Kihap (Shouting) During Training
At the 2015 Finnish Haedong Kumdo Training Summer Camp
there was a question regarding the Kihap demonstrated in the Kumbups training videos.
Kihap is the Korean termfor shouting and can be described by its: sound, vibration, wavelength, and light. Knowledge of Kihap is helpful both in martial arts and in life.
2) Scientific explanation and comparison – particles and waves etc.
3) Description of parts related to sound – vibration, resonance, etc.
6) Health maintenance – activate cells in the body by vibrationand sound
7) Treatment of ailments – symptoms of organ and nervous system issues
8) Use of religion and philosophy to explain the principleof nature – Bulbeopseung in Buddhist, Christian Trinity, Yin Yang, Taekuk, Mukuk, etc.
The word “Kihap” itself is very simple to explain, but in depth explanations of the above 8 topics will facilitate a deeper understanding of martial art training.
The Jinyoungssangkum Ryu teaches and improves their students’ skills physically and technically through training and theory, requiring students to understand the purpose of every movement.
The theory taught also introduces the principles of nature, urges students to lead a virtuous life, and encourages students to “think outside the box.”
The goal of JSKR is to guide students in their journey towards spiritual growth and creative thinking.
JSKR training also aids in adapting to modern life through changing unproductive thought processes and inspiring students to improve their lives.
As a result, it is imperative that JSKR also changes and adapts to remain a relevant practice for training the body and cultivate the mind.
Here are some simple answers to the question about the kihap in the video shown at the 2015 Finnish Summer Camp.
1. What is Kihap
What is kihap?
Ki ( 氣 ) means energy
Hap ( 合 ) means to collect
Therefore kihap literally means to collect energy.
It is the collection of energy that flows throughout the body. The energy is collected in one place and at one time with the mind, then used when it is needed.
In the martial arts training, kihap will be helpful in improving their physical strength and skills in Keyukkum, Kumbups, Beki, etc.
With modern technology and techniques we are able to research the benefits of mind-cultivation training on health and happiness. It is my hope that we will make better use of this knowledge.
We are able to study the effects of variations of vocal sounds on organs. Because a kihap is a sound, we can understand why it is able to affect the 60 trillion cells of the body. However, the reasons for using kihap vary widely between different sources.
Below, I have compiled a list detailing the many purposes and effects of using kihap. These can also be observed when watching kumbups kihap when they deem it is necessary.
1) To collect an instantaneous power at one place
2) To control the breathing according to the current condition of the body
3) To stimulate the injured or exhausted body into correct posture
4) To gain the confidence to resist and retaliate
1) Open all hyuel all over the body at once
2) Feel the empty mind becoming filled
3) Increase confidence
4) Relax and use the sword naturally
5) Increase awareness of how to make better use of the body
6) Learn the importance of using the entire body and the proper way of using it
7) Come to understand how to amplify the power collected by using the weight of the whole body
8) Learn how to collect energy in any place you want
9) Understand that the vocalization of the word “kihap” is natural