The Japanese term "Hara," means belly and refers to the abdominal center which is considered man's physical and energetic core. In anatomical terms it includes the area of the stomach, bowel, other organs and nerve complexes. They account for much of the essential metabolism functions of the human body. Physically it is also the body's center of gravity and is considered the local of strength and power -- serving as the link between out legs (rooted to the earth) and hips and upper torso. Energetically it is in the area just below the navel (dan tien also know as the tanden) that body vital energy or ki (chi in Chinese) is developed, concentrated and stored. It is abdomin that the deepest and most natural breathing is centered.
By Christopher Caile
Harageri is the integration of inner control and calm in the hara combined
with Ki (chi) energy that is sought as a foundation and prerequisite for
effective control or interaction with either an opponent or circumstances
of life. The concept acknowledges the importance of a psychological base
to enhance physical activity, especially within a combative, emotional
confrontation. Haragei involves a coming together of the non-physical
aspects of mind, spirit and energy with the body aspects of power, center
of gravity and movement - all centered on the hara, or more specifically
the one point (sekika no tandan just below the navel internal to the body).
The end goal is to harmonize and free the warrior for action by eliminating
thoughts, emotions, tensions, hesitation or thoughts of the self (no mind
or mushin) or any specific attention (fixed focus) which interferes with
perception, intuition and awareness or inhibited reflexive action, courage,
spirit or total commitment to action (fudoshin) heightened by the release
and free flow of vital energy (ki).
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