The concept of ki is one of the most difficult associated with the philosophy and practice of aikido. Since the word “aikido” means something like “the way of harmony with ki,” it is hardly surprising that many aikidoka are interested in understanding just what ki is supposed to be. Etymologically, the word “ki” derives from the Chinese “chi.” In Chinese philosophy, chi was a concept invoked to differentiate living from non-living things. But as Chinese philosophy developed, the concept of chi took on a wider range of meanings and interpretations.

One way to look at Ki is as the fundamental manifested energy, flow, and life force of the universe. There is Ki all around us, flowing everywhere, like air. There is Ki inside us; our sustaining energy.



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