Done Magee wrote:
"None of these tricks required the mental focus I was once told they required. They simply required proper understanding of the mechanical forces used and how to manipulate them in my favor."
Bingo! I agree 100% All the misdirected mental focus was a waste of time - that could have been used to do other stuff in the meanwhile. Western martial artists practicing Asian arts may have a real advantage in the cultural difference, a) explaining something clearly in a currently viable physical paradigm (even though the explanation may not be complete, and a lot of stuff that advanced practitioners of "ki" skills can do is still not easily explainable this way) b) actually wanting to make it open for common use.