My Story – Hanshi Ellis
This is pronounced as two syllable ‘Ki’ meaning “Life Force” and ‘Ai’ meaning to “Harmonize”. Learning Kiai is an essential part of learning JuJitsu for two very good reasons. One, is to maximise power that is added to any technique, punching, kicking, joint locking and etc. Two, is to prevent injury when being thrown, break falling, tumbling and rolling. To Kiai, one has to expire air and this tends to supple the body and removes rigidity which allows the fall to be softened. Learning effective Kiai takes a long time, much more time than just learning to break one’s fall. Using Kiai is much more than yelling, it must be coordinated with the precise timing. Students must learn loud Kiai before and then only after decades of practice will be able to use silent Kiai.