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Summer Kenshusei at Aiki Farms 2014!
Jul 28, 2014 / 2 notes

Summer Kenshusei at Aiki Farms 2014!

Jul 25, 2014 / 2 notes

Research study shows grunting (kiai) improves performance

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.

Click here for the full study.

Jul 25, 2014 / 1 note
Aikido Association of America’s National Instructors Seminar with Fumio Toyoda Shihan and guest instructor Kengo Hatayama Shihan Northeastern University, Chicago IL, April 22-26, 1998.
Picture provided by Chushinkan Dojo.
Jul 15, 2014 / 5 notes

Aikido Association of America’s National Instructors Seminar with Fumio Toyoda Shihan and guest instructor Kengo Hatayama Shihan Northeastern University, Chicago IL, April 22-26, 1998.

Picture provided by Chushinkan Dojo.

James Nakayama Sensei teaching at the Toyoda Shihan Memorial Seminar hosted by Beach Cities Aikido at Orange County Aikikai.
Jul 1, 2014 / 9 notes

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.
Jun 30, 2014 / 7 notes

The Aikido Association of America's annual Toyoda Shihan Memorial hosted by Beach Cities Aikido at Orange County Aikikai in California.

Apr 17, 2014 / 19 notes
Bob Graebel Sensei Memorial Seminar at Aikido of Harvard.
Apr 15, 2014 / 7 notes

Bob Graebel Sensei Memorial Seminar at Aikido of Harvard.

Aikido Association International Teaching Committee Member, Glen Matsuda Sensei (rokudan, 6th degree black belt) in Spain, 2014.
Mar 26, 2014 / 8 notes

Aikido Association International Teaching Committee Member, Glen Matsuda Sensei (rokudan, 6th degree black belt) in Spain, 2014.

Aikido Association International Teaching Committee Member, Glen Matsuda Sensei (rokudan, 6th degree black belt) in Spain, 2014.
Mar 25, 2014 / 9 notes

Aikido Association International Teaching Committee Member, Glen Matsuda Sensei (rokudan, 6th degree black belt) in Spain, 2014.