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Old 08-01-2005, 06:11 PM   #1
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Question define ki

I have heard so much stuff and its all complex and I am still a beginner.Can someone give me a simple description of ki. Please and Thank you
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:14 PM   #2
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Re: define ki

the best description that satisfied me I found in a book: Branching Streams Flowing in the Darkness:


The lid must fit the pot.

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Old 08-02-2005, 11:53 AM   #3
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Re: define ki

I like to think of it as a moment of pure synchronization. Your muscles, your breathing, your body movment, your energy all flowing toward the same goal at that time with upmost control. I am by no means an expert on the subject but I don't really view ki from the spirtual side, this is my interpretation of ki, I imagine everybodies is slighty if not totally different.
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Old 08-02-2005, 12:11 PM   #4
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Re: define ki

"In the first place, a human being possesses a mind and a body, but these alone are not enough. An activating force is required to connect the mind and the body, and this is the ki in Aikido; it is this that completes the trilogy of ki, mind and body.

Although the founder had a deep interest in philosophy, he probably would not have known of the philosophies of ancient India. However, he appears to have come to the understanding that what he called the 'expert use of ki' is synonymous with that state in which the mind and the body are unified and in harmony with the universe, a state that he achieved through many years of physical and spiritual training. The 'expert use of ki' means making ki work exquisitely and allowing the body to work in harmony with the mind. The founder discovered that the expert use of 'ki' could be realize though subtle changes in breathing."

from a summarized interview with Kisshomaru Ueshiba The Mysterious Power of Ki by Kouzo Kaku pg. 143

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