Join this free martial arts wiki. Add info & help beginners with Shotokan Kata, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Taekwondo Forms & Patterns, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Judo, Kyokushin, etc. Fitness experts can help with Strength Training, Core Exercises, Warm-Ups, Balance, Stretching, Conditioning, etc. Talk with fellow martial artists by joining our Wiki Community.
Wiki Revision Date - 19 Mar 2017 15:57
Kiai - Martial Arts Shout
Kiai is a shout used in Japanese martial arts (such as Karate) when executing a strike, breaking a board, etc. This loud shout is used in order to generate more power, startle opponents, create internal confidence, etc. This concept is also used in Korean martial arts (such as Taekwondo) and is known as Kihap.
In kata competitions, martial artists can lose points if they do not deliver a very loud Kiai during their routines.
Martial arts practitioners think that the Kiai's ability to generate increased power can be compared to the loud "grunts" used by tennis players (and other athletes). The tennis grunt is thought to help tennis players to exert maximum force when hitting a tennis ball. Some coaches believe that this loud exhalation helps to further engage a player's core muscles during the swinging motion and thus generate more power. This concept of increased core power also applies to the Kiai. Moreover, the tennis grunt can also be compared to the "battle scream" aspect of Kiai because it certainly irritates and/or startles some opponents!
In addition, some martial artists believe that a loud Kiai helps to focus and/or utilize their internal Ki energy. Nevertheless, the concept of Ki tends to be more controversial in the martial arts community.
Kiai Practice Instructions
Kiai Explanation & Demonstration
Latest Pages Added to Wiki
Popular Community Posts
Latest Posts Added to Community
Martial Arts Books
At no extra cost to you, Black Belt Wiki makes a small commission if you buy products via these links. Your purchase helps keep this wiki free for all visitors. Thank you for your support!
Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced without the written approval of Black Belt Wiki.