Definitions

Sorry, no definitions found. Check out and contribute to the discussion of this word!

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • I could feel the attention and focus - what we Japanese call 'kiai' - in each dish.

    Archive 2005-05-01

  • That sound, called a kiai, is a release of chi, or the life force.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • Pane mai la ka kiai Nui, "E hoi olua ano, mai lohi, a aole hoi e kali, no ka mea, ua kapu ke Alii, aole no ou kuleana ma keia wahi, a aole no hoi e hiki ia oe ke manao mai he mau kaikuahine makou nou, ua hala ia manawa."

    The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai

  • Similarly, a person full of n|om can only make sounds that are essentially the same as kiai—audio bolts of n|om.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • This is because kendōka use a shout (kiai) to express their spirit, and when a strike or cut is performed, the front foot contacts the floor in a motion similar to stamping.

    Crash Course: KENDO « Undercover

  • A belch is not a kiai, no matter how enthusiastically rendered.

    Evil waffles

  • Rivera chased him in a counterclockwise circle around the mat, unleashing five separate combinations of three moves or more, screeching a loud kiai, or shout, with each move.

    Act of Treason

  • And, because he had unconsci-ously used kiai, the samurai's war shout, Justine felt as if she had been physically assaulted.

    The White Ninja

  • From it emanated a kiai known as toate-no-ate, the distant strike.

    The Miko

  • Just as kiai was used as a war shout to terrify and, in some cases, paralyze one's opponent, so there was a more subtle offshoot, ichi.

    The Miko

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.