In the last article I tried to get you closer to the term 道 DAO (DO), which according to Laotse cannot actually be understood in words, by looking at the archaic, Chinese characters. Today we turn to the sign 氣 Qi, or Chi or Korean Ki, as it is also the case in the middle part of our martial arts name:
合氣道HAP KI DO 합 기 도
can be found. The original sign for Ki indicated air currents and its representation was similar to the I GING sign for sky, which is represented by three horizontal lines. It was later bent up to distinguish “three” 三 (Sān) at the two outer ends. Over time, the symbol for rice 米 (Mi) was added, because after lifting the lid of a bowl of rice freshly cooked in the water, you can see and smell the fragrant steam. In its current form, the part with the grain of rice disappeared again and is only used in traditional applications such as in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) or in dietetics. And so we also find it in the Chinese spelling for Ki in Hapkido, because it is also about vitality and vitality that need to be preserved and nurtured. Basically, the two polar forces Jin (Korean: Um) and Yang can also be found in our term for AI in the I GING, because every force as well as the breath has its counterforce! We breathe in (Um) and we breathe out (Yang). As long as inhalation and exhalation are in balance and harmonize with each other, our world is fine! However, if there is an imbalance due to incorrect breathing or improper nutrition, we will get sick and lose our health! In addition, one has to differentiate between outer AI and inner AI both for the Yang energy and for the Um energy. For a healthy, vital body and in the same way for a powerful and fresh spirit, it is essential to know its inherent powers and to mobilize them in a suitable way. Our basic understanding of positive Qi should be that we, as an unborn person, were provided with everything necessary for life by the mother's AI through the belly button. At birth, this supply line was cut in the middle of our body and we received a pat on the buttocks to get the lung function going. We also had to eat liquid and solid foods appropriately to keep our bodies healthy.
In the picture above I am sitting in front of a calligraphy that I once received as a gift from my over 80 year old role model, Grand Master Seo, Yoon Nam, for my Dojang opening. Master Seo is still in top shape today and I congratulate him warmly on his birthday on January 23! My goal was to lose thirty kilograms of fat; In the next issue I will tell you how I lost over 13 kilograms with motivation and AI work after only ten weeks. Do you have similar goals? Maybe my experiences will help you!
Yours Uwe Wischhöfer (uw)