Thread: What is ki ?
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Old 06-21-2003, 11:42 AM   #3
Charles Hill
Dojo: Numazu Aikikai/Aikikai Honbu Dojo
Location: Three Lakes WI/ Mishima Japan
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 837
I think there is a fundamental problem in using a word as educational tool if that word is not clearly defined and understood through experience by the student. The fact that we are using a Japanese word, indicates to me that the whole thing is inscrutable.

I believe that if a person has an understanding of "ki" and wants another person to understand it, the only way is to have that person do things that engender a "ki" experience, and then point to that experience and say to the person, "What you are experiencing is ki."

To go the other way, that is start with a verbal concept of ki and then endeavor to have a person experience it, is near to impossible. I have heard someone describe ki as like being in love, inexpressable in words, but when you're in it, you know it.

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