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Old 07-27-2013, 11:59 AM   #4
Dojo: Ellis Schools of Traditional Aikido
Location: Bracknell
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Re: Practicing Ki is dangerous?!

Huy Pham wrote: View Post
Hi everyone, I'm new here

I just have practiced Aikido in about a month, and begin to read some book about it. I found that Ki is the essential of Aikido, but in my dojo, my sensei hasn't mentioned much about it.

Once, I asked him about practicing Ki, he said Ki is like Chi Gong - some kind of Chinese martial art focus on breathing - and danger to practice without great instructor. He also said that someone had some kind of mental damage while practicing by himself, before.

But if it's a danger thing why O' Sensei never mention about it. O Sensei said that Aikido can be practiced by anyone, why can a thing like that carry a serious danger?

I really don't know if that man who had the mental damage learn Ki from Tohei's books or elsewhere. But I have some questions still stuck in my mind. What's the different between Ki in Aikido and Chi in Chi Gong? Can I practice Ki by following Tohei's book? Because I don't think I can find someone to teach me about Ki around my place.

P/s: I am sorry about my writing. I'm really not good at english.

You are not making a good start after only one month of study are you ?. You are reading books and questioning the advice of your teacher, you would do better to put the books in the loft and just train hard in Aikido. In the 1950s I recall the great Budo teacher Kenshiro Abbe Sensei reply to being asked about `Ki` - he said " don't speak to me about Ki in Aikido until after you are Shodan ".

You may do well to heed the first part of Marc's advice

Henry Ellis
Co-author `Positive Aikido`
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