Meridian System of the Body

The Meridian System of the Body Part I - An Introduction To The Energetic Pathways

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The Meridian System of the Body

 

 

Part I

An Introduction to the Energetic Pathways

 

The combative techniques shown and described in this series of articles on the meridian system of the body are for informative purposes only. Practice of such techniques should be conducted under expert supervision. Neither Michael Davis or the Kodawari Hombu Dojo are liable in any way for the results you encounter using these techniques. These moves and techniques are dangerous. Treat this knowledge with care and be careful!

 

 

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The meridian system of the body1The meridian system of the body is known as jingluo or 經絡 in Chinese. In Japanese they are called keiraku and use the same characters as the Chinese. or, maybe better said as the energetic system of the body, is a HUGE topic. This is a first in a series that will cover

 

Meridian System of the Body

Within this series of posts on the meridian system of the body, we will be discussing concepts such as qi or chi2fill this in. According to Modern Western Medicine (MWM), these things do not exist. No one has ever found a meridian, an acupuncture point3An acupuncture point being a specific location on one of these meridians. or even the existence of qi or chi in the human body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please keep in mind that the point of view that is being taken in this series of posts or articles on the meridian system of the body are, primarily, from the combative aspect. While we will be delving into some of the healing aspects of the meridian or energetic system of the body, we are in no way trying to training you to be a healer or overwhelm you with the additional topics that can come into play here. The specific aspect being looked at is to enhance your combative and energetic skills. Even if you are interested in this from a qigong4Qigong – 気功 – translates from the Chinese and simply means energy work. The Japanese use the same characters and their wording for it is kiko. or neigong5Neigong – 內功 – in Chinese simply means internal work and the use of qi or ki is implied. In Japanese we use naiko or naiko-ho – 内功法  aspect, this will be of great benefit to you.

If you have not read our post on the meaning of the concept of Kodawari, then it is highly recommended that you do so. In understanding this, it will go a long way in setting the framework we will be using on this site and all of the posts or articles made available to you.

 

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It seems that many, if not most, martial artists of any rank or experience level learn something new and then want to practice what they have learned at full speed and power. In this case, I very much want to warn you to NOT go this route. The meridian system of the body (or the energetic system of the body) can be greatly disrupted in a negative manner with just the lightest of strikes. In many cases, hitting the points that we will be discussing can put a person to sleep (aka knock them out) quite quickly. And, repeatedly hitting some points without taking corrective actions can cause long term issues for the person being struck. In the course of this series of articles or posts on the meridian system of the body, we will also cover revival and balancing techniques. You are cautioned very highly to take things very slowly and easy so as to not create any serious issues for yourself or your training partners.

 

 

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In the Japanese and Okinawan martial arts, the use of vital points in striking is referred to as kyusho6Kyusho – 急所 – is translated as a vital point, weak point or tender point on the body. In Chinese it would be dianxue – 点穴 or you may also see it as dianmai – 點穴. Both would generally refer to hitting vital or acupuncture points on the body.. Due to a misunderstanding of the Japanese language, you will quite often see the use of kyusho-jitsu. This is INCORRECT. The kanji 実 is jitsu and it means truth, reality, seed, fruit or nut. The kanji that they should be using is 術 or jutsu for kyusho-jutsu. I only point this out because if someone is getting something this simple wrong, what else are they misunderstanding and getting wrong. I will leave it to you to decide that. Also see below (click on either image to enlarge):

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    The meridian system of the body is known as jingluo or 經絡 in Chinese. In Japanese they are called keiraku and use the same characters as the Chinese.
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    fill this in
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    An acupuncture point being a specific location on one of these meridians.
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    Qigong – 気功 – translates from the Chinese and simply means energy work. The Japanese use the same characters and their wording for it is kiko.
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    Neigong – 內功 – in Chinese simply means internal work and the use of qi or ki is implied. In Japanese we use naiko or naiko-ho – 内功法
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    Kyusho – 急所 – is translated as a vital point, weak point or tender point on the body. In Chinese it would be dianxue – 点穴 or you may also see it as dianmai – 點穴. Both would generally refer to hitting vital or acupuncture points on the body.

About Michael Davis

Michael Davis
Beginning his martial training almost 50 years ago, Michael Davis has spent almost his entire adult life attempting to internalize, add to and propagate the body of knowledge that makes up the principles and techniques of the life preserving combative arts and sciences. Michael has taught or assisted with the teaching of seminars and events in 17 US states and four countries. In addition to training every day martial artists, he has taught members of the US military as well as law enforcement at every level...from local LEOs to Federal Marshalls and US Secret Service agents (protective detail). He has co-authored a martial arts book, written numerous magazine articles that were published internationally as well as appearing in and assisting with the production of martial arts videos and other training materials.
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