Absorbing and Extending

Ki can be extended or absorbed. In groups of two or three,

  1. Uke 1 places a hand on nage's chest or hand, palm to palm.
  2. Nage imagines receiving and absorbing uke's ki.
  3. Third partner presses down on uke's wrist. Notice the amount of effort needed to brush the hand away.
  4. Nage imagines ki streaming out in all directions from One-Point, like an expanding bubble of light.
  5. Uke or a third partner presses down on uke's wrist. Notice the amount of effort needed to brush the hand away.

Variations

  • Repeat using the "Yes and No" test (page 137).
  • Repeat using dark thoughts or happy thoughts.
  • Apply to tenkant alternating absorbtion and extension.

Around 1941, Life Magazine ran a photo of wrestler Dick "The Bruiser" Addis attempting to lift a small man who placed his finger gently under the big man's chin. Addis could not lift him. The suggestion was made that the finger made a connection so that Addis was forced to lift his own weight along with that of the other person. We would say that it was just ki transfer and could have involved any finger to any part of the body. But, then again, who would believe such "nonsense" when the other explanation is so "logical"?

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