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Four Basic Principles for Mind and Body Unification | Principles for Aikido
Principles for Kiatsu | Principles for Mind and Body Unification

Ki Principles

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As well as the "four basic principles for mind and body unification", there are a number of other sets of principles designed to help you in your training and Ki development. Typically, each set contains five principles concerning a particular theme or area of practice. Each principle within the set addresses the same topic from a slightly different point of view. Some of these sets appear below while others appear in various places throughout this site.

Often you will find that one of the principles is more relevant to you or easier for you to understand and apply at a particular time. This is as it should be, for we are all unique.

Four basic principles for mind and body unification.
  1. Keep One Point: calm and focus the mind at the one point in the lower abdomen.
  2. Relax Completely: release all stress from the body.
  3. Keep Weight Underside: let the weight of every part of the body settle at its lowest point.
  4. Extend Ki: visualise limitless energy radiating from the one point.

Principles for mind and body unification.

Five principles for keeping one point
  1. Centre on the point in the lower abdomen where you cannot put tension.
  2. Let your body weight fall on your One Point, not your legs or feet.
  3. Your breathing is calm and subtle.
  4. You can accept whatever happens without losing your composure.
  5. Therefore you can do your best at any time.
Five principles for relaxing completely
  1. Each part of your body settles in its most natural position.
  2. You relax positively, without collapsing or losing power.
  3. Your sense of presence makes you look bigger than you actually are.
  4. You are strong enough to be relaxed.
  5. Therefore you have an attitude of non-dissension.
Five principles for keeping weight underside
  1. You maintain the most comfortable posture.
  2. Your body feels light and does not sag.
  3. Your Ki is fully extended.
  4. You are flexible and can adapt to changing circumstances.
  5. Therefore you perceive everything clearly.
Five principles for extending Ki
  1. You are not overly conscious of your body.
  2. You make full use of centrifugal force in your movements.
  3. You have soft eyes and a poised manner.
  4. You show composure in your posture.
  5. Therefore you are bright and easygoing.

Principles for Aikido.

Five principles for Aikido
  1. Ki is extending.
  2. Know your opponent's mind.
  3. Respect your partner's Ki.
  4. Put yourself in your partner's place.
  5. Lead with confidence.
Five principles for training with the bokken (wooden sword):
  1. Hold the bokken lightly.
  2. The tip of the bokken must be calm and steady.
  3. Make use of the weight of the bokken.
  4. Do not slacken your Ki.
  5. Cut first with the mind.
Five principles for training with the jo(wooden staff):
  1. Hold the jo lightly.
  2. Control the jo with the rear hand.
  3. Manipulate the jo freely.
  4. When changing the position of the jo, one hand must always have hold.
  5. The line traced by the jo is never broken.

Principles for Kiatsu therapy and health.

Five principles for Kiatsu therapy:
  1. Extend Ki from the one point in the lower abdomen.
  2. Do not let tension accumulate in the body.
  3. Press perpendicularly towards the centre of the muscle without forcing.
  4. Focus Ki continuously and precisely at the fingertips.
  5. Concentrate on the lines, rather than the points.
Five principles for sleeping deeply:
  1. Always unify mind and body before you go to sleep.
  2. Believe that the mind controls the body.
  3. Calm and collect your thoughts before you go to bed.
  4. Maintain a cool head and warm feet.
  5. Use your mind to direct the blood to your feet.
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