It’s easy to develop Internal Chi Energy, no matter what style of Karate you practice. The problem is that there are so few accurate descriptions–we are lacking instructions, you see–that very few people ever make the simple connections that make this subject work.
Now, I read the existing books on the stuff, mostly Chinese, a few Japanese, and I couldn’t get it. But I kept coming across this thing called ‘Moving the body as one unit,’ and I tried to put it to work.
Unfortunately, it being alien to my western mind, I screwed up a few times, but I finally formalized the procedure. I call this method CBM, or Coordinated Body Motion.
1) Start moving all parts of the body at the same time.
2) Stop moving all parts of the body at the same time.
3) Synchronize the movement of the body parts involved, taking into account the length of the limb, the amount of weight, the musculature involved, and so on.
Now, there’s more to it, but it all started with getting these three things down. Once they were working, I was developing internal energy. The unfortunate and sad fact was…I didn’t know it.
Internal energy, when you don’t know what you are doing, grows slower than you perceive. Fortunately, once you know what you are doing, you can speed up the growth rate.
So, after a couple of years of following and refining the three steps above, a guy showed me a spinning kick out of the Korean art of TaeKwonDo. I liked the kick, but it didn’t work in freestyle, so I changed it. I stood in a horse stance, changed my feet quick, and launched the back foot out of a ‘spinning’ horse stance.
Actually, it was more of a ‘pop hop’ kick, but you don’t see the hop part of the kick because you keep the head motionless in space.
Zingo Bingo, internal energy exploded out of the tan tien, and brother…I FELT THAT EXPLOSION!
Of course I had a couple of years of internal energy stored up from doing the old Karate forms, that helped a bit–grin–but the explosion was just as the old Asian martial arts books had described…with one subtle difference.
The Internal power descriptions came from Tai Chi Chuan, or Aikido, or Wudan based arts, and the descriptions described a slower pace, a slowerway of generating energy. So, while the descriptions were accurate, they were so slow I didn’t understand them.
Here are some real instructions, written in English, to help you grow some real Martial Arts Chi Power.
1) Do your Kata every day.
2) Move your body with the principles of CBM.
3) You will grow energy commensurate with the patience you develop.
It’s like cooking, sometimes you have to sit watch the steak sear. But, following the instructions I have given you in this article, you shouldn’t have to wait as long, and you can apply these directions Karate style chi power, or Gung fu, or any other type of martial art.
You should be able to learn how to use chi power in a short period of time.