Ki (energy) To the Universe
Ki Energy…martial arts style.
Call it chi energy, chi power, qigong, or whatever, it is a most mystical concept that is responsible for heightened energy, awareness, and just about anything else that is not understood in one’s study of the Martial Arts.
It is unfortunate that most instructor’s fall back on, ‘Do this exercise and you will know when it happens.’
It is the purpose of this article to set forth, in definitive and easily understood terms, the exact nature of Ki energy in the Martial Arts, and this includes fighting disciplines such as aikido, karate, kung fu, shaolin, taekwondo, or whatever.
Ki Power, in the martial arts, is Intention, or will power.
Intention is: a plan of action; design.
But, more than this, accept this writer’s definition: Intention is the manifestation of the human spirit.
Consider the following examples of how individuals can build Chi in their martial Arts and lives.
A superior cook creates superior food because he ‘puts himself into his work,’ he invests chi in his cookery.
A superior mechanic fixes cars that stay fixed because he invests himself with a sound knowledge of mechanics, and applies that knowledge exactly, and that is the application of chi.
A superior fighter, one who understands chi power, involves himself in the analysis of body motion to the exclusion of time.
It is important to exclude time because that means the Artist is doing the Art purely, without distraction.
Simply, if one is aware of time, then that awareness is not being invested into the fighting discipline, and therefore the Art will not manifest it’s rewards to that person.
To put it another way, if the student suddenly blinks and realizes that two hours has passed and he was never aware of the passing, then he has invested himself properly into the Art, and he has built chi.
Your will power, you see, must be pure, if you want to build chi. Time is a fine measuring stick when assessing Martial Purity and the degree to which one has invested himself in his particular style of Martial Arts.
If you study a discipline that is sound, that has much chi power, then your spirit will manifest as chi power.
How does one define a ‘Sound Art?’
The methodology must be simple and logical, and scientifically accurate according to the principles you are about to read.
Martial Ki Energy Principle One
All parts of the body must support one intention. This is ‘Coordinated Body Motion.’ This means you must analyze the mass, muscle, shape, etc., of every single body part, and learn to move every body part in harmony with every other body part. And every body part must ascribe to a specific plan. This is the exact procedure for building chi power.
Martial Arts Ki Energy Principle Two
The body is a machine. The legs are the grounds, the Tan Tien is the core of the motor, by shifting weight one causes positive/negative energy flow through the legs, which activates the Tan Tien to create that specific Ki Energy which is most agreeable to the Martial Arts.
(There are other types of Ki Energy, but if you master this one by adhering to the principles I am describing then those other types of energy will ‘Teach themselves’ to you.)
A machine is: A system formed and connected to alter, transmit, and direct applied forces to accomplish a specific objective.
Thus, a machine can be used (must be established) to enhance will power.
In various Martial systems this means that one can use the body to enhance one’s will power.
Let’s examine a few examples of how this might work.
If your stance is a ‘Fighting stance,’ and is not used to connect you to the planet so that the machine of your body can better function, then your fighting discipline is not True (True: proper alignment or adjustment) and it will be lacking qigong.
If your Intention is to ‘Beat your fellow man,’ (or achieve some other nefarious purpose or glory) then your Intention is not aimed at a more pure objective, such as mechanical perfection and manifestation of Ki; thus, you betray the goal of growing your Chi power.
I should add the aside that being able to fight well enough to subdue an opponent is a fact easily achieved through a True discipline, and a goal not worthy of much more than passing note. There is much more to the study of martial arts, and I am talking about Karate, Kung Fu, and that sort of art here, than beating your fellow man.
Martial Arts Ki Energy Principle Three
The fighting disciplines are geometry.
Leonardo Da Vinci once achieved entrance to a locked city by proving himself; he simply drew a perfect circle on the gate to the city. The gatekeeper bowed to such perfection.
Superior Japanese swordsmen, when they practice, imagine a sword forever, and a reality in two equal parts. This is good qigong.
A Pa Kua stylist, or Aikidoist, involves himself in the perfection of circles, spirals, and so on. Again, good qigong.
Even the operator of a simple projectile weapon, such as a pistol, knows that he must construct an imaginary line to his target, and that that line must be straight.
Perfect Geometry is best achieved through the medium of space. Pure emptiness, which can only be imagined, is the best canvas for arcs and intentions that split that false realm known as reality.
How does one achieve that perfect emptiness, and so construct a canvas worthy of pure Intention?
By losing oneself in the practice of the Martial Arts, and in the developing of chi power, so that there is no perception of time.
Work, without regard to reality, absolves one of reality.
Martial Arts Ki Energy Principle Four
Without virtue there is no Ki Energy.
This principle is so self-evident, so universally manifested, that it shouldn’t need to be said.
When one considers the Martial Arts one should think in terms of far goals.
The Intention to create a Perfect Punch is admirable, but the end of your punch, no matter how forever, is the end of your Art. A swordstroke that divides reality into two equal parts is nifty, but time ends, and so does the sword stroke.
What weapon can you use that is sharper than a sword, yet will not end?
Hit an opponent with friendship and he will succumb.
Destroy an enemy with love and he is yours forever.
Slay an army with logic, and that army will forever protect you.
Virtue is: effective force or power to produce a definite result.
How many individual virtues can you name?
Martial Arts Ki Energy Conclusion
The Martial method can be used to create a strong body which, when aligned, will manifest the Intention of the human being. The Intention of the human being is best served by Virtue.
Use the weapon to study virtue and your Martial Art will never end.
And that, my friends, is the Ki (energy) to the Universe.
This has been a page about qigong, or chi power. Check out the definitive Matrixing Chi, by Al Case.