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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ki, Chi- do you feel it ?

In martial arts there is much a do about Ki . The inner energy force that with proper concentration and practice you can harness . There are several schools of thought that dismiss the idea saying that it's just old wives tales and that it really doesn't exist.
Myself personally I have felt it in the presence of some of my sensei's . I can never forget the first Aikido demonstration that I watched where a rather short( around 5ft tall) lady was tossing guys( my size 6ft) around the Dojo like they were nothing for 20 minutes. She hadn't even broken a sweat .
There is a mind -body connection , and training one and not the other doesn't always enable one to achieve the balance needed to really make use and feel that Ki. Whether it is for healing the body or simply perfecting one's art(martial or otherwise) there is a balance needed.
It has been said that Ki is the origin of life, and when Ki leaves form death ensues, (Tengu geijutsu ron) Any way you look at it there is something that one can draw on in times of need. Provided that clear the mind and allow for it to flow. Kinda like Zazen in that you concentrate on your breath ( especially in the beginning ). That breathing is concentrated in the region of your Hara( belly button area)- where you can also find your Ki. Coincidence, I think not.
Breath in , Breath out,

1 comment:

  1. I'd really like to spend a good amount of time with Hiroshi Ikeda, Sensei and somehow represent graphically the physics involved with what he does. Just the short time I've spent learning from him has provided me with glimpses, but it's so elusive.

    Thanks again for reading my blog and the comment, I'd never have found this if you hadn't.

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