Thread: kiai in aikido?
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:07 PM   #2
Dojo: Aikido Institute - Oakland
Location: Oakland
Join Date: Feb 2008
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Re: kiai in aikido?

not sure if your using 'kiai' in some way that i havent seen before.
the only 'kiai' i know of refers to an exhalation--usually accompanied by a sound--when executing a technique.
here, and as ive been taught, ki is the energy, and ai is the harmony, so a kiai is a way of harmonizing ki (through breath).

i dont know of any formal ways to practice this--one just lets it out as it comes naturally.

in my dojo, the kiai is encouraged to encourage exhalation during technique execution (breath in while accepting/inviting/blending; breath out while sending/extending/executing)

are you talking about a different thing?
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