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To Ki or Not to Ki
Here is a first draft for one of my early, previously published articles on Ki. Hopefully you can find the information useful.

By Scott Shaw

Since the Asian martial arts began to be integrated into western society, the concept of Ki has been one of the most hotly debated topics. Does it exist? Will it give an individual superhuman power? Or, is its just a bunch of hocus-pocus?

This ongoing debate over Ki has left many western martial art practitioners in a continued state of question. This lack of definition is enhance by the fact that Ki and it usage is oftentimes referenced by Asian born instructors. Yet, many of these instructors never discuss how an individual can come to consciously interact with this ancient understanding.

Certainly, Asian martial art films have fueled the fire by detailing that the practitioner who knows how to tap into Ki possess unmatched power and the ability to overcome even the largest opponent. But, perhaps that is the sourcepoint where the true understanding of Ki has truly been lost. Ki is not just a metaphysical protein shake that provides you with added adrenaline to allow you kick the butt of somebody you don’t like. Ki is an energy which is much more subtle than that. But, its mastery is a complex and complicated subject that takes focused understanding to comprehend. In this article some of the understanding of Ki, what it actually means, how it is actually developed, and how it can be used will be discussed.

Ki in the Korean Martial Arts
Martial artists continually hear about the mystical power of Ki energy and how people who have mastered this science possess superhuman strength and can debilitate an opponent with a single touch. Though Ki is continually spoken of—in most Korean martial arts dojangs the ancient techniques designed to harness this amazing energy are completely absent. There are, however, other systems of self-defense, such as Aikido, which teach their students the components of Ki understanding from the beginning stages of their training.

It can certainly be understood that a novice student must master the physical elements of their body before they can hope to move forward into successfully incorporating the much more subtler aspects of internal energy. Yet, even among the Korean systems of self-defense that, by their very name, supposedly embrace this knowledge, very few instructors teach their students the methods of harnessing Ki.

As the ever-evolving worldwide martial art culture has continued to move forward with exchange and integration of varying systems of self-defense, it is important that students of even hard style martial arts come to embrace the understanding of Ki. From this, they make themselves not only more complete martial artists, but more well rounded human beings, as well.

The Foundations for Ki
The understanding of Ki was first documented over two thousand years ago in Chinese during the Warring State Period. A text written entitled, Huang Ti Nei Ching Su Wen, described Ki as the Universal Energy that nourishes and sustains all life. It flows through the universe and thus, through each individual. An abundant, non restricted, flow of Ki in the body allows one to remain healthy; while a diminished or impeded flow of Ki in the body lead one to illness. From China this knowledge was passed onto the Korean Peninsula is approximately 200 B.C.E.

The reason Ki is helpful to one’s self defense is two fold; first of all, the Ki practitioner understands how Ki energy flows endlessly throughout the universe and will enter the willing, unhindered body in unlimited supply. From this, the martial artists become a conscious participant of this unyielding strength and energy. Secondarily, the advanced martial artist understands how Ki progresses along the meridian pathways of the human body. From this knowledge, the Ki practitioner possesses the ability to strike an attacking opponent in vital Pressure Points, (Kup Sul in Korean) and disrupt the flow of Ki energy in his body.

Physical Strength verses Ki
Physical strength is not a universal strength. Thus, it should be unnecessarily feared. Physical strength, such as heightened muscle development, is a process of body enhancement that is easily achieved by prescribed physically orientated weight lifting exercises. This type of strength development is, however, quickly lost when the exercises are discontinued. Muscle development is, therefore, a temporal form of strength. The individual who develops internal strength through the use of Ki, on the other hand, never loses his understanding of how to effectively access Ki. Thus, this form of internal strength and energy is always available to him.

Understanding Ki Energy in the Human Body
Ki flows through the human body along invisible circulation channels known as Meridians. There are a total of twelve Primary or Constant Meridians in the human bodyC. Two other Meridians pathways exist, known as secondary Meridians.

Pressure Points
Kup Shul, Pressure Points are precise access sites along a Meridian. These Kyusho when properly stimulated by Acupuncture or Acupressure enhances the flow of Ki along a specified Meridian. Thus, exacting pressure to Kyusho aid the body in recovering from Ki blockage or Ki deficiency.

