KIAI: 気合
Lee Jun-Fan (Bruce) 李振藩
The most recognized KIAI of all time...
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A battle cry has always existed in mankinds arsenal of communication tools. Whether as a reaction to fear, anger, pain, or any other emotional response this tool of communication produced a dramatic affect. Meant to scare and intimidate an opponent the sound was often, erroneoulsy released from the throat, but in the Martial Arts the 'KIAI', or yell was developed into it's own artform and the delivery became much more involved. Although often mirepresented in the Martial Arts movie genre and now in the Martial Arts competitive arena. In the board name of Go the Japanese term KIAI defines a sense or feeling of Fighting Spirit.

KIAI Jutsu referes to a short exhalation initiated from the HARA, or TANDEN. It's meant to be timed with, or precede a striking technique. In BUJUTSU (Japanese Art of War) it's usually linked to an internalization of KI, or Spiritual energy and focussed into one explosive act. Other Japanese arts, including AIKIDO, KARATE, KOBUDO, KENDO, JUDO, or related arts such as TAIKO drumming use a KIAI to allow ones KI to emanate from their HARA while executing a technique. The noise generated from a KIAI is a generated from the tightening of the HARA or DANTIEN (Chinese) and involves the lower abdominal muscles and diaphragm forcing air into the lower body and exhaling in a short clear breath as noise or yell as a result of passing the air through the vocal cords, but not originating from the vocal cords.

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