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Karate: unlock the free flow of Ki

29/11/2011

Believe it or not, traditional karate (such as Goju Karate Australia) has a lot in common with acupuncture. Each places great importance on the breath, focus/intent and flow of Qi (or Ki or vital force). They are considered both an art form and a science, being constantly questioned, refined and developed by the practitioner and their peers and mentors.

Even the acupuncture points and meridians are used in karate.  The acupoints and channels influence the flow of qi in the body, depending on how they are stimulated determines the result of their use.  In acupuncture, the acupoints are carefully selected and manipulated for their healing influence, in karate they become strike points or reflect body positioning and movement.

I find that practising karate improves my acupuncture through experience with energy flow (e.g. posture and breathing) and that knowledge of acupuncture points and channels benefits my karate. That’s why I love immersing myself in both!

Practitioners of Kung Fu, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Aikido and other traditional martial arts all experiment with utilising this flow of Qi or Ki in their training but also in other aspects of their lives.

How do you unlock your Qi, Ki or Life Force?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Jade permalink
    29/11/2011 1:29 pm

    Hi Sarah,

    This year I have tried Tai Chi for the first time (after wanting to give it a go for years). It has been easy to learn the sequence and is low impact but has been a real workout. I went for fitness of mind and body and can really feel the difference in my body as a result of what I think is energy moving around my body that was stale or stuck. I have lost weight, but also found an activity all for myself that is a bit like meditation. When I am in class I am in the moment, not thinking about work, family, bills etc so I find it really restored me mentally too!

    • 29/11/2011 3:18 pm

      That is fabulous, Jade. We’ll have to swap some moves next time I see you. I agree with you on the ‘being in the moment’ idea while you are training. It’s way more than just physical exercise.

  2. gambottoburke permalink
    29/11/2011 3:01 pm

    Sleeping.

  3. 06/12/2011 6:18 pm

    Hi Sarah

    Fancy stumbling onto your blog. You did very well in your grading. Great article too! I’ll definitely hang around and take a look at some of your other posts.

    I can’t say that I have delved into unlocking my Ki outside of Goju Ryu but something that I need to look deeper into.

    Regards

    Jay Killeen Sempai
    (FYI I was taking the call at your grading in November during kata)

    • 06/12/2011 6:47 pm

      Thanks Jay. The interweb makes the world a very small place. Glad you enjoyed the blog and thanks for your help at the grading. Keep working on the Ki!

  4. 16/01/2013 10:27 am

    This is very interesting. I will need to take some time and look within my goju ryu training.

    Thanks for the post, it will help open my eyes as I continue to train.

  5. 13/05/2013 11:38 pm

    Nice to read that you take the good things from our karate Sarah, Wish you lots of success ;)

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