Sound Like A Wimp Or Shout Like A Warrior?

 in St. Louis - Dave Hanson's Gateway Karate

Kiai! Shout! Your kiai is your karate shout!  It literally means, convergence of energy, and you either have it, or you don’t.  If you don’t have it, the good news is that you can develop it and you don't have to sound like Bruce Lee. A loud kiai may go against your nature.  You may be inclined to keep it quiet in your training and that’s okay, but if you are ever to develop the fighting spirit it takes to win, you must develop your kiai.  Your kiai says a lot about your fighting spirit.  It expresses that grit and tenacity that’s deep within.  It is a yell that comes deep from within one’s spirit.  And within your kiai is expressed the will to never give up.  So how do you know if you have it, or not?  Try it.  If your kiai won’t get the attention of your pet, your kids or the parents, you probably got some work to do.  You may ask, “Sensei my kiai needs help! What can I do to fix it?”  I’m glad you asked!  I suggest practicing your kiai every day. Get in front of a mirror, preferably where you won’t disturb anyone and shout!  A kiai is personal and everyone’s kiai will sound a little bit different, but there are a few things every kiai has in common.  A kiai incorporates your abs.  That’s right!  You got to get your abs in shape for a good kiai.  You must contract your abdominal muscles and push all the air out of your lungs with force for a great kiai.  A kiai also includes attitude.  You got to bring it.  You have to think like a warrior to yell like one!  So what are you going to do?  Sound like a wimp, or shout like a warrior?  That’s what I thought! So start practicing those kiai’s warriors and I look forward to hearing them in class!:)

"Way of The Dojo" - By Sensei Dave


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