Thread: Kiai(sp)
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Old 11-05-2000, 08:04 PM   #7
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 420

You're right, the yell is not always needed. My instructor maintains that the yell served two purposes: (1) to help the instructor gauge his students kiai (body structure, mental intent, focus, etc.) and (2) it CAN be intimidating to one's enemies. :-)

I guess my sensei's point (and by proxy, mine) is that the yell is a by product of good kiai, not good kiai by itself.

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