Grandmaster Trias demonstrates Ki!

Person: Joseph Walker

Grandmaster Trias demonstrates Ki!

Grandmaster Trias often said that there was nothing in Aikido, which had not been in Karate for a thousand years. This statement was not made to disparage Aikido but to emphasize to karateka that they did not have to look outside their art for intrinsic energy,(Ki)development. Grandmaster Trias would often demonstrate the principles of Haku Tsuro,white crane,from which Ki development is an outgrowth. Two of his favorite demonstrations were:
1. To stand on one foot with hand extended and defy someone grasping his hand to push him over. Grandmaster Trias had very large hands and sometimes would do this demonstration with five men one grasping each finger.
2. To balance on the back two legs of a chair with a man's hands on his forehead and his own hands lightly on the man's elbows. Sometimes he would line up other men behind the first so each had his hands on the shoulders of the man in front of him. He did this with as many as five large men.
Grandmaster Trias did these demonstrations from the beginning of the 70's until he started getting ill in the mid eighty's. They were witnessed by many people.

Sources: Joseph Walker