HOW TO “KIAI!” | Karate’s Battle Shout — Jesse Enkamp


do you practice the kiai kiai is that battle scream that shout that we use in the Asian martial arts especially karate the first part of the word key actually means energy in Japanese the second part I means to join or to unite in other words you’re compressing and then delivering releasing all of your energy concentrated in your punch your strike your kick or your blow however it’s important to understand that you should not scream GI that’s just the name of this phenomenon instead you should aim for the fighting spirit feeling and don’t think of any specific word don’t think feel now secondly it’s important also to know that you should not scream with your throat instead try this push your hands in above your hipbones like this and then cuff could you feel your hands expanding to the sides good that’s because you’re using your deep internal core musculature those same muscles should be used when you do the kiai that’s why a great exercise for ki is the silent ki I want you to try it the key eye with your hands on your sides but don’t make a sound and make sure that you’re using your deep core muscles instead of your throat I’ll demonstrate could you see that I use the exact same muscles as I did previously when I did the coughing and that’s the correct way to cure I hope this video can help you understand key I better make sure to try this exercise and the good part is you won’t wake up your neighbors so you can do it at home as well good luck and train hard

100 thoughts on “HOW TO “KIAI!” | Karate’s Battle Shout — Jesse Enkamp

  1. Ha I've been looking for a way to practice my Kiai without having my parents worryingly run to my room thinking I'm in some sort of pain. Thank you.

  2. I do Karate do Tsunami, my sensei always says that kiai should sounds like 'da'… I want to do it well but i don't know how, it always sounds like killing cat :/ . What should i do to do kiai sound well and loud?

  3. Thank for the video Jesse. Sorry for the mistakes in my messegge, but I don´t speak inglish. 6 moth ago, I did read an article about the black belt in your web… very ñinteresting… I showed it to my Master (Claudio Troncoso, Chile) and he liked it. We talking together about that. I'm brown belt, and I hope to stay on this road, and take my exam soon.. Thank you Jesse. Bye.

  4. I am taking taekwondo and i have to yell in my pattern but im to shy to yell, can someone give me advice?

  5. Well it kinda has the "kh" sound always.. the "kh" part itself is the compression… Be careful – A powerful kiai can be heard miles away, so obviously not for ninjas 😉

  6. Me interesa mucho la información q nos aportas, pero no entiendo el inglés, podrás añadir por favor subtítulos? Muchas gracias!!!

  7. I train with IOGKF, Higaonna Sensei has passed down the kiai as this sound: “aaaeeeiiiiiii” – if you listen to Higaonna Sensei’s kiai you’ll hear it. That is how the sound should be.

  8. In Kyusho Jitsu we practice Kiai, Kiai is a sound Whit intention , mental intention , but the sound is a form of energy too, this " sound" or vibration afect the nerve system and we can use to afect the other person , the part of kiai without sound is very important too .

  9. The silent KIAI….GREAT point sensei Jesse..I totally agree..but what if senseis demand they should hear a vocal kiai in katas or kihons..is that wrong?

  10. Hi Jesse I know some styles such as Kempo where I'm from actually shout Kiai! Sounds ridiculous and is so wrong! We Were taught. "Eeee Ehhhh" Sounds like E-Air. And yes we are taught Stomach first. However an old guy I train with uses his voice and he shouts "Aisshhhh" Sounds scary and I do like it. I would use it only in street fight not in Kata. Thanks. 👍

  11. This brings back memories in the 80's & 90's when I was training shotokan the kid's would kiai the actual word! Is that an Austrain or maybe Flemish accent by the way?

  12. A lot of Karateka have a kiai with a lot of AI and little KI… your explanaition for the Ki using the Tanden is great. Only one remark – Kiai is fundamental in ALL nipon taijutsu and budo. In Aikido, Judo, Karate, etc Kiai is fundamental

  13. I feel like i am too shy to do kiai, my teacher says its supposted to be louder and more stronger, but i fell like everyone will laugh at me, any tips?

  14. I’m taking taekwondo and my instructor suggested just to say “ai !!” However that doesn’t sit with me.

    What are some other options I can try?