Ki stimulation of a specific meridian is commonly understood to aid in adding Ki flow to a specific meridian of the body; additionally, if these Kyusho are impacted with a precise and specific offensive strike they can also hamper the flow of Ki in an individual. This is where the martial artist begins to utilize Ki in the realms of self-defense.

The Basis of Ki Self Defense
For the martial artists to effective utilize Ki at will, he must be able to readily access this universal energy. To achieve this possess an astute mental focus, developed through meditation (munyum) and an expanded understanding of how Ki interact with the human form.

Ki Gong, (Ki skill) is the first step in obtaining the ability to consciously focalize your Ki energy for external use. Ki Gong is initially accomplished by concentration on your Center Point. The Center Point is generally referenced, in the martial art world, by the Japanese term, Hara.

The Center Point
The Tanden, (Burning Place of Energy), is the center of balance of the human body. It is additionally the bodily location where Ki energy congregates.

The Tanden is located approximately four inches below the navel and extended two inches in each direction from this central point. This bodily location is the source point of all usable Ki in the human form and is, therefore, a highly revered bodily location.

The martial arts practitioner who desires to utilize Ki energy efficiently must first define this location. This can be readily accomplished by performing the Center Point Defining Exercise and the Opening and Closing Exercise.

Center Point Defining Exercise
Stand with your legs separated, approximately even with your shoulders. Allow your knees to be slightly bent. Your feet should be pointing forward, in a natural pattern. Bend your elbows slightly. Extend the fingers of your hand naturally straight. Do not tighten the muscles of your hand, but allow your fingers to be semi relaxed and naturally separated. Bring your two hands in front of your Center Point Separate your thumbs from your forefingers; allow them to form an inverted triangle with approximately one inch of separation between both of your thumbs and forefingers.

Once you have achieved this stance, close your eyes and breathe slowly, yet deeply. Allow your breaths to go deep into your abdomen. Once you achieve a relative state of calm, after approximately ten natural breaths, begin to visualize the location of your Center Point.

Now, pivot your wrists, until your open palms face upward. Bring your fingers together and allow then to point towards one another. Breathe deeply in through your nose, as you visualize your breath entering your body in a golden flow through your nose and finding its way to Center Point. As you perform this exercise, bring your hands slowly up your body, accompanying your breath, until they reach your chest level.

Once you have taken in a full breath, hold it in naturally for a moment. Embrace its golden essence and power as it congregates in your Center Point. Now, release it; pivot your palms over to a downward facing positioning and allow the golden breath to naturally leave your body. See it flow from your Center Point in a golden flow and exit through your nose. Witness this as your hands travel downwards to their beginning positioning.

From this exercise, the exact individual location of your Center Point will clearly come into focus and you will develop the ability to easily direct Ki throughout your body, from it. You should perform this Center Point breathing technique at least ten times, any time you need to refocus your body, mind, or Ki energy.

The Opening and Closing Exercise
The Cosmic Mudra of Opening and Closing Exercise not only focuses the mind on the location of the Hara but additionally is a movement meditation as it focuses the movements of the body with the human breath, thus forming a conscious link to the meditative mind.

To perform this exercise, stand with your legs separated, approximately even with your shoulders. Allow your knees to be slightly bent. Your feet should be pointing forward, in a natural pattern. Bend your elbows slightly, allowing your arms to fall naturally at your side. Extend the fingers of your hands naturally straight. Do not tighten the muscles of your hand, but allow your fingers to be semi relaxed and naturally separated.

Close your eyes and begin to observe your breath as it enters your body naturally. Observe the in-flow and then exhale of your breath for a few moments. When you feel comfortable in your standing positioning and your mind has become calmed, begin to visualize Ki entering your body through your breath in a golden flow. Witness it entering through your nose and progressing to your Hara. With each in-breath, see the golden flow of Ki enter your body, filling your Hara with Ki energy. With each out-breath witness the expelled Ki engulfing your surroundings in a golden flow of Ki energy.

Now, bring your hands up into prayer positioning in front of your face. Observe three complete breath cycles of golden Ki energy entering your body. As your exhale your third breath, bring your hands above your head, allowing your thumbs and your first fingers to touch; your other fingers are extended naturally. With your next golden Ki filled in-breath, mentally say the Mantra, “Om,” as you circularly bring your hands down, uniting your thumbs and first fingers again in front of your Hara. With the out-breath send your hands above your head again. With each new in-breath, repeat Om, as your hands travel in front of your Hara. With each out-breath direct your hands above your head.

