Graham Christian wrote: View Post
Many have gone into the chinese internal stuff ...
Yes. One of them was named Ueshiba Morihei ...
And before him, his teacher -- Sokaku Takeda.
The ideas of ki and aiki weren't created in Japan, in a vacuum. Island nations with no input from anywhere else, would show no trace of any similarity with mainland cultures. Like so many other deep and sophisticated ideas, Japan was liberally immersed in Chinese philosophy and concepts, as well as crafts and arts. Where do you think Japan got kanji from? Its intro to Buddhism? Or sumi-e? Or even tea ceremony and the concept of the landscape garden? Esoteric internal body disciplines were yet another import from China. Among them were, with 99.99% certainty, those that embodied the concepts of ki and aiki.