Kiai, Kake-goe and Kime, Part 3, Kime

Kiai, Kake-goe and Kime

Part 3, Kime

In the following, I will try to clarify what I understand by Kime.

There has been a lot of different explanations on Kime over time.

One explanation is that one’s Gi must give a loud “snap” while punching. If there is a loud “snap” the technique was done correctly. Now the technique is performed with good Kime, true Karate spirit was shown.

Another explanation for Kime is to make a contraction of the muscles at the end of the technique. I mention that one earlier in connection with my article about Kiai.

I consider this, as the first example, to be incorrect Kime, but that is just my opinion.

However, what exactly is Kime? – Kime for me is perfect control and coordination of the whole body at one time. It is the interaction between all individual parts of the body, both physically and mentally, from start to finish, achieving full efficiency and therefore benefiting from the techniques.

The goal is to perform the techniques in a physically relaxed and harmonious state. When executing the technique the whole body should be involved, this also involves breathing. This fusion is what I think of when speaking of Kime. With this in mind, a technique can have lots of Kime without the use of provoked muscle contraction. This also applies when you go for a walk. You are relaxed and your whole body works together as a unit. It’s that simple!

Therefore, my definition of Kime is:

“Perfect control and coordination of the whole body at one time. It is the interaction between all individual parts of the body, both physically and mentally, from start to finish, achieving full efficiency and benefiting from the executed technique”.

A development of Kime happens constantly when training Kihon, Kata, or Kumite. The same also applies when training on focus pads, punching bags, etc.

Kime can easily be present, in connection with natural breathing, although Kake-goe is not used, whether the techniques are performed quickly or slowly.

 

Thanks for reading ;-)

 


From Facebook debate:
Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen wrote:
My Japanese dictionary also translates as follows

Kime (Kimeru): to decide, to choose, to determine, to make up one’s mind, to resolve, to set one’s heart on, to settle, to arrange, to set, to appoint, to fix.

Yes, the word can be used in many ways.

I think you have to “fixate” the movement/technique in a harmonical way where the whole body is involved.
I found this video, just look at the fluidity and controlled movements, with minimal tension. All parts of his body work together to achieve the goal.

This is Kime.


From Facebook debate:
Gert Corfitzen Jürgensen wrote:
Thanks for sharing the video, which actually describes my point of view.

Control and coordination of the whole body.
No provoked muscle contraction.
The goal is to perform the techniques in a physically relaxed and harmonious state.

My point of view can be seen at 151 sec. into the video.

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