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    Nishino Breathing Method

    I came across this in my previous martial arts research and I was looking at it in a little more detail for a psych paper.

    Basically, a med student/aikidoka/dance choreographer came up with his own practice akin to yoga or qigong that involves breathing exercises and gentle physical movements....

    ....followed by ki training.

    There ARE some scientific studies on the practice with existing students, but nothing incredibly rigorous. What's interesting, though, is that the scientists take "ki" as a matter of fact in the studies:

    In this paper, we studied whether or not the Nishino
    Breathing Method could augment the NK cell activity
    through daily exercise. The method was developed in the
    1970s by Kozo Nishino, a former ballet choreographer and
    a martial arts master, as a means of developing internal life
    energy (regarded as Ki in Japanese or qi in Chinese).
    He developed the method based on his research into the
    mysteries of the human body, first as a medical student, then
    as a ballet choreographer, and finally as an instructor of the
    Japanese martial art Ai-Ki-Do, which emphasizes the Ki energy.
    He developed his method independently of the Chinese
    medical practice called qigong (Chen et al., 2002; Li
    et al., 1991; Sancier, 1999; Xin et al., 2001; Xin et al., 2002).
    However, there are certain similarities. Both employ slow
    body movements and visualization of energy flow in the
    body. The unique aspect of the Nishino school is that half
    of the practice time in the class is dedicated to the development
    of Ki energy through Taiki practice (paired Ki practice)
    with instructors. During this segment of the class, each
    student tries to emit Ki to an instructor, and then the student
    receives Ki from the instructor.

    Another article on the practice:

    Can His Students Emit Ki?
    One of the important criteria required to accept the Nishino Breathing Method as science is its universality. It is critical to prove that his students can also emit Ki. If only Nishino can display all these interesting phenomena but his students cannot, then the method would still remain in the realm of the paranormal and para-psychological phenomena. In order to test this, one of the authors (STO; practising this method on-and-off from 1997) examined his own ability to inhibit cancer cell growth in 2004 while we were collaborating with Tsurusaki and Yamaguchi (3). As shown in Fig. 1, STO could inhibit the growth of cultured cancer cells (HepG2) by emitting his Ki directly to the cultured cells. However, the degree of inhibition was less than Nishino's. When the culture dish was covered by the hands of another individual who did not practice the Nishino Breathing Method (see Fig 1B of the paper by Ohnishi et al. (3)), Ki from STO's fingers did not inhibit cell division. The difference from the control was not significant (as shown by NS in the figure). This may be explained as follows: (i) Since the cancer cells spread thinly on the bottom of the culture dish, STO's Ki could still reach the cells to inhibit cell division; (ii) However, if his Ki was interrupted by the hands of another person, his ability to inhibit cancer cell growth by penetrating other human tissue was limited. This is because his Ki was not as strong as Nishino's.

    Damn, I read through the second article a lot more:

    I didn't realize what a gold-mine it was of scientific rationalizations of ki:


      That's pretty bad. You just know that this stuff is going to get referenced as being "scientific evidence" by the ki-kiddies.


        Philosophy, Psychology, Physics and Practice of Ki
        S. Tsuyoshi Ohnishi1 and Tomoko Ohnishi2
        1Philadelphia Biomedical Research Institute, King of Prussia, PA 19406 and 2Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA


        Nishino in action:

        I can has investigueishon tiem nao?