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Acquiring Sixth Sense Ability In the Martial Arts

Sixth Sense Martial Arts

Sixth Sense Ability, in martial arts like Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, or whatever else, seem to have become not much more than rumors from the past. People learn how to fight like demons, but they don’t learn how to perceive the world without the use of the five physical senses. That’s the truth of the matter, you know, sixth sense ability includes all the things that don’t depend on see, hear, smell, and so on.

sixth sense pictureSimply, if it is a real world sensation, it is not a sixth sense ability. In martial arts like kung fu and aikido and so on, it is being able to ‘feel’ when an attack is coming before it is comes. It is knowing what an opponent is going to do before he does it.

The best method for gaining sixth sense abilities is to learn how to practice without the use of the five physical senses. For instance, the surest technique is simply to do your moves without the use of the eyes. Simply close your eyes, or blindfold yourself, and do your kata, and get somebody who is willing to risk a few light punches, and do your martial arts techniques.

The point here is to understand that you are not trying to see or smell, or that sort of thing, but ‘know.’ So let me pose a question: have you ever walked up to a door and placed the key exactly in the keyhole while your awareness is on a conversation, or watching what somebody is doing? Most people have, and that is the easiest example of ‘knowing’ that I can give you, you knew where to place the key without eyes.

So set up some training devices so that you can practice without using the five physical senses. Do sticky hands, out of Wing Chun, blindfolded, and learn to ‘know’ what your opponent is going to do. Or, how about closing your eyes and practicing push hands from Tai Chi Chuan, or some other similar exercise.

My favorite practice is to hang a small ring, and poke a six foot (or longer) staff through the center of it. After I’ve got the ring fairly well centered in my mind, I close my eyes and turn out the lights. Once I’m adept at that I take a few steps away from the target, move forward and thrust the staff through the ring.

The thing that you should understand is that the sixth sense depends on imagination. If you close your eyes and imagine where the hanging ring is, then you can thrust a pole through it. Or a spear or a sword or even throw a shuriken through it.

So the way you train is this: train with martial arts forms and precise martial arts techniques so that you build a structure, a frame of reference, a scientific way of imagining the world. Second, practice closing your eyes and train without using your physical senses. Last, in this matter of gaining sixth sense abilities in martial arts like karate or taekwondo, is to develop your imagination; that is your true strength, you know: the use of imagination.

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Karate Ki Power and the Secret of Proper Breathing

Karate Ki Power

I say Karate Ki Power, but, of course, I am speaking of proper breathing in all martial arts. Interestingly, while people recognize the importance of breathing, little has been written on it. This is a shame, becuase it is very simple, and yet the gains are incredible; proper breathing does lead to super abilities in the martial arts.

There are only three rules in this breathing game. The first rule is to breath from the tan tien. Technically, air can’t go all the way to the tan tien, but it will hit the bottom of the lungs, translate into energy as it passes through the diaphragm, and be a wave of energy focusing into and feeding the tan tien. This is a direct ‘fanning of the fire’ that is the center for the body energy.

The second rule is to breath in as the body contracts, and breath out as it expands. If you draw your arm back to karate punch or block, or if you retract the leg for a taekwondo kick, you should be breathing in. Then, as you body expands, as the block or kick goes out, you should breath out. This is nothing more than coordinating the ‘energy pumping apparatus’ of the body.

The third rule is to breath into the body part striking or being struck. This is a little harder, but with practice it becomes second nature. The idea is to use the idea of breath control to focus awareness. Thus, when you do a karate punch, focus the awareness into the knuckles. When you raise a karate block, breath out and as if into the part of the arm getting struck. This focusing of awareness will focus the energy, and you will become able to be struck not just on your arms or legs and feel no pain, but on any part of your body. Doing the applications of Karate, or kung fu or any hard style martial art, will greatly aid the development of this ability.

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What Can You Really Do with Karate Ki Power?

To summarize, the keys here are three: breath to the tan tien, breath in as the body contracts and out as the body expands, and focus your breathing to focuse your awareness and energy into the body part striking, or being struck.

As you learn these methods of breathing, and realize how simple they are, you will start to understand some of the deeper meanings of kata. For Martial Arts Kata, or forms, as they are sometimes called, offer fantastic variety for learning how to breath, and thus learning how to focus energy to places throughout your body. This will give not just the ability to survive a fight, but a very long life.

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