  15. Thank you for your clear, distinct and very accurate English pronunciation. And for your good instruction as well

  16. The way it was taught to me is that slightly below your bellybutton there's an organ called 'Kikai,' which stores the Ki and regulates the amount of Ki traveling trough your meridians. When doing a kiai, one must; first tense their kikai (lower abs), then their mid-abs and sides, then their higher abs (suigetsu) and that way "force" the air (or ki if you will) out of your mouth. Then, after the strike one is to stop the airflow with the muscles in their throat to avoid unnecessary waste of air. (Or, again, Ki-energy if you will.) It is hard to do that silently, so the silent kiai can only be achieved through disciplined practice.

    Despite knowing 'how' to do the kiai, I still sound like a complete fool when doing it. I genuinely have no idea what I'm doing wrong. It doesn't sound badass like the other kenshi, it sounds like a darn chicken choking on a peanut or something.

    I don't know if I really need advice (since the point is not to sound cool) but I would really appreciate some guidance. (From any of you, not necessarily just from Sensei Enkamp.)

    Cheers!

  17. Wish I learnt that tuesday for my jujitsu first tournament practice.
    Class training for tournaments basically.

  18. Amigo todavia no sabes que todos estos años de esfuerzo que hiciste para conseguir ese cinturón no valen un carajo ya que me conto un pajarito que el taikondo significa en la antigua China pisar mierda de diferentes especies (aninales hasta mierda humana) . Engañan a la gente con que es un arte marcial y en realidad lo unico que tenes que hacer es ver quien pisa la mierda mas olorosa y asi vss cambiando de cinturón , osea a medida que vas pisando la mierda esarodita

  19. If you're striking for power or speed, make the sound quick and sharp. The faster the sound, the faster the contraction. This is why boxers make that hissing noise when they punch, to tighten the core at contact. Long drawn out screams make slower contractions, turning strikes more into pushes.

    The sound and contraction unifies the lower and upper body during striking. In most cases I normally just exhale sharply out the nose but in general I'd say the "boxers hiss" is the easiest way to engage like the lower areas of the core without needing to think about it.

    Gives meaning to the phrase power comes from the breath.

    Breath with assistance from the stomach to maintain endurance. Exhale sharp with assistance of the stomach to create power.

  20. This seems like a good way to get over the "KIAI!!!" screaming phase that many people go through when they start karate ^_^
    I shall try this out the next time I have to explain kiai to beginners 😛

  21. Ki Ai 気 合 yell
    AI 愛 means love 😛
    context I LOVE TO SCREAM 😛
    pun intended. joke aside
    i love you'r way
    Jesse Enkamp (not in a strange way tough)
    but you seem like a charismatic and sympathizing guy ♥

  22. I read a book where the characters were into martial arts, and "kiai" was spelled "kyii" through the whole book. Is that wrong, then? Since the author of the book is a fifth-degree black belt and also does kung fu, I would've thought she would know.

  23. I'm participating in my first-ever Martial arts tournament this morning so this really helped! Thanks Sensei Jesse!

  24. Thanks Jesse. Perhaps you’l revisit this with examples. Anytime I hear a competition kiai it isn’t. It’s a throaty scream, loud and drawn out. There is a mechanical aspect to the tension caused by the kiai and the time of the strike. Most of what I hear is so drawn out that there should be two punches and recovery. One can have very strong intent in a strike with a very short and fairly quiet kiai. Volume is not critical and I think more energy is wasted on theatrics than the position this practice holds in executing a strike. Listen to the quick and quiet kiai of a power puncher in a boxing match. This is quiet similar to a kiai and serves a similar purpose. Try doing a Mike Tyson three punch combo breathing as a boxer is trained to do and then try the same with a long keee-aiiiiiiii but punch the combo hard and at spread. Holding the yell actually puts mental brakes on recovery and the next punch in the combo. Well, I imagine I’ve managed to make 75% of the karate practioners made at me except for the old school Okinawan stylists. Not my intent even if it’s inevitable in the intraweb dojo.

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