years by Matt Furey, but back in the early 1900s it was the bible for all aspiring wrestlers.

lessons in wrestling and physical culture

There are many breathing exercises in the course, but the one that caught my eye is called Breathing for Internal Exercise. In it Burns teaches a form of reverse breathing and contracting the core to “Force the air downward with all the power you possess.” He states that there is nothing better for the development of abdominal muscles than this type of breathing exercise!

“Breathing exercises alone, if done RIGHT, will make many a weak man strong and many a sick man well.”
– Farmer Burns, 1914

Here is my version of Farmer Burn’s Breathing for Internal Exercise with a couple slight modifications. Give it a try!

 

For a complete reference on breathing exercises, make sure to check out my course, Evolve Your Breathing. Also, see my review of Logan Christopher’s book, Upgrade Your Breath.

Jon

Jon Haas is a certified Underground Strength Coach -Level 2, an ACE and FMS certified Personal Trainer, and has been involved in the martial arts for over 30 years. He has been training in the Budo Taijutsu warrior arts of the Bujinkan for more than 25 years and is currently ranked as a Kudan (9th degree black belt) under Jack Hoban Shidoshi. He is the founder of Warrior Fitness Training Systems and author of the book, Warrior Fitness: Conditioning for Martial Arts, as well as numerous other online training programs.

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Jon

Jon Haas is a certified Underground Strength Coach -Level 2, an ACE and FMS certified Personal Trainer, and has been involved in the martial arts for over 30 years. He has been training in the Budo Taijutsu warrior arts of the Bujinkan for more than 25 years and is currently ranked as a Kudan (9th degree black belt) under Jack Hoban Shidoshi. He is the founder of Warrior Fitness Training Systems and author of the book, Warrior Fitness: Conditioning for Martial Arts, as well as numerous other online training programs.

2 Comments

  • michael

    March 5, 2017

    the “lessons on wrestling and physical culture” link in this article brings up an anti-semitic french pdf.

    please fix this.

  • Jon

    March 7, 2017

    My apologies, Michael. When I originally added the link it went to the correct destination. I have since removed it. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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