Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lesson 25: Kimochi

Kimochi in Japanese can be translated as feeling, especially good feeling. You'd usually say "kimochiiiiiiii" when you get in an onsen, or get a massage. Earlier when Sensei was trying to explain kankaku (physical feeling), I kept on trying to say kimochi, but he said no, it's different. Tonight however, we were working on a movement, and he said I need to do it with kimochi. Jibun no kokoro kara kimochi wo tsukau: Use feeling from my own heart. This seemed like a strange phrase to use with context, but it was indeed very important. Along with what we were doing, in Internal Chinese Martial Art lingo, I think he meant that I needed to root better. Relax your body, drop your weight, and move with kimochi. Another demonstration he had was with his hand/arm on mine. When he wanted to move it down, he didn't push, but he kimochi'd his arm making it heavy and weight down on mine.

This is something I've experienced in training with other teachers be it Tai Chi Chuan, Hawaiian Kenpo, or Boxing. It doesn't seem to be the mark of a particular style of martial arts, but a common component reflective of a matured practitioner.


  1. I'd personally translate 'kankaku' as perception, with the nuance therefore going beyond the simply physical

  2. Ah naru hodo! Thank you very much for the comment on translation. Whenever I get a word like this I don't know, I try to figure it out from the context, then check a dictionary, ask one of my English teachers here, and then kind of go with my own interpretation. I greatly appreciate any comments on the Japanese words I use though, and I think they'll be popping up more and more, so please, always chime in for more info.

  3. I hope the expressing of "Kimochi" is silent.