The transcript below is from the video “The TRUTH About “CHI” Force 気” by Jesse Enkamp.

Jesse Enkamp:

Everybody loves to believe in chi power. This mysterious life force that allows martial artists to do supernatural feats like… But in my experience, chi is actually a widely misunderstood term for something that is really basic and simple that everyone can understand and use because it’s all about physics. Check it out. In the Western martial arts world, a lot of grandmasters like to use chi to make themselves sound more important and mysterious than they actually are. – Haiyaa! – Ooh! – Oops. But in the eastern martial arts world, it’s actually nothing special. I remember when I lived in Japan and studied Japanese at university, and one of the first phrases I learned was “gen ki desu ka”.

Jesse Enkamp:

See that “ki” in there? This phrase translates to “how are you”, but that’s actually not the literal translation. It really means “is your ki centered?” Because ki is the Japanese pronunciation of chi which is Chinese. But that still doesn’t explain what chi actually is, and the reason is shockingly simple. If I asked you how a windmill produces electricity, could you explain that? Or if I asked you how an energy bar can make you move, would you be able to explain that? Or if I can ask you why heat produces fire, could you explain that? I don’t think so. Because all of those examples prove one thing, we have a really hard time explaining energy.

Jesse Enkamp:

And that’s exactly what chi is. You see, I’ve trained with a lot of old grandmasters in Okinawa, China and Japan and whenever we ask them about chi, they start sweating nervously, they become red in the face and they start stuttering because they can’t explain it. They can only show it. And I can’t blame them because I can’t explain energy either. And it wasn’t until I realized that chi is actually just energy that it all started making sense. To prove my point, let’s look at how the actual term is written in Chinese originally. The upper right side means steam, and the lower left part means rice. When combined together, they represent the steam coming out of freshly made rice. What is that steam? It is thermal energy.

Jesse Enkamp:

That’s all chi is, an old way of saying “energy”. But people started misusing chi to get away with all kinds of hocus pocus because they would never have gotten away with all of that Which is what the greatest martial artists on the planet know how to use. That’s why great martial artists have great chi. Because when they do something with great effect and it looks effortless, then they’re using their energy in an economic manner. It is efficient and impressive, but there is nothing magical about it. It is just physics and biomechanics, and optimal use of energy. Nothing less, nothing more. And definitely nothing magical. – Bullshit. And if you thought the truth about chi was interesting, I suggest you check out some of my other videosto learn more about martial arts in general, and karate specifically. Thank you so much for watching. Train hard, good luck, have fun and keep it real.




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