Kiai by itself, not used with a technique or attack, but just by itself, is purely a psychological attack. It is a very primal thing, affecting something in your opponents hindbrain. Unfortunately, kiai is used rather little in the style of aikido I study, as it is very difficult to get right (anything else is just yelling). In 'Living the Martial Way' by Forrest Morgan he writes a section on kiai and aiki (page 103). Essentially he describes kiai as meaning to 'literally concentrate or focus the life force'. Kiai is an integral part of the way you do martial arts. Over time kiai becomes a part of the fabric of your very being. Nov 21, 2019 · Learn exactly how to “KIAI!” properly in this new video by Jesse Enkamp – The Karate Nerd. Go to www.karatebyjesse.com to get more information! 0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 StumbleUpon 0 Pin It Share 0 LinkedIn 0 Reddit 0 0 Flares × The Vital Role of the Kiai, Grunt, and Otherwise Noisy Exhale. Eric C. Stevens. Coach. ... for a roundhouse kick and in karate they use a sound called the kiai. The Kiai . Everyone who’s been training in karate for more than a week or two knows that the kiai is a loud yell. That would seem to be pretty simple. But in reality the subject of the kiai is complex and profound, involving critical aspects of the body, the mind, and the spirit, and having numerous uses and applications. The kiai is used on our dojo fairly regularly. We use it during breakfalls, in Jiu-jitsu circles, during tests, etc. Students are often confused about how to do a kiai so hopefully this blog will clarify things a bit.