Re: Long road vs short road to ki power (aiki, internal strength...)
Long or short road? Hmm.
Correct training, repetative training. obsession, thinking, innovation and sweat. It can't be forced it takes time-in. It is most certainly faster than just kata.
My wife still walks out of the bedroom at night to get a drink and makes fun of me sweating through some exercise or another in the living room. Or looking for me in the morning out back with a pole.
I always ask people "You want to know this stuff and do it eh?" "Hell ya!!" They say.
Then I ask
"How long did you train today?"
I never seem to get a good answer to that question.