Man uses 40 years of chi-blast experience on his partner – is it real?
Mr Andrew Chi Osbourne from Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, has been a martial artist for nearly forty years and claims his ability to push and pull a person with his chi is very real and not staged.
You be the judge.
In traditional Chinese culture, qì or chi is an active principle forming part of any living thing.
Qi literally translates as “breath”, “air”, or “gas”, and figuratively as “material energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow”. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts.
Concepts similar to qi can be found in many cultures, for example, prana in the Hindu religion, “chi” in the Igbo religion, pneuma in ancient Greece, mana in Hawaiian culture, lüng in Tibetan Buddhism, ruah in Hebrew culture, and vital energy in Western philosophy.
Some elements of qi can be understood in the term energy when used by writers and practitioners of various esoteric forms of spirituality and alternative medicine.
Elements of the qi concept can also be found in Western popular culture, for example “The Force” in Star Wars. and Jediism.
Notions in the West of energeia, élan vital, or “vitalism” are purported to be similar.
The earliest texts that speak of qi give some indications of how the concept developed. The philosopher Mo Di used the word qi to refer to noxious vapors that would in due time arise from a corpse were it not buried at a sufficient depth.
He reported that early civilized humans learned how to live in houses to protect their qi from the moisture that had troubled them when they lived in caves. He also associated maintaining one’s qi with providing oneself adequate nutrition.
In regard to another kind of qi, he recorded how some people performed a kind of prognostication by observing the qi (clouds) in the sky. [wiki]