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Karate Kiai and Discovering The Secret of Kotodama

Can Karate Kiai Be Used to Kill?

Karate Kiai translates as ‘spirit shout,’ and it is the deadly scream that karate practitioners emit when chopping somebody’s head off. Well, maybe I stated that a little strongly, grin, but there is a truth to the karate shout that is undeniable and leads to some rather arcane and mysterious knowledge. I am speaking, of course, of the practice of Kotodama, which translates as ‘Word spirit.’

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The purpose of the Karate kiai is to focus all energies into one moment, one strike, and thus to increase the power of the strike. The idea of scaring an opponent is somewhat secondary, but still very important. Both of these concepts lead to rather interesting suppositions and mystical realities.

Kotodama is generally aimed at the idea of creating soothing sounds, which sounds can create an enhanced spiritual feeling. There is, of course, the flip side of this, the bad word side, in which people use a sound to harm somebody. Either way, the practice of kotodama leads one to the concept of kotomuke (soothing speech to bring peace), and kotoage, which is a method of invoking magick.

My first experience with the power of words comes directly from a decades long study of the martial arts. This gave direct contact with the power of shouting at an opponent and weakening him. In one case I used the power of the karate kiai to shout at an attacker…and he turned around stumbled down the street, shaking, hardly in control of his body.

Experiences like this, which were engendered by the eternal practice of karate kata with correct emphasis on Karate shouting, brought me to an appreciation of the subject, and a fascination for further research. Of interest in this is the speech tones of salesmen and hypnotists, and others of that ilk. Observing how such individuals worked, the tones they used, the pitch of voice they used, brought me to the realization that we are talking about the distinct understanding of vibration.

Vibration is the source of the universe. Between the concept of an Infinite Spirit and the rather short termed and solid life of objects (of which the universe is constructed), there is vibration. This concept is true on the atomic level of protons and electrons, and on the larger scale of entire universes.

Of course, what we are concerned with is the vibrations possible to us in our day to day living as human (meat body) beings. Can one speak in such a manner as to cause a vibration which can manipulate the universe? The answer to this is rather as sharp and distinct as the event of a trained opera singer pitching a note that shatters a glass.

The method for achieving this ability, while rather indistinct, is just as clear cut. First, one has to understand, through the simple living of virtues, that they are a spiritual being, and that they can create vibrations which not only shatter glass, but which can rattle objects on shelves, and, more easily, cause comfort or discomfort to the hearing of fellow human beings. Second, one has to find and follow rather exact disciplines to create this ability…but the result is that a simple Karate kiai can become Kotodama, can become a mystical spell or chant to kill or cure.

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The Truth About the Karate Ki-ai!

There are the stories: young man tries to fight old man, old man shouts a Karate Ki-ai, young man falls on the floor. And, everybody wants to know if these are real stories, or just the old bushwah stuff floating around. Surprisingly, there are truths to these legends, and some interesting scientific theories.

First, practice of Karate yells is real, and part of most of the karate forms in existence. The karate yell (hihap, or ki Hap, in Korean) is used, in the beginning, to help focus the movements of the karate kata into precise moments of time. This increases the mental concentration, and eventually causes the student to back slightly out of his body.

Don’t get freaky with me on this. To be removed form the body means merely to assume a slightly different viewpoint of the body, to have the spiritual ‘I am’ that runs the body maybe a few inches above or back of the body. It is a gentle thing that happens to everybody as they live, but can be encouraged to greater degree, with a variety of effects, through the study of the martial arts.

Now, the body is not shouting, the spirit is shouting. As I said, the ‘I am’ that operates the body is shouting, and the body seems to actually get out of the way of the spirit shout. A shout directed by spirit and not body is infinitely more powerful than a shout powered by just the body.

With a shout powered by the body all that moves is air. When the spirit is involved emotion will move, which is a wavelength, and not just massed air molecules, and this can be testified to by any good artist who knows the value of emotion when performing. Eventually, through diligent practice, a martial artist will move intention, which is far above simple air, or even emotion, this is the stuff of legends and great abilities.

Thus far we have been discussing kiai from the viewpoint of being slightly outside of the body, but now we must discuss the effects of a spirit shout on another body. Yes, there is probably measurable impact by waves of massed air, which can put out candles and that sort of thing, but only at short distances. These usually depend on body movement, a fist, for instance, to help propel the mass of air.

But there is also the fact that a person can expand himself in size, when liberated from the body, and actually touch the body of the other person, and this is a direct touch that can wither and blast the opponent. The body is water, and air is air, but spirit is intangible. Spirit is a perception that can reach across the apparent reality of air and cause that water to wave, to ripple, to vibrate…to explode.

I know there will be people who scoff at what I have said here, but they are people who have not done the martial arts for over forty years. The fact is that the martial arts don’t just forge the body, they cause a person to realize who is doing the forging,–oneself–and therefore to assume a removed viewpoint from the body. In summation, the martial arts take long years and intense effort to reach the stage I am talking about, but if you understand what I am saying here, and are willing to dedicate yourself to endless practice and a higher ethic of life, then you can achieve the Karate ki-ai of which I am speaking.

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