Please take a look at Articles on self-defense/conflict/violence for introductions to the references found in the bibliography page.

Please take a look at my bibliography if you do not see a proper reference to a post.

Please take a look at my Notable Quotes

Hey, Attention on Deck!

Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:

I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.

Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.

“What you are reading right now is a blog. It’s written and posted by me, because I want to. I get no financial remuneration for writing it. I don’t have to meet anyone’s criteria in order to post it. Not only I don’t have an employer or publisher, but I’m not even constrained by having to please an audience. If people won’t like it, they won’t read it, but I won’t lose anything by it. Provided I don’t break any laws (libel, incitement to violence, etc.), I can post whatever I want. This means that I can write openly and honestly, however controversial my opinions may be. It also means that I could write total bullshit; there is no quality control. I could be biased. I could be insane. I could be trolling. … not all sources are equivalent, and all sources have their pros and cons. These needs to be taken into account when evaluating information, and all information should be evaluated. - God’s Bastard, Sourcing Sources (this applies to this and other blogs by me as well; if you follow the idea's, advice or information you are on your own, don't come crying to me, it is all on you do do the work to make sure it works for you!)

“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames (note: you are on your own, make sure you get expert hands-on guidance in all things martial and self-defense)

“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne

Search This Blog

The Power of Ki

Ki no Chikara wo Tsukau (Kee no chee-kah-rah oh T'sue-kow), or "using the Power of Ki." The concept, and use, of ki is ancient in Asia. Several thousand years ago in India and China, men learned through introspection that the blood circulates through the body. [blood circulates like sun and moon?] There is some kind of life-force that permeates the body, can be manipulated by the mind, and reacts to the touch and to the insertion of needles into the pathways of this energy [meridians].

The body is infused with a kind of energy and that this energy can be focused by the mind to alter blood pressure, control pain and do other physical things.

Ki is variously translated as "energy [精]," "spirit  [精]," "mind  [精][精神(せいしん)/ spirit, mind, soul]" and "cosmic breath." The Japanese and other Asians learned long ago   that one can marshal or summon up the power of ki fro a sudden burst of energy by shouting. This should does not have to be kiai itself. It can be any sound, with or without a meaning.

Ki refers to both emotional and spiritual energy. Ki is considered a "cosmic energy," as the animator of life. It was proved over 2,000 year ago, in practices such as acupuncture, that some kind of energy ran throughout the body.

Ki in the Kiai of martial karate can be a slogan, a word, or a nonsensical sound.

DeMente, Boye LaFayette. "The Japanese Samurai Code: Classic strategies for Success." Tuttle Publishing. Vermont. 2004.

MORE .....

Haragei refers to the art of exuding energy, called ki (kee), from the hara (hah-rah) - the solar plexus in English terms - the large network of sympathetic nerves and ganglia located in the peritoneal cavity behind the stomach, and branching out from there. Matsumoto Sensei defines haragei as the verbal and physical actions one employs to influence others by the potency of rich experience and boldness, and dealing with people and situations through ritual formalities. He also defines it as "emotional communication" - which aptly describes virtually all verbal and non-verbal exchanges between the Japanese.

MORE .....

Ki is a cosmic energy the Japanese, as well as other Asian cultures, believe to be the animator of life. They, to their thinking and belief system, proved its existence some 2,000 years ago in such practices as acupuncture and in martial arts. They believe, as I do, that there is an energy that runs through our bodies.

Ki is a cosmic energy and sometimes infers the mind, spirit or cosmic breath. Ki is an intricate part of Aikido and the Japanese today have incorporated it as the shout, called kiai, as well into their business model.

No comments: