Can science explain qi? This gets debated all the time.
There are many facets to this argument. Let’s start by breaking it down.
The terminology is different. The paradigm and theories of Chinese medicine is different from western medicine. The translation of the words are loose and multi-faceted. Chinese medicine was developed many years ago through subjective understanding.
Science is, at its root, objectivity. It is a method for determining what can be determined.
Your source of strength comes from your mind. That may seem like a radical suggestion, after all, a person's power is greater when they are more muscular. So how is it possible that your source of strength comes from your mind?
If you look at things scientifically, the amount of muscular contraction is derived from your nervous system, which gets triggered by the brain. So the original source is the brain, where it sets everything in motion.
So, said in another way, your body is actually mental.
Depending on how much "effort" is applied is determined by the perceived efffort.
What is "fa jin"?
This question perplexes many martial art students. How do you develop it? How is it applied? Does it exist?
Before getting into explaining it, I will share an experience about how I discovered it by getting rocked on my heels.
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There seems to be two schools of thoughts when it comes to "qi" or "qigong" in Chinese kung fu.
There are those that believe it doesn't exist and those that do.
So, is there any truth to qigong? Is there any benefit to practicing it? How can we come to determine from a practical point of view the truth about qigong?
About the blog
Luke Siljander began training with Master Wang in 2007. He and Master Wang want to share the value of Kung Fu