This exercise should be performed approximately ten times a day as a method to define the location of your Hara and to link your body and mind with cosmic infinite energy. Once your Hara is clearly located, this exercise can then be performed as a movement meditation to consciously link your body and mind with the universal Ki force entering your body and congregating in your Hara.

The Four-Phase Ki Breath Exercise
Once your Hara is clearly defined, you can take Ki Kokyu ho, (Breath Control Practice), to the next level in order to consciously link the intake of Ki to your breath. Begin by being seated in Seiza, Kneeling Posture. Focus your mind by watching your natural breathing patterns for a few moments.

You will now begin the technique known as the Four Phase Breath Control Exercise. The Four Phase Breath Control Exercise is accomplished by first, inhaling deeply in a continuous flow through your nose. Allow the intake of your breath to be silent. Never force the intake of breath; this only causes resistance from the body. As in the previous Aum no Kokyu Exercise, visualize Ki entering your body in the form of golden light, with each in-breath. Allow the breath to fill your lungs. Witness the Ki breath reaching to your Hara and illuminating this region.

Once your intake of air has been naturally completed, allow this Ki breath to remain in your body. Do not exhale it immediately. Instead, witness the Ki, in the form of golden light, emanating from your Hara and engulfing your being.

When you feel it is time to exhale, do not allow the Ki breath to leave your body in a broken flow. This disrupts the natural pattern of Ki. Guide your breath to exit in a natural consciously continuous motion.

As your breath exits your body, visualize any impurities your body may possess leaving you with the exhalation. All which remains, is pure golden Ki light.

Once you have completely exhaled, do not attempt to immediately refill your lungs. This may take a bit of practice, for many people panic from the initial feeling of oxygen emptiness. Instead of immediately breathing, feel how light your body has become from the absence of air. Observe the emptiness and the purity it possesses. When it becomes necessary to breath, do so. Allow the consciousness of Ki, to again enter your body.

The Four Phase Breath Exercise can be used, simply as described, to enhance Ki visualization and circulation in your body. When you first begin to use this Ki breath control method, allow each phase to last approximately five seconds, or whatever amount of time feels natural to your body. At the outset, do not attempt to hold any phase longer than you feel comfortable with, as this can cause you to disrupt the natural flow of Ki in and out of your body and may even cause you to pass out. As you continue with your further development of Ki energy, however, you will find, due to the increased amount of Ki energy circulating throughout your body, the time period of each phase of this breath control will naturally increase until each phase may last as long as one minute.

Ki orientated Kokyu ho, (Breath Techniques), such as the previously described, Aum no Kokyu and the Four Phase Breath Exercise instructs the subconscious levels of your mind that Ki enters your body through breath. Thus, through breathing in a prescribed manner access to Ki is unlimited. From this understanding, the martial artist brings his body and mind to a new level of cohesive interrelationship with universal Ki energy.

The Center Point and Ki Self Defense
Once the location of the individual’s Hara is firmly delineated, all Ki orientated strikes and self defense applications are accomplished by initially focusing on this Center Point. The Korean word, “Ki Hap,” means the meeting together of energy. These terms defines the yell that is associated with the unleashing of all martial art techniques. This expression signals the fact that the practitioner is pulling Ki up from this Hara and then releasing it as any offensive or defensive technique he is unleashing.

Extending your Ki in Self Defense
The first level of Ki self-defense that must be mastered is how to effectively extend your Ki. By extending your Ki, in a directed fashion, you will add enormous power to any self-defense technique you employ.

Ki Breath Movement Exercise
Assume a natural standing positioning, breath naturally for a few moments, meditatively observing your breath. Now, perform the Four Phase Breath Control Exercise for a repetition of five full Four Phase Breaths. With your new in-breath, pivot your palms upwards at your waist level. As your new breath comes in, visualize Ki entering your body and traveling to your Hara. As your Ki breath come in, bring your palms upwards until they are at your head level. With the completion of your in-breath, hold them in position for five seconds. Visualize Ki emanating from your Hara and traveling up your body, through your arms to your hands. Now, as you exhale, pivot your body directly behind yourself, invert your palms so they are facing downwards, and slowly lower them to the ground in association with your breath. As you do so, witness the golden Ki energy emanating from your palms.

