Kiai Definition

What Does Kiai Mean?

Kiai

ki·ai

\ˈkē-ˈī\
noun

Definition: A battle cry used by martial artists either before, during, or after performing a technique. It can also be a word used to describe fighting spirit. There are mental imagery techniques that ask students to imagine starting a kiai in the hara or dantien-Chinese, so the cry should begin in the diaphragm rather than in the throat.

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