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    Quote Originally Posted by ScotchTape
    Everytime we refer to any sort of fighting/drilling with our eyes closed and "feeling" our surroundings, we shall call it a "Dux".


    I.e.,

    "Holy cow Bob, I was sparring today and I flinched, but I blocked a right straight. I sure pulled off a Dux."
    yup, i got Dux-ified today.

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    I've blocked things I didnt see coming before. No ki involved.
    Once you spar enough, your mind starts to tune into little body
    clues. A shift of a hand, hip, or a foot can tell you what they
    are going to do. That and sparing the same person repeatedly
    for atleast 4 years..

    Plenty of times, I've just sat back and watch a punch get bigger
    til it explodes across my nose. Thats real chi right there.

    To Twilight_Ronin:

    Thats screwed up. Perhaps the teacher equates
    'sensing chi' with just being observant. You heard
    his gi move. It could only be moving if he was moving..
    hence he is striking.

    Best of luck with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seraphim
    I've blocked things I didnt see coming before. No ki involved.
    Once you spar enough, your mind starts to tune into little body
    clues. A shift of a hand, hip, or a foot can tell you what they
    are going to do. That and sparing the same person repeatedly
    for atleast 4 years..

    Plenty of times, I've just sat back and watch a punch get bigger
    til it explodes across my nose. Thats real chi right there.

    To Twilight_Ronin:

    Thats screwed up. Perhaps the teacher equates
    'sensing chi' with just being observant. You heard
    his gi move. It could only be moving if he was moving..
    hence he is striking.

    Best of luck with that.
    thanks seraphim. but nah, i'm dead certain that this teacher was not using 'ki' (or 'chi') in the metaphorical sense. he really means it literally (OMFG...lol), because i've been taking a number of classes at this dojo and he's talked about 'ki' before in the same manner. he really thinks 'ki' is something like the 'Force'. and i am talking about a pretty high ranking Aikido person (beyond 5th dan), but i'm not going to get into names here.

    from my experience with Aikido people, there's quite a substantial amount of such individuals who really peddle the whole 'ki' business pretty hard. at the same time i also can't help but notice just how large and big (not muscular but often fat and overweight) they tend to be and that they often pick small and nimble uke to show off their so-called 'ki'.
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    One of the coolest things I've seen was when a friend of mine showed me a Kendo competition (he's been doing Kendo for years now), and this guy got his **** ruined, and he kneeled down with his back turned to his opponenet, but raised his shinai so he blocked the guy's overhead chop. It's hard to explain, but it looked awesome. My friend just said "He knew it was coming. You just know once you've done it enough."

    PL

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    Obviously your kenjitsu friend had good chi *rolls eyes*

    Seriously, is there anything worse than when IMA go cheesy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poop-Loops
    One of the coolest things I've seen was when a friend of mine showed me a Kendo competition (he's been doing Kendo for years now), and this guy got his **** ruined, and he kneeled down with his back turned to his opponenet, but raised his shinai so he blocked the guy's overhead chop. It's hard to explain, but it looked awesome. My friend just said "He knew it was coming. You just know once you've done it enough."

    PL
    certainly sounds more like a result of years of hard and dedicated practice than any reliance on mystical notions of 'ki'.

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    I don't think they even use the concept of ki in modern kenjitsu...do they? Anyone?

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    I'm talking about Kendo, not Kenjutsu...

    And AFAIK, they don't. My friend is like an anti-hippie. Anyway, they just do 1000's of repetitions of every slice/hit /whatever, and an assload of sparring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poop-Loops
    One of the coolest things I've seen was when a friend of mine showed me a Kendo competition (he's been doing Kendo for years now), and this guy got his **** ruined, and he kneeled down with his back turned to his opponenet, but raised his shinai so he blocked the guy's overhead chop. It's hard to explain, but it looked awesome. My friend just said "He knew it was coming. You just know once you've done it enough."

    PL

    If a poker board is A 9 9 J 2 and I have an ace and a two, and a guy that's been calling my raises flat re-raises into me on the river, I don't need ki to know he has a 9.

    Sometimes you know what's coming.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Poop-Loops
    I'm talking about Kendo, not Kenjutsu...

    And AFAIK, they don't. My friend is like an anti-hippie. Anyway, they just do 1000's of repetitions of every slice/hit /whatever, and an assload of sparring.

    PL
    It's just paying attention to what's going on. The much maligned godan test in the Bujinkan is to dodge as Hatsumi-sensei swings a sword at you from behind. Much bullhockey is spread about "sensing" your opponent, but I can tell you it's just that little click in your mind when you hear the shuffle of feet, feel the air move, etc. Then again, one of the guys I train with (an Army ranger) says that whenever he sees guys get shot, they always look toward the gun right before they get hit. I'm not overly given to mysticism (OK, OK, I'm a raging anti-mystic) but I think physicalist explanations can be given for all of this "sixth sense" stuff.

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