Qi; considered as the most important for a human being by the Chinese Martial Arts and Ancient Chinese Medicine can neither be seen, nor measured like Heart rate or Blood Pressure, but, can be felt when practiced the right way.Even Yoga speaks about this concept, but calls it as ‘Prana'(Sanskrit:Life Force). Now you may be wondering(unless you are a practitioner) where this Qi resides in our body. It is said that it resides a little below the Navel.
Qi translates to life force or life energy. Qi literally translates to air or breath. Thus it is clear that it is controlled by breathing. Practice of Qi is based on three essentials:
- Regulated Breathing
- Coordinating your body
- Regulated Mind
Advanced Practitioners are able to direct the flow of Qi to various body parts by the virtue of the three essentials mentioned right above. Example being Iron shirt, where a practitioner can direct the Qi to his torso to strengthen it beyond explanation.
Now, to the important question obviously raised by you will be, “Where am I in the Picture?”. Here you are! Have you noticed any Tennis Player grunt when he hits the ball? Well, he is actually using his Qi unknowingly. The ‘grunt’ here can be compared with the shouts ‘Kiai’ or ‘Hiyaaa’ which most of the Martial artist performs. The shout is a sharp outburst of air by exhaling with the sound. It helps to utilize the Qi in your body.
Ever tried lifting a heavy object?? Try the next time with a grunt and a sharp outburst of air. You will find it easier to lift it. You can compare results to be amazed. This is how my Chief Instructor(Black Belt 8th Dan) explained the concept of Qi in a Senior’s Seminar.
So, now you know how even you have utilized your Qi unknowingly. There have been reports of an Old Lady lifting a car by a few inches to save her son trapped under it. Under normal conditions, it would have been impossible for her. But, when the mind focused to saving her son, she did it. Amazing right!!!
P.S: For more info on Qi, you can check on Youtube! But, do not try to practice unless you had formal training. You will not attain anything.
You can check this video. The fire part is not confirmed by Qi, but the healing part from inner body is what is actual Qi.