This Ki orientated Breath Control in association with movement will initially train your body how Ki can enter and exit your body in association with movement.

Boulder Push Exercise
Begin in a standing position, with your hands loosely at your side. Focus your attention and begin to breath very consciously, watching your breath extend downwards from your nose into your Center Point in a golden flow. Once you feel calm and possess a good sense of your Hara, take a new breath through your nose, and move your left leg forward, as if you were about to take a step. Remember to maintain conscious focus on your breath as it enters your nose in a golden flow, proceeding to your Hara. This breath enters as your step is taken. As you step, bend both of your elbows slightly and turn your wrists until your open palms are facing upward, at approximately your waist level.

Once your intake of breath is complete, allow the golden breath to remain locked in your Hara. Feel the Ki energy radiate, as you bring your upward facing palms, along the side of your body, to your chest level. Once at chest level, allow your open palms to turn outward and face in front of you.

As you exhale your golden Ki breath, tighten all of the muscles of your shoulders, back, arms, and hands. Powerfully push forward with your open palms, visualizing the golden Ki energy exiting your palms into a large boulder in front of you. The boulder moves with the power of your push. As your arms extend, allow your left arm to remain slightly in front, your right arm slightly behind; pushing forward.

Once your breath is completely exhaled, observe the emptiness for a moment, as your arms remain extended. Feeling the Ki radiating from them.

When it becomes time to take a new breath; breath in, a golden Ki breath and gracefully returning to your original standing position with your hands loosely to your side. When the breath is complete, feel how full of Ki your arms and hands have become. Allow the breath to naturally exit, feeling the Ki remaining.

As is it becomes time to take your next breath, step forward with your right leg this time, and perform the same exercise on your right side.

The Boulder Push Exercise is ideal for focalizing Ki into your arms, shoulders, and hands, when you are anticipating the need to perform strenuous physical movements with them. This is due to the fact, this exercise stimulates the meridians of these limbs, thus providing additional Ki power to them.

As you practice these two extension exercises, witness how first your upper arm, then your lower arm, and finally your hand and fingers begin to feel more and more strength with each out breath; which travels from your Hara out to your fingers. Experience the strength your hand feels as Ki energy permeates from your fingers.

Once you begin to feel the power and energy that you have consciously directed from your hand, with these two Ki extension exercises, you can begin to focus and then extend this same Ki energy from any part of your body. Simply focus your mind, concentrate on your Hara and breath your Ki energy to extend from any location of your body you desire.

Extending Ki through the Straight Punch
As all martial artists understand, at times of self-defense, it may be necessary to aggressively strike out at an attacking opponent. To simply allow the wild emotion of the moment and the force of adrenalin, to guide your defense, you cannot consciously take control of the altercation. For this reason, Spiritual Warrior learns to consciously extend Ki while striking out in times of battle.

The first form of a forward offensive strike, which most novice martial artists are taught, is how to deliver the Straight Punch. The Straight Punch is a refined punching technique. This is because it follows a very linear path to its target. From this, it is not only a very rapid striking technique, but successfully blocking this style of punch becomes much more complicated, as well.

The basic Straight Punch is launched from the Front Stance. A Front Stance is accomplished by extending your right leg forward, a couple of feet in front of your rear, (left), leg. Your forward knee is bent and your rear leg remains substantially straight. Your forward foot faces straight ahead and your rear foot is placed at a forty-five degree angle. Once you have achieved this positioning, find a natural balance with approximately seventy percent of your weight on your forward leg and thirty percent on your rear leg.

Once in the Front Stance, form your hands into fists. Extend your left hand slightly in front of your body, with your fist parallel to the ground. Place your right hand at waist level, with your fist inverted upwards.

As you begin the Straight Punch, slowly extend your right fist forward, directly in front of you. As its name implies, the Straight Punch travels, “Straight ahead,” to its target, which, in this case, is at your solar plexus level, central to your body.

As you are performing this forward punch, at the same time, bring your left hand back to your hip level. As your fists travel, they pivot at wrist level; so your retreating fist ultimately rests in an inverted position, as your punching fist finishes its movement parallel to the ground.

