Martial Arts Kiai Practice

In the Japanese martial arts the element of kiai is the use of concentrated breath- often mistakenly called a shout, used as a way to influence distance, timing, rhythm and fighting spirit.

Kiai comes from relaxation in movement, no tension or rigidness as one moves according to the martial arts.

This, when combined with dragon breathing exercises allows one to focus the breath on a single point- a kyusho in the training partner’s movement, and shift focus, through the use and interaction of sound to that moment and point.

Training correctly and consistently develops kiai, there is no secret.

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