Spirit Bomb and Kamehameha – How to Use Chi

“Kamehameha”, as well as the “Spirit Bomb” technique, are perhaps the most famous signature attacks performed in battles on the martial arts anime, “Dragonball Z”, by Toriyama, Akira. Few people realize however, that (as ridiculous as this may sound) these are in truth, representations of actual operations using internal martial arts, albeit exceedingly and inordinately exaggerated, “cartoon-ified” versions of them. For example, the Kamehameha wave attack is an outlandishly amplified representation of what is known in Yang style T’ai Qi Quan internal form as “Fa Jing”. Some fans in the know however, realize this truth, and seek to find out how to use chi in such ways. Today, dear readers, we are going to investigate just that – allow me to explain…

In learning how to use chi, we need to understand it scientifically in order to make things simple here. Chi (correctly spelled “Qi”, pronounced as “chee”) is basically a bio-electromagnetic field, which is simply an electromagnetic field produced by living biological organisms. We all have bio-electricity coursing through us, as our brains tell our legs to walk, our hands to pick up things, whenever we register pain, smell a flower, or even think and dream. This all runs along our spinal cord and throughout the vast network of nerves and nerve endings and the tissues they connect with and control. The same way a magnetic field is produced around a wire with a charge coursing through it, our bio-electricity creates a magnetic field. So, how is this represented by the spirit bomb or the kamehameha wave from Dragonball Z? Let’s talk about fa jing…

In using fa jing, a practitioner will charge up his bio-electromagnetic field, or his chi, with something called “jing”. However, the chi field is only a field, much like that which surrounds a magnet. It isn’t a flow of energy per se, but merely a direction of flow… jing is the actual bio-electricity that the martial artist has cultivated, built up, stored, and now discharges through his chi field in order to send his sparring opponent flying out of the ring, often without even making any physical contact. Sometimes you may even hear the martial artist even voice out, “Faaaaa-JING!” as he does this, much like when Goku, the main character of Dragonball Z, shouts, “Kamehameha!” or, “Spirit Bomb!”. This charging and discharging is achieved through certain exercises in external form and internal form, as well as using certain breathing exercises. This is how to use chi… or more precisely, chi and jing.

BOLA TANGKAS