It is important not to practice the Ki orientated Straight Punch fast, as if you were in an actual confrontation. In fact, it is better to perform it slowly in the beginning, as this gives you the ability to consciously witness the entire movement of your punch: how it is extended, how your muscles react, and how you best stay balanced while performing it. From this, you will become much more consciously aware of how your body actually feels as the Straight Punching motion is taking place.

To take the Straight Punch to the level of a Ki technique, it must be performed in conscious association with your breath. Therefore, settle into the Front Stance and take a few deep breaths, watching the golden Ki breath enter your nose and proceeding to your Hara. Once you are focused, begin the punching technique. As you do so, exhale the golden Ki energy which you have stored in your Hara through your nose, visualize this Ki energy extending from your Hara, up you body and along your arm. As your punch reaches its climax, see the golden Ki energy forcefully extending from your fist into an imaginary target in front of you.

This type of Ki extension practice is not limited to the Straight Punch. According to your own martial art abilities, you can associate it with any punching, kicking, or grappling technique desired. The ultimate goal of this type of Ki extension training, is to allow you to become very cognitive of the fact that Ki can emanate from your body in any location you desire it. In the case of self-defense, you can, therefore, focus and utilize your Ki; consciously directing it to an exact location on your opponent’s body.

Strike Intercepts Ki
There are numerous locations on the human body that will directly access Ki meridian pathways. These Kyusho, Pressure Points can be employed to interrupt the flow of Ki in an attacking opponent. By striking precisely to a Kyusho, you can effectively stop the Ki flow along the specific Meridian pathway you are impacting. Thereby, Ki to the element of the body that specific Meridian effects are halted and your opponent will be hindered in his offensive abilities.

Striking to a Pressure Point does not necessarily immediately knock a person out or cause a body part to become instantly numb, as has been propagated by many martial art charlatans. What this type of self-defense does achieve, however, is the interruption of the overall Ki force in an attacker. This type of self-defense may be understood by the analogy of a body part that has fallen asleep, when proper circulation has been cut off from it.

When applying forced pressure to specific Pressure Point, your goal is not to magically render your opponent lifeless. What you are planning to achieve, however, is both short term and long-term interruption of your attacker’s Ki energy.

In the advanced martial arts, a focused Pressure Point strike is initially accomplished by focusing your energy in your Hara, then, as your strike travels towards its final Pressure Point impact point, you expel your focused Ki, with a Ki Ai, and strike your opponent to one of these precise locations. From this, his Ki will be interrupted and you can continue on with additional self-defense as necessary.

Pressure Point Strike Locations
The Pressure Point which are ideally accessed by a single strike are: the top of the skull, the central forehead, behind the ear, the back of the jaw bone, the central chest, the ribs, and the top of the hand.

1. Top of the skull. This is a Pressure Point of the Gall Bladder, Liver, Bladder, and Governing Vessel Meridians. Striking it disorientates the opponent by interrupting Ki circulation to the brain.

2. Central forehead. This is a Pressure Point of the Gall Bladder, Bladder, Triple Warmer, and Governing Vessel Meridians. By striking it, you will substantially disorientate your opponent. This disorientation will last for several minutes, in which time you can leave the scene of the attack or continue with additional self-defense as necessary.

3. Behind the Ear. If you place your finger and feel behind the back of your ear, you will notice a slight protrusion of the bone. This is a Pressure Point for the Gall Bladder and Triple Warmer Meridians. This Pressure Point additionally affects the functioning of the inner ear. As the inner ear directly affects balance, striking this location will cause your opponent to lose his balance and become disorientated.

4. Jaw Bone. The Pressure Point to access on the Jaw Bone is located at the point where the jaw arches; exactly at the point where the jawbone curves and extends out towards your chin. This Pressure Point also affects the function of the inner ear, and thus, the balance of the opponent. It is additionally a Pressure Point for the Stomach, the Small Intestine, and the Triple Warmer Meridians. Striking it disorientates your adversary and affects his balance.

5. Central, upper, chest This Pressure Point is located on the Sternum. (The long flat chest bone, proceeding vertical, joining the ribs). Its exact location is approximately one inch above the solar plexus. It is a Pressure Point of the Kidney and Conceptual Meridians. Due to its close proximity to the heart and the lungs, striking it sets the opponent’s breathing off balance. This sporadic breathing will remain constant for approximately two minutes, or longer, depending on the power of the strike.

