If you’ve trained martial arts for any length of time, this should come as no surprise. The old masters have known this for centuries. In the Japanese arts, this phenomenon is referred to as kiai , or “spirit shout”, and in the Chinese arts, (i.e. kung fu), we train heng/ha 哼哈, and specifically in I Liq Chuan we also train tu’na 吐納 breathing. The shout helps to increase core stability which results in more power to the limbs. For example, in this study, researchers found that improving core stability of female handball players resulted in an increased throwing speed of almost 5%.
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