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Old 10-13-2002, 11:24 AM   #12
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Dojo: Evanston Ki-Aikido
Location: Evanston IL
Join Date: Aug 2000
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I've got to agree with Bruce. Most people don't really kiai and I must include myself among them.

A real kiai is a separate attack. It will freeze a person. Ellis Amdur in his book Dueling with O-Sensei tells of an incident where he used a kiai to stop his kid from running into traffic.

After practicing a few times, I start to lose my voice. I've heard of people who have ruptured the soft tissue in their throats and spit up blood after practicing too long. In his book Ki: A Road Anyone can Travel William Reed recommends only 5-7 kiai during a practice session.

What does Iwama Ryu have to do with this? Are they suppose to always kiai during practice?

It is not practice that makes perfect, it is correct practice that makes perfect.
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