Different types of kiai
*This is not about kiai for targets (men, kote, do, tsuki)
I have heard a lot of different kiai
. I mean some people shout something like “Yaaa!” before they strike, other shout something like “Yoooi!”, “Yasa”, “Saaa”, “Yata” etc. before or after they strike.
Are there any regulations for kiai
Do some of them have any meaning?
How should a person choose his/her kiai
(when and what exactly to shout)?Answer:
Nice question! There is no regulation about kiai
but you cannot say anything disrespectful. The most common kiai
is “yeaaaaa“. In Japan we have “kakegoe
” (calling out/cry) when we dance, tag-of-war and many other things. Kakegoe
is to encourage ourselves (and others if in a team) and also synchronize the movements in such as dancing and tag-of-war.
So some people apply different kinds of kakegoe
. That is why we hear different kiai
How do we choose a kiai
? First, you have to try the normal way, “yeaaaah!”. Practice loud and long kiai
with this for a long time. Then, once you know how to charge yourself with a kiai
, you can try some other kiai
Many non-Japanese people have a very low short kiai
when they hold only kyu
grade. Probably they are mimicking those with high ranks but unfortunately it does not work like that. A low short kiai
is very hard to overwhelm your opponent if you do not have a real kiai
Through years and years of practice, you will come up with one kiai
that is for you.
Hope this helps.