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#84436 - 04/13/05 01:56 AM Have you ever seen....

Someone do something amazing with their ki? Such as move objects? Or perhaps things that just made you say "wow...." I'm not talking about watching it on tv or from a DVD either. I mean in the dojo.

Don't mean to offend anyone or sound like a newb, just wondering.

#84437 - 04/25/05 03:45 AM Re: Have you ever seen....

#84438 - 04/25/05 10:29 AM Re: Have you ever seen....

[QUOTE]Originally posted by AkhilleusWeeps:
Someone do something amazing with their ki? Such as move objects?...I mean in the dojo.[/QUOTE]

The university police chief was not an impressive-looking fellow. He taught a generic "kung fu" class and I dropped in. I had a lot of Japanese martial arts experience and considered him and his students to look rather "floppy" and not sharp and crisp, like the the Japanese stylists. I did find some of the techniques pretty interesting, but overall, lacking.

Well, the instructor must have noticed. He had us fold up a folding mat and stand it on end, with four people holding it. I was on the left side, behind another guy, pushing into his back. The smallish, roundish police chief did a rather sloppy looking jump kick, which I thought looked rather like a chicken.

But when he kicked the mat, I came off my feet and went up and back about five feet, landing softly upright. It felt like being in water in an inner tube and having a large wave pick you up and move you some distance: soft yet huge and absolutely irresistable.

I've never forgotten it.

Also, I've been thrown in aikinage by an aikido master. This is where he throws you without "touching" you--either with or without your grabbing him. In this case, I grabbed him and, with my own grip while I was resisting, he threw me spectacularly. No other teacher has ever done that to me. I've done a few aikinage "by accident" in over 33 years of martial arts and I've popped a guy up and across a hallway without meaning to while doing chi sao "sticking hands" from tai chi.

So I've seen it, felt it, had it done to me and I've done it a few times "accidentally" in over three decades.

I don't believe in throwing or striking people from a distance. I don't believe in "ki balls" or "ki blasts," though both of these seem to be exaggerations of "kiai," which I know to be real.


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