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Old 11-25-2006, 08:06 AM   #19
Location: Chicago
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 9
Re: Poll: Is "ki" as used in aikido a metaphor for you?

In American culture, the term "ki" is a word that has become very muddled. i.e. A New Age person might use ki as a term to describe something used in having out of body experiences, manifesting psychic abilities, and other alleged magical powers. It's awkward when the same word ki is thus used to describe natural processes such as throwing attackers, pinning attackers, and maintaining one's own balance while causing attackers to lose theirs. It's frustrating when the word "ki" has such contradictory meanings -- as it's possible for these contradictions to become a barrier to communicating and thinking about the art that we love. One just has to practice our art mindfully, despite the fact that the vocabulary used to describe the art may be imprecise.
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