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De-Mystifying Chi-- well, sort of...

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People are fascinated with chi.
We know we have energy inside us,
and that when we die, we don't
have it anymore.

What is this life energy ?
How do we get more ?
What can you do with more ?

What Is Chi ?
At the atomic level, even the hardest
stuff, like titanium, is empty. Atoms
are comprised of a dense nucleus
with electrons FLYING AROUND
it in orbit. Thus, the nature of an atom is

energy, not stuff (matter). We call this
energy "chi."
The space between is empty.

So when you strike a rod of titanium
against an anvil, the two never actually
touch. Their electrons simply repel each
other before they start to mingle.

The nature of the air we breath is
the same; it is full of energy. The space
in our lungs is empty, which allows us
to inhale. The difference with air is that
we can absorb some of the air's energy
into our body. We convert oxygen to
carbon dioxide and utilize the difference.
This, along with the chi of food, is how
you stay alive.

Cultivating More Chi
Most people live their lives with the requisite
amount of chi. That is, they breathe in and
breathe out, eat food, poop, and walk around
like everyone else. Although it would seem
like athletes develop more energy than most
people, they still do not cultivate real chi.

Chi can only be cultivated and increased
through proper postural & breathing practice.
The problem is that teachers for such practice
are extremely uncommon. While many people
teach Tai Chi and Qi Gong (chi = Qi), very
few of these "masters" know very much about

When I debate with the greatest of athletic trainers,
I can easily stump them by asking one simple question:
What kind of breathing training do you teach ?

You see, in the world of western science and
athletics, there is still no such thing as a developed
form of breath training. It just doesn't exist.

But the Taoists have been developing breathing
techniques for 7000 years.

"Diaphragmic Breathing" is absurdly manageable
in comparison to the "Reverse Breathing" of the

As my teacher's father, Fu Wing Fay, said long ago,

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