The Spirit Pressure of Kiai

Recently a reader inquired about the matter of kiai. For those who may not be familiar with the term, kiai is most frequently described as a "spirit shout" used in hard martial arts during moments of impact. Kiai is frequently used in kata as well as sparring, basics, ippon kumite, etc. The crux of the question was as follows (paraphrasing): [...]

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IkigaiWay Shirts Now Available!

Over the past two months I've had the opportunity to do T-Shirt giveaways thanks to a few generous companies. While people enjoyed participating in the giveaways, they kept asking me "how do I get a shirt if I don't win?" I didn't have an answer because I never focused on IkigaiWay specific products. The T-Shirt situation [...]


Giving the Bleeding Edge

Secrecy is a long standing tradition in the martial arts. When you analyze how most arts developed, it's easy to understand why. Take kenjutsu (sword arts) of the Samurai for example. A kenjutsu headmaster was in charge of training his disciples with the deadliest skills he could. Those men would then take their techniques to the battlefield [...]