Shoshinkan was founded in 1998 and has transformed into a Non-Profit dojo featuring Aikido Zen and Breathwork programs for members of the community who are serious about training in any of these areas.
Dojo Cho (leader), Rick Testa Sensei, is working towards a higher level of Zen training which he will share with our community and pass on to all who are serious and focused.
Summer Kenshusei at Aiki Farms 2014!
Kiai is a the practice which involves explosive exhalations from the hara with vocalization, usually using the syllables “Ei!” and “Toh!”
Many marital arts students and observers wonder why kiai is so strongly demanded during practice. Often times, people feel reluctant to generate such a powerful, loud breath. Some even feel self conscious.
Researchers from the University of Nebraska have recently published a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research which may offer some scientific foundation for the physical benefits of kaia (or as they word it ”grunting”.
They discovered that grunting produced a 3.8% increase in groundstroke velocity for tennis players, while not impairing any oxygen consumption.
So be proud of your kiai, gather all your breath, and harmonize with your energy. On the court or on the mat, you can always tell people you are conducting your own research study.
James Nakayama Sensei teaching at the Toyoda Shihan Memorial Seminar hosted by Beach Cities Aikido at Orange County Aikikai.
The Aikido Association of America's annual Toyoda Shihan Memorial hosted by Beach Cities Aikido at Orange County Aikikai in California.
Bob Graebel Sensei Memorial Seminar at Aikido of Harvard.