6. Ribs. Take the tips of your fingers and follow your ribs from the central portion of your body to the side, while applying slight pressure. You will immediately feel a Pressure Point when you come to the lower side of your ribs. This is the Pressure Point you desire to locate when in combat. This is a Pressure Point of the Gall Bladder, Liver, Stomach, and the Spleen meridians. All of these meridians, in one form or another, affect the flow of blood throughout the human body. By striking to this location, the blood flow of the individual is substantially interrupted.

7. Top of the Hand. Located at the exact center of the top of the hand, in between the hand bones leading to the middle and third fingers. This is a Pressure Point of the Triple Warmer Meridian. By striking it, your adversary’s hand is numbed and its proper function is disrupted.

It is important to keep in mind when you strike to these Pressure Points you are not attempting to simply win the battle in a one strike victory, as a force orientated martial artist may hope to do by striking to the knee joint or the temples of an opponent. To strike to any of these precise locations, disrupts the Ki flow of the attacker and inflicts momentary pain.

When a Spiritual Warrior uses Ki interruption techniques, in the midst of self-defense, he does not posses the time to exactly locate a specific Pressure Point. The extended time frame such as an accupressurist would have when applying healing touch therapy. Equally, he does not generally have the time to hold a pressure point for more than a few seconds. It is for this reason, that a martial artist must not only possess an exact understanding of Meridian Pressure Points, to make Ki self defense effective, but also must possess the ability to strike or apply debilitating pressure to them rapidly and precisely.

As the Spiritual Warrior never enters into battle with the thoughts of annihilating the opponent, these strikes serve as a warning to the adversary of what is to come if he continues his attack. If the attack does continue, by striking these preliminary strike points, you have disrupted the opponent’s Ki flow to the point where overtaking him in physical combat will be no problem.

Non-Forceful Ki Interruption
The Ki of an attacker is not only interrupted by forceful striking techniques. In fact, the more advanced martial artist will not focus his defense on offensive techniques, at all. Instead, he will choose to interrupt the Ki of his opponent by far less obvious methods. In many cases, this may be achieved by applying direct pressure to one or more of the opponent’s Pressure Point with a holding or a grabbing technique.

The first Pressure Point easily accessible in this fashion is found on the inside of the central elbow region. To locate this Pressure Point take your thumb, reach across your body, and apply pressure to the inside of your elbow. After a moment or two, of pressure, you will begin to feel a strange sensation in your lower arm. What you have done, is inhibited the flow of Ki along the Lung, Heart, and Heart Constrictor Meridian. By maintaining pressure to this Pressure Point, your arm will begin to feel numb. Over longer periods of pressure, your actual breathing process will become interrupted.

This Pressure Point is an ideal Pressure Point to locate on an attacker who has grabbed a hold of you. Of course, this type of Ki self defense is not as instant and dynamic as a powerful striking technique; (which can also be unleashed at this location in the form of a Knuckle Strike). But, as each self-defense situation is defined by its own limitations, simply by applying focused dynamic Ki pressure to this Pressure Point may be the exact type of defense that is called upon.

The next self-defense Pressure Point is one located at the forward base of the neck. Take your middle finger; follow the front of your neck downwards until it meets your Clavicle or Collar Bone. Just before this bone ends, at the central region of your neck, apply pressure downwards, as if you were pushing inside, behind this bone. (Note: this Pressure Point is equally located on both side of the forward neck). Hold pressure to this Pressure Point for a few moments and your breath will begin to be interrupted. Held over longer periods of time, the breath is substantially disrupted.

The third and final of these locations is the Jaw Bone Pressure Point, located where the jawbone curves. This Pressure Point is very close to the one that was discussed in the previous section. Take your fingers and follow your jawbone down from your ear to the point where it arches out to your chin. Now, apply pressure and push in behind the bone. You will immediately feel the Pressure Point

This Pressure Point is ideal to apply pressure to when you desire to quietly, yet forcefully shove an attacker away. As this Pressure Point affects the inner ear, long-term pressure to it, will cause an attacker’s balance to be disrupted.

As you now understand, Ki is a human body energy understanding that takes time, focus, and technique to develop. Though Ki can be randomly accessed by the untrained individual, to put Ki to conscious use takes dedicated focus instigated by the practitioners who hopes to master all levels of human energy understanding. It is for this reason that Ki energy is so commonly misunderstood as few people actually take the time to master is understanding.

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