Exploring a core Asian concept frequently called ki or chi.


The Japanese word ki is also synonymous with the Chinese word 氣 = chi = qui = qi. The character is composed of 气 = steam rising from 米 = rice. It can be loosely tied to the Sanskrit word karma. I prefer the word ki because of my karate experience and because it has no spelling variations. The word ki is simple but it has broad interpretations, applications, connotations, and history. The concept of ki is a core Asian concept.

Ki is nothing more than vitality. It's that simple. Ki is often wrapped with complicated trappings because human beings are complicated and tend to examine and play with things.

It is easy to see what ki is. But how do you get it and maintain it? The answers are obvious:

What you do with ki is up to you. I personally am not interested in doing parlor tricks with it. Ki should be a tool to help you conceptualize reality. One of the appeals of ki is that it makes subjective thinking almost tangible.


Feng Shui is interior design and landscaping that utilizes Chinese chi concepts. Just as good form while sitting can develop the chi of an individual, so can a good arrangement of furniture increase the vitality and functionality of a room.

Kime is focused ki. A strike is done with ki and finished with kime. A punch practiced in open air is done with great speed and then stopped very suddenly with sharp muscular contractions throughout the body, as if the entire body struck the blow and not just the arm. It is important to immediately relax and recover after executing a technique with kime, otherwise you are immobilized and open to a counter attack. Kime techniques are done for several reasons:

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