Ki is Living Power
|The power we often think we have, our usual ability, is like the small visible segment of an iceberg, which floats above the surface of the water. We think this is all there is. But hidden beneath the surface of the water is a much larger part of the iceberg. This greater portion is like the power of our Ki. Only by using the whole iceberg do we activate our full potential.
The common purpose of Ki Development, Kiatsu, and Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido is to learn how to coordinate mind and body and to apply Ki Principles to improve the quality of our daily life.
Four Basic Principles of Mind and Body Coordination
The four basic principles were created by Tohei Sensei to describe the proper use of mind and body. They can be applied not only to physical activity but to any human endeavor.
- Keep One Point
This is a natural place of physical, mental and spiritual balance. By concentrating on our one point and keeping correct posture we naturally coordinate mind and body.
- Relax Completely
When mind actively calms, body naturally releases all stress and tension. In keeping one point, mind and body relax completely.
- Keep Weight Underside
The weight of all objects naturally settles at the lowest place. When we relax completely, our weight also naturally settles underside. We call it living calmness.
- Extend Ki
Extending Ki is to utilize our living power to the fullest extent. By Focusing our mind and body, we can have a healthy and vigorous life.