Steve Rowe posted this on FB and thought it might be of interest: Saturday morning and a few minutes before private lessons. A couple of people have referenced 'ki' and 'chi' so I thought I'd talk a little about it. The calligraphy is of steam coming off a rice pot and the translation is 'air', therefore it is that which sustains life', I have interviewed many oriental MA masters on the subject and they all couldn't understand how westerners could see something so natural as 'mystical'. I think the perfect translation for westerners is 'animation' as to animate we need to breathe deeply to get more air into the lungs to get more oxygen to the brain to make the mind aware. To breathe deeply we need good posture. To continue the 'animation' we need that aware mind to be focused, sensitive and intense. That aware, focused, sensitive and intense mind then needs to permeate and 'animate' the body, so we have good blood, air and neurological flow, put into an aligned and well trained body, we are is now fully 'alive'. When our ki (animation) in all these different aspects is in harmony we have 'kiai' when we can do this on a continuous basis we have 'aiki'. Most MA's reference this process and it often shows up in their names and logo's Aikido is the way of becoming a person of aiki, Wado is the way of harmonising mind and body into a peaceful state, Goju is balancing the hard and soft to achieve this state, Tai Chi is the supreme state achieved through this process and so on. It is simple to understand, not easy to achieve, the 'magic' is simple biological science and if you want to disrupt someone's 'chi' you disrupt air, blood or neurological flow, posture or mental focus. So where you read 'chi' or 'ki' just translate as 'animation' and you won't have the endless arguments that are rife on t'internet.