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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


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Ki - The Definitive Answer

First, ki is misunderstood and glamorized by legendary mystically beliefs. Ki, or Chi in Chinese, is not mystical or mysterious. It is not some mystical force that can be projected or used in a manner outside of the individuals body. It is not some projection of energy, energy and power are manifested by the ki within the body and that is how the mystery began. 

Ki or Chi is the name given to a physical phenomena that lacked the ability to explain certain physical feats of the time in which the term was first used. Ki does exist and it does manifest in both energy and power. Not the type of energy as if you were measuring the energy of an explosion or the fictional energy of the force or the energy of nuclear material. 

Ki or Chi is the word coined to explain the seemingly mystical means by which legends were born to the martial arts, both Chinese and Japanese, and are told in the stories passed down through the generations. It was used to explain the then perceive awesome physical abilities that are depicted as flying through the air, flowing through walls and feats of power beyond explanation. This is how it would have seemed to those who witnessed the prowess of early martial artists. 

So, if it is not some mystical power like the Jedi force what is ki? What is Chi? Ki and Chi are the same thing only spelled different or represented by characters/ideograms perceived and translated differently but the actual ki/chi are the same. For ease of writing this post when I state "ki" I mean both "ki and chi."

Ki is very physical. It is an energy that is manifested in martial arts as power. It begins as first a mind-set. I mean by mind-set where your ability to generate physical energy and power though your attitude. If you think you are weak, you will be weak. If you think you cannot do something, you will not do it. Your mind-set through the attitude you have, use and project affects the type of energy and power that your body will have and use. 

Ki is very physical. It is an energy that is manifested through the fuel you provide your body. Junk in, Junk out. That fuel, the food and water you consume, is processed and the level of vitamins, minerals and nutrients will provide for the level of energy within your body. If you put dirt in a gas thank the engine will not start. If you put diesal in a gas driven engine it might start and it might run, but with no energy and power. It will run rough and fail quickly. If you put regular gas in a high octane performance engine it will run - poorly and with minimal power and energy and speed. If you place high octane fuel in the tank you will get maximum energy, power and performance. 

Ki is very physical. When the stomach and intestines process the fuel it passes its high octane nutrients, etc. into the blood stream and that circulates through out the body providing it with fuel, energy, and power along with all the benefits. 

Ki is very physical. If a person has studied a martial art and has a grasp of the fundamentals of martial systems then they know all the parts that make up the whole that is ki. Karate and other martial arts are about energy and power for conflict and violence and ki is a part of that process connected to the fundamental principals of martial systems. A person who can make them work in any discipline has great ki or chi. Simply put they have gained proficiency in optimizing their body and mind to achieve extraordinary things much like the legends of Chinese, Japanese and Okinawan history. 

Ki is also gaseous. Breathing is another means by which we gather, gain and use energy and power. The manner in which you breath promotes low energy or high energy depending on what physical activity you do. Lack of proper breathing means no energy, no power, no ability. 

There is an energy that truly routes through out your body. From the blood, to the organs, into the muscles, bones, tendons, cartilage, etc. that permeates your entire body. The level of that energy derived from things like the fuel you consume, the air you breath and the actions you take both mentally and physically all are ki and all circulate and all provide you energy levels, power levels and ability levels. 

Ki is the result of the actions you take, the mind-set of your attitude and the limitations you place upon yourself in what you know, do and perform. Ki is the very essence of the physical and mental of your body and you control it all with your mind. The level of ki is determined by you and you alone. It is not external except in the manifestation of the mind and bodies actions resulting from fuel, mind-set, and physical actions/activities, etc. 

Ki can even be defined by perceptions as demonstrated through one's aura. It is that distance your mind perceives and detects as to close for comfort. It is not some force field but perception. Perception has an affect on your mind and body therefore on the energy and power levels used by the body and mind. 

This is ki. It is not mystical and the control you have on it is personal and limited to the physical and mental given by the individual. You can't share it, you can't project it though empty space but you can transfer it as energy and power as explained through chinkuchi and other such explanations for martial prowess. 

Basketball players have this ki, football players have this ki, all athletes have this ki. Everyone living has this type of ki and use it to live well but martial artists and other professionals build it up through diet, exercise and mind-set into more than normal. 

Ki or Chi is real, just not what most believe. Today's world of science allows us to see, feel and understand the concept of ki where in ancient times there was no way to achieve this understanding resulting in the legendary mystical legends told in stories and depicted in movies of modern times. 

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