Re: Long road vs short road to ki power (aiki, internal strength...)
I don't want anyone to get the idea that learning internal skills is an easy short path. You have to train your body/mind like crazy in order to make this stuff work.
That being said, if one wants to take the longer path, thats of course their own decision. The problem is though, that few people are going to be able to put it all together on their own. I've felt some people who have some aspects, but its rare to find someone who has the whole package. If someone can at least show you what internal strength feels like, even if they don't teach you how to develop it, then you are in way better shape if you want to learn it on your own through years of repetition.
Otherwise, I think one will be fumbling around in the dark for a very long time simply because one doesnt have any point of reference.