2012年8月2日 星期四

From the Bible to Tai Chi (2) The Existence of Qi Energy


 ‘Then the Lord God formed a man
from the dust of the ground
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
and the man became a living being.’
Genesis 2:7

In traditional Chinese medical system, it is believed that Qi energy flows and circulates along the channels and meridians within the body.  This perspective is quite commonly shared among authors on Tai Chi inside and outside China.

However, my teacher Tan Jing proves with his Kung Fu that he can direct his Qi energy out of the body to attack the opponent.  He believes that Chinese Kung Fu theory on Qi actually goes beyond Chinese medical theory. 

Within the framework of Chinese Kung Fu, Qi is inborn. Every person is believed to possess this innate energy.  Martial artists can cultivate the force of Qi to the extent that it is strong enough to be applied in combats.  It is non-mechanical, invisible and intangible.  When it is being directed by one’s will, it is called Neijing(內勁).

Unlike the Emperor's New Clothes, Qi can be perceived through sense of touch.  Although we have different level of sensibility toward Qi, all of us have inborn ability to sense it. 

Qi is stored in our cells.  It is like the treasure “in jars of clay”.  This is the force that still remains unexplored for natural scientists.  I have a dream.  Scientists can provide its scientific specifications some day.

Playing Tai Chi without Qi is like leading Christian life without Holy Spirit.

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