A Conversation for Shotokan Karate
Simetra Started conversation Nov 12, 2004
Kiai, although a shout, translates as
Ki (also known as chi, qi, prana) = energy, life-force, spirit.
Ai = harmony
as in Aikido - the Way of Harmony
When we Kiai in karate, it is expressed as a shout that comes from the Hara(stomach area)
this combines with the Kime(focus). In other words, the Ki brought to one point of focus at the
completion of a karate technique.
The actual sound made with Kiai will vary depending technique, it tends to be in most
cases a extended vowel sound.
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