Part I.

Ki is the power of the mind over the overwhelming attitude of self-confidence and mental focus of power. In other words, used in martial arts it is an explosion of power. Ki or life-force as the Japanese call it is located just below the navel. Using this energy is what brings power to martial artists’ techniques.

Ki is what makes mom lift up a car when it ran over her baby. Ki is what makes you get up in the morning and go to work and provide for your family. Ki is that force or in American terms, motivation to make you to the right and noble thing instead of the easy and lazy thing.

Ki often comes to many people around new years. With hope and resolutions of better behavior, we motivate ourselves in to becoming an all around better person. Get fit, exercise, spend more time with family, go to church, get better grades, get a raise, eat healthier, smile more, etc. Ki, or our gut feeling, asks us to use its power of motivation and determination to achieve things greater than where we are now.

But what happens after the motivation is there. We go all out and push and try to make it happen, and then as most of us know, we crash out. we work out hard for a couple of weeks, we eat totally healthy for a few days or a week, we smile more but then daily life kicks us in the booty, etc. Then we crash! We don’t use ki properly.

As Americans, we have a tendency to react instead of act. In other words, we start eating better after we have heart trouble, we exercising when the doctor warns us of our weight, we start being nicer to loved ones when the treat of them not being there anymore is apparent.

As Americans, if we all have ki and we all are motivated at times by ki, how do we make ki work for us?

By using balance. Ki Balance.

To Be Continued in part II.

Keep On Kicking,

Shane Williams


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