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The principle of Ki,Chi and more......

The principle of ki is not especially difficult.
Though there are differences in its strengths, ki is found in every one.
Students of the martial arts attempt to train their ki to the point where, upon coming into contact with an opponent, they can give full manifestation to it.
This is only as it should be, since there would be no meaning in training, no matter how assiduous, if the individual found himself incapable of bringing forth his ki at the moment of need.
There is no method for ensuring the ability to call upon the strength of ki, but standing Zen as practiced by specialists in the martial arts in China and as employed in Tai chi chuan, Wing chun (Siu Nim Tao), Hsing I, Pa kua and Taiki-ken, can develop a capability to do so.
Standing Zen calms the nerves, sharpens the perceptions, and regulates the breathing.
When a person begins standing Zen, his mind is clouded with all kind of thoughts.
However, he will experience pain in his hands, feet, or hips.
When this happens, all of his thoughts concentrate in the part of the body that hurts, and he is unable to think of anything else.
The pain figuratively removes the hurting part of the body from the realm of sense perception.
As one continues to suffer discomfort of this kind for a period of years, one cultivates the ability to derive great refreshment from standing Zen.
Before one is aware of it, the power of ki begins to grow to maturity.
I suffered when I practiced standing Zen with my teacher Wang Hsiang-chi and wonder what good such practice would ever do me.

(A little note from Indomaster; when I began practice Wing Chun and Taichi, my first years of training was 99% learning to stand properly, sometimes to the point that my body collapsed.)

When I felt this way, Wang would tell me, even if I explain it to you hundreds of times, you will not understand ki (chi); it is something that you must experience yourself.
Today I tell my own students the same kind of thing.
I one finds it impossible to cultivate ki in himself through Zen training he will never be able to cultivate it in himself.
It is because ki is not mastered easily that it is of immense value.
In spite of the difficulty of explaining the profound meaning of ki in words, I think I can make something of its nature clear by referring to the spinning of a childs top.
A top that turns rapidly about its axis, seems to be standing still, but anything that comes into contact with its whirling sides is sharply and forcefully dashed away.

A practitioner of the martial arts who generates the power of ki is like the spinning top.
Though from the outside he seems perfectly calm and still, an opponent who comes into contact with him is immediately driven away by the force of the mans ki.

source:taikiken from Master Sawai

Yip Man , The late Grandmaster of Wing Chun, is practicing his tan sau in standing meditation form, called Siu Nim tao (Little Idea form).
In Wing Chun standing meditation is combined with technique and Chi training to make practise more efficient, and less time consuming.

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