IMA is founded on Taoist philosophy. Taoist teachings describe Chi as Energy in many forms. Anyone choosing to modify the meaning of Chi is welcome to do so, but perhaps it’s better not to still call it Chi else it might confuse newbies. How about calling it MyChi, even McChi or cheekyChi? Anyone who doesn’t associate Chi with energy and practices IMA, is merely doing the External Aspects of IMA which is fine , but that’s called Wushu. Like driving a Ferrari without Gas. Looks good, but not going very far.