What is KI
This page is to clarify the common base for all the arts I practice- KI.
KI is a Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word: QI (pronounced “Chi”) and equal to the Hindu concept of “PRANA”. The meaning of it is “Life force” or “life energy”.
Ki is the cosmic life energy that runs through all matter in the universe and unites all living things, just like air itself.
The capability of allowing KI to run through us at the maximum way and with no interruptions is considered the core principle of health in Oriental medicine. The root of disease, therefore, is considered as a disruption in the flow of KI through us (blockage) causing many kinds of reactions or tissue degeneration & sickness, depending on type, location, kind etc.
KI flows endlessly throughout the universe, in a cosmic cycle (TAO) dynamically changing in between 2 poles: YIN & YANG. Those 2 poles are like complementary phases of KI energy and can be considered like High & low, Day & Night, Activity & Rest etc. In order to fully merge with the KI we must be aware of it and accept its nature!
A more modern approach to understanding “KI” may be the use of “Aerobic energy” compared to “Anaerobic energy” in our body. The Aerobic energy in a protein-based energy produced from nutrients, stored in the liver and nourishes the body in every breath via the blood cycle. It is a long term energy and depends in our nutrients, breathe power and blood cycle. Anaerobic energy, derived from our “muscle power” is much shorter to use and produce fatigue-causing elements such as lactic-acid and carbon-dioxide.
Many healing arts such as SHIATSU and ANMA focus on “clearing the pathways” for KI to flow in our body, by stimulating and regulating body points and neutralizing stress.
Many martial arts focus on merging with the KI in order to anticipate the attacker’s movement and communicate with him/her in the best manner possible. Developing awareness to KI through our movement, posture and senses actually contributes a lot to our health!
Through AIKIDO, SHIATSU and ANMA I hope to educate the public to understand and sense “KI flow” much better and thus to improve!