Ann Arbor Dojo Discusses the Art of Kiai
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - iSportsWire -- Are you interested in martial arts?

Have you heard the shouts martial artists make during practice?

This shouting is called kiai and it is used in multiple martial arts.

Breaking down the word, ki means energy and ai means to harmonize. Put together, kiai means to focus or direct your energy. This energy can be released in a shout or can be silent.

A kiai shout is a quick release of energy that comes from the stomach, not the throat. The sound you make depends on your style or dojo – most have a sound that they use and a set of reasons for that particular sound. Whatever you do, don't yell "KIAI!" Don't be afraid to be loud either – kiai is supposed to be loud!

A silent kiai can be thought of as focusing your will. You're taking your energy and expressing it as determination and strength, which often shows through your appearance. Your eyes are focused, you're standing up straight, and looking powerful. When done correctly, others will notice!

Kiai is Used For:
  • Practice in certain kata
  • To intimidate an opponent
  • To harmonize your energy
  • To find your fighting spirit

How to Find Your Kiai

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Kiai comes from the diaphragm - the same muscle that you use to cough. Try coughing and take note of where you feel the muscle contract in your stomach. Get used to this feeling and try adding a sound instead of a cough.

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Practice your kiai at a supportive dojo like JMAC! Contact JMAC today!

About Japanese Martial Arts Center: Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, JMAC is an authentic Japanese martial arts facility that focuses on karate, judo, Nihon jujutsu, and iaido serving the Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Pinckney, and Canton areas as well as all Southeast Michigan. Experienced instructors train the mind, body, and spirit of members at an individualized pace, offering martial arts to both experienced and inexperienced students.

Source: Japanese Martial Arts Center

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