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What do we mean when we say Qi? It's not possible to scientifically study Qi until people agree on what it is. If it's good body mechanics, then that's perfectly reasonable. Nobody would argue that some people use their body well and can punch hard because they know how to relax and efficiently use their muscles. But if Qi is supposed to be something ...


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No, qigong is not just deep breathing. There are MANY different qigong exercises, so it's impossible to say what the goal of your particular exercise is. Here is a sampling of non-breathing qigong elements: Why move slow When performing the same basic motion slowly versus quickly, there are different muscles involved and different balance considerations. ...


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It is the idea that you can physically use spirit energy. If you've ever watched Bleach (you should if you haven't. It's awesome), you'll hear them referring to it as reiatsu. It's totally a myth of course. What old school practitioners of martial arts understood as spirit energy is actually just good old physics and/or body mechanics. When "building up qi",...


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This article on how Qi came west points out the origins of the confusion around the word: The commonly accepted idea in the west that Chinese medicine is an energetic, metaphysical medicine was singlehandedly created by a French bank clerk with no training in medicine or ancient Chinese language. ... If you look up qi in a Chinese dictionary, there are ten ...


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Ki chun is qi gong or chi kung. I suspect ki chun is simply an anglicized version of a Korean pronunciation. Qi gong is a controversial subject on this site. Qi gong roughly translates to energy work, and is a very broad topic that encompasses many different theories and exercises about how the body and mind should be trained. To a Western audience, the more ...


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I think the main thing Qi does is subconsciously boost your own willpower. This may be simplified, but it works like a placebo. If someone believes they have an increased energy about them that will allow them to defeat their opponent, their thought goes less into fear and doubt, more into trusting their body and their knowledge/technique. When training at ...


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Many of the other answers discuss the rational Western view of qi (or chi or ki)--that it is a mythical "wind," "power," "spirit," or "energy" claimed by traditional Chinese medicine, Daoist cosmology, and traditional martial arts heritage to be the primary invigorating force in human beings. It's a popular idea, with analogs across many cultures. It's the "...


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The most charitable thing I can say about chi/qi/ki is that it's a conflated and confused concept outside of its original context. If it is taken as shorthand for the expression of one's potential and/or kinetic energy, fine, but there are better terms to use. However, in practice it is almost always used in a manner which fully embraces woo, ...


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Ki or chi should not be referred to as 'energy' in the sense of a noun. The fighters in MMA are energetic and vivacious. This is all that 'using chi' really means. They use their strength their skill their 'get up and go' that is chi. This question is like asking why a gambler doesn't use their 'luck' in when they play roulette. Some people believe chi is ...


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Qi is a term that gets used to mean a lot of things, and the most common usage as an independent energy force, is regularly shown to have no evidence supporting it. That said, here's some ideas of the different things people mean when they talk about qi: Muscle & Joint Activation "Try to move my arm! You can't! My qi is what keeps it up!" A lot of ...


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It's not so complicated. Chi is nothing but a precise experience that, when recognized, leads you on. We can not arrive at near-perfection in our movements and body dynamics and breathing and application of force by reasoning or by drawing diagrams on a blackboard, we only arrive there through our experience. Chi means cultivating a feeling; it is the ...


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When Dave's answer says "It's a metaphor", then I guess he mean something like this. When you're a beginner, learning, a teacher might try to teach you to change your posture slightly, to stand straighter, to better balance your head on your spine, and your spine on your hips, and so on. When they do that they might say to you something like, "Imagine that ...


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EDIT: A Definition of Qi Gong / Chi Kung Qi means "breath" or "energy". Gong means "skill". Hence, Qigong is the "skill or working with one's breath or one's energy". The idea is to move Qi throughout the body. There are many methods. Hard vs Soft Moving vs Standing Internal* vs External Hard, Soft, Moving and Standing Qigongs are all External ...


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There is no such thing as Qi outside of Movies and Mangas. (If we define Qi as some sort of magic spiritual energy a la Reiatsu). The closest thing to it that actually exists is Getsumei no Michi, which is a type of non-meditation that heightens your awareness. But it's a psychological phenomenon, not magic. Source: I worked directly with a grandmaster of ...


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Chi is the universal energy - it does not furnish power, but a skilled practitioner who can sense his or her own chi energy can work to keep a flow going in their body. It can help to learn to sense restrictions in your actual body - such as stiffness, misalignment, etc or restrictions in the form of faulty techniques. In this way, an awareness of chi can ...


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Lets assume a normal person who does not have any technique applies chi This is a poor assumption. I am not aware of any martial system that believes you can "apply chi" to fighting without first having learned fighting techniques. There are three stages of practice common to at least to xingyi and bagua. The first stage, ming jing, requires you to learn ...


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Claims to unambiguity are usually bunk Everyone I have ever heard claim about a method towards "unambiguous" experience of qi, has always pointed to a method that causes known physiological effects, not qi. These include: pressing/poking nerves that causes the electric/burning sensation along the nerve path, stance work that causes your body to shake as ...


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Yes & no. It is far more not just "deep breathing" it helps with focus & core power it is often paired with other forms or marital arts to help with basic teachings like balance form and concentration. "Qigong practices can be classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things in common: they all involve a posture, (whether ...


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It's also about good balance and soft stances. If you breath high into the chest your center of mass moves slightly up because you lift your shoulders. If you breath low your center of mass moves slightly down as the diaphragm moves down. The soft knees emphasized in Qigong also help to move the center of mass down and make it easier to move to dodge. ...


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Yes, divorced from mystical nonsense qigong/chi kung is just a series of breathing exercises.


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In my opinion it is a mental state as opposed to a physical one. This in itself can be powerful, as if it removes a self limiting belief, then great. this can be compared to the placebo effect Eg if you believe that you will get better because you are taking a pill then in some cases you can get better. this doesn't really answer the question, but the ...


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