The Secret of the Kiai (Spirit Shout)
A work out at sunrise!
What a way to go, eh?
perfect work out.
Really charges me up.
And I trust you had one, too?
And, if you didn’t,
get your butt out there
and start working out!
I was cruising the net the other day,
and came across a most interesting discussion
on the value of Kiai.
when you yell so loud
the other fellow loses control of his functions.
many people said they didn’t kiai,
and they indicated
by their remarks
that they didn’t even know what it was.
Kiai means ‘spirit shout.’
And let me tell you an interesting story.
I practiced for years and years
and part of every class
was a kiai,
or a ‘ki-yup’
as the instructor said
when counting off the forms.
And I loved it.
I could feel the explosion come together,
I loved how it made the body peak,
brought out more energy.
One day I was walking down the street,
this was in Santa Rosa,
and this bum comes shuffling towards me
and he says,
‘Got some change, man?’
it was not the usual whine,
but a more forceful request.
‘No,’ I said,
This guy was young,
could go out and get himself a job,
no need to beg.
Some people are helpless,
this guy wasn’t.
So I get about ten feet past him,
and all of the sudden I hear him say,
‘No? What are you, some kind of pussy?’
a new kind of begging.
If people don’t give you money,
you threaten them.
Maybe it worked for him,
but then he hadn’t run into anybody
who had practicing his kiai
for near twenty years.
‘No?’ I kiai-ed, turning back towards him.
Then I walked towards him,
shouting in full kiai,
filling the street with my voice,
and telling him all sorts of things,
about his character and personality.
you could see him leaning backward,
it was almost like watching that commercial
where the guy sits in front of a massive speaker
and his hair blows back.
And he finally manages to turn,
and stumble away.
he had lost control of his feet.
Didn’t know what to do.
Then the truly interesting thing happened,
I looked around the street,
there were maybe twenty or thirty people around,
walking along the street,
looking in windows,
and none of them were looking at me.
They were all shaking,
afraid to even look around.
My kiai inspired shouting,
my ‘spirit shout,’
had done that.
sounds a little too good to be true,
So how about if I tell you the secret
of what I did?
I spent some seven years or so
training in the Kang Duk Won.
And we did Kiai’s there.
But any system of Karate will work,
if you remember a couple of things.
the search box
on Matrix Martial Art
Search for CBM,
or Coordinated Body Motion.
I learned that in my seven years.
when you apply this data to your own karate system
you have to make sure you have
the three elements of power in alignment.
That’s on the Master Instructor Course.
Easy secret, eh?
Just understand what I am saying,
and do it.
Your kiai will grow like nobody’s business.
let me explain,
so you will really understand
what we are doing here.
before I explain this,
please get yourself a dictionary or something,
cause what I am going to tell you is out there.
You don’t look with your eyes.
You look through your eyes.
You don’t listen with your ears,
you listen through your ears.
Your eyes and ears are meat.
You are the awareness looking through the meat perceptions of your body.
if you can handle that,
then we just reverse engineer that concept
to understand the kiai.
You don’t yell with your voice,
you yell through your voice.
If you can yell not as a meat body,
but as an awareness,
then you will have it.
You will have a kiai,
and a personal presence,
that can shatter crowds.
as an awareness,
fill up the lungs and the voice box and…
the entire world.
You fill the world with your presence.
It’s easy to do if you have seven years of GOOD karate,
here we go,
if you practice forms with matrixing,
if you matrix your body with the master instructor course,
if you just understand what you are doing
by understanding the simple things I say here.
And it is simple,
It’s hard to take…
(I’m not [choke] meat?
I’m not a body?
I am an ‘I am,’
and that is a the spiritual nature of things?))
But if you can understand that you are awareness,
then you can shift your understanding
away from the mystical martial arts approach
and start to understand the science I am proposing. Then you won’t need seven years to get there (if you are lucky, and actually have a good system) You can get there in a few months.
Here’s the URL for
The Master Instructor Course…
you are an awareness,
an ‘I am,’
the center of the universe,
and the martial arts are a way to know that.
And the Kiai,
the spirit shout,
is a great way to start knowing that.
have a GREAT work out,