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The Black Country Buddhas Podcast

My Home Vitality goes in search of the easiest solutions, in every aspect of health - mental, physical and spiritual - regardless of fitness level. 

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Aug 10, 2020

David Toney has been involved in martial arts and fitness for almost 40 years.

He leads a large group of coaches in Ireland via the World Ju-Jitsu Federation and has 90 clubs and over 4,000 students to oversee.

He is responsible for all matters relating to coaching and development for all members.

He holds the rank of 8th dan in Traditional Ju-Jitsu and travels internationally taking seminars as far afield as Russia, Israel, Canada and Cuba.

David also manages a full-time martial arts centre in Ballymena, Ireland and still finds time to volunteer as a coach.

He is also a qualified Oxygen Advantage & Buteyko Breathing Breathwork instructor, coaching breathing methods specifically for stress management, focus and athletic performance.

He has trained with giants in their field like Soke Robert Clark, Giacomo Spartico Bertoletti, Steve Maxwell and Patrick McKeown.

“These proven techniques and systems have supported my transformation in my own personal life, athletic career, and business as well as those of my coaching clients. I teach that breath is the most important asset we have, and most do not understand its use. I teach that weakness and muscular stiffness in not a necessary part of aging and I give my students the keys to good physical and emotional health.” – David Toney


and how you cope with it.”

“Breathing through your nose has unbelievable benefits for health, sexual health, energy levels and for mental health.”

“There are so many layers [to the benefits of healthy breathing]: health, immune system, better sleep, better oxygenation to your brain, so you’re thinking better and you don’t have cloudiness in your brain, less anxiety, better relationships, it just builds and builds and builds.”

“When you’re in fight or flight, it’s survival and when you’re in survival, you’re not building relationships. But when you’re in rest and digest, it opens you up to relationships.” 

“We’re all coaching each other.”

“Everybody knows how to lose weight, it’s not a mechanical issue, it’s a mental issue.”


“How can breathwork help when we are under pressure?”

“What sort of breathing methods would you recommend and what do you use personally?”

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