Patrick Parker has an interesting post about O Sensei Morihei Ueshiba and his parlor demonstrations of ki and aiki.
“He seems to have had a fondness for demonstrations of what looked like superhuman strength or spirit magic…”
My former taekwondo instructor picked up a similar application from his time in hapkido. He called it the ki shove. I would describe it as a short series of rhythmic relaxation movements that ended in a simultaneous step and push.
For the life of me I could not figure out how it worked. Despite trying to resist, the shove moved me back several feet. He tried teaching it to us the night he demonstrated it, however, none of us could learn the technique in a five-minute lesson.
I always suspected it was just a matter of practice. After having spent time in a hard/soft Chinese art, and after dabbling in aikido and tai chi, I am now certain that’s the case.
One person’s ki is another person’s body mechanics and time in practice!
“I’ve learned that there is nothing mystical about the internal arts. They are based on physical skills and developed in a culture where chi was as prominent as Jesus is in our culture. It doesn’t mean you have to believe in either one.”