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Old 06-17-2003, 05:17 PM   #26
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From a fairly recent interview with Koichi Tohei Sensei...
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What is the biggest misunderstanding about Ki?

The biggest mistake is to think of Ki as something magic or supernatural. In fact Ki is as natural as air and water. Some people teach that they can ''use Ki'' to make people fall down without touching them, but this tends to work only on the teacher's students. I teach people to be natural, and have never taught anything else. I do demonstrations when I teach, that some people might consider out of the ordinary, such as making your body unliftable even by several strong people, or being centered so that no one can push you over. However, none of these things are supernatural, and all of my students can do them as well. It does not require an assistant who will cooperate to make the trick work. This is why I always call people out of the audience whom I have never met to do the demonstration. People who see this without understanding it might call it supernatural, but I have never promoted myself in this way.
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