Learn about Ki and how you use it in your daily life. Join us with Markus Dieterle a Kijutsu martial artist. He says: When I was studying in Karlsruhe, I did some additional learning in my free time in order to become more knowledgeable in additional topics outside of the ones I was studying. I wanted to learn some self-defense techniques and was attracted by some of the eastern martial arts. The university sports program had a few different martial arts offerings, and one of those was “Kijutsu”. The description sounded really interesting, so I signed up for a beginner’s course.
Training Kijutsu and learning how to use different aspects of “Ki” (or “chi”) for self-defence turned out to be one of the most interesting things I’ve done so far. Different exercises were used in order to not only train basic techniques, but also get a feel for and more experience in using “Ki”. Rather than just talking about more or less abstract concepts of Ki as a flow of energy that is really everywhere and can be tapped into and used in different ways, the training introduced me to very practically usable aspects of Ki, and the fact that they can also be used outside of self-defence situations, in everyday life.
In this HOA session Markus like to share some of his Ki experiences with you.
I was born and raised in the town of Wuppertal, a densely populated and mostly industrial town (which still has a lot of green park areas) in the middle of Western Germany. The town is known for its suspended railway (old, but still regularly used for daily public transport) as well as being the original home town of the Bayer chemical company – which a lot of people know as the inventor of Aspirin (I could list a few other points, but this isn’t a tourist guide J).
After finishing school, I moved to the city of Karlsruhe in southern Germany, in order to study informatics (computer sciences). After a while I switched to sensory systems engineering, which amongst other things incorporated computer sciences, mechanical and electrical engineering, physics, chemistry and simulation into a complex discipline of its own. The studies included two practical semesters for “on-the-job” training where we could put theory into practice. I wasn’t able to finish my studies due to some personal problems, but learned a lot from that nevertheless.
Back in Wuppertal, I went on to a part-time work as a layout assistant in a small local print company for a while, before becoming a programmer in another small company that focused on software and hardware for recording and computing medical service items in hospitals and doctors’ offices (both for record keeping and for billing purposes).
When the company was closed down by its owner despite still having several clients and a working business, I got the chance to finish my education by acquiring an official degree and title as an “Industriekaufmann” (industrial clerk/manager) from the chamber of commerce in Cologne, with an additional certification as a specialist for SAP systems. Getting this degree and title took me two years.
The new title and certificate landed me a job as an internal IT and SAP specialist in the accounting department of a young and dynamic mobile service provider, just at the time when the mobile phone marked really started to explode. The job was challenging, highly interesting and required a lot of flexibility as services and technology were evolving even more rapidly than in the PC and computing sector. I helped to optimize and expand internal processes, devised new database applications, and helped to optimize the usage of the internal SAP ERP system.
After around 5 years of doing this, I had the opportunity to switch over to the internal SAP team and become a dedicated SAP Basis specialist, and I took it. This job included system and application monitoring and administration, user and authorization management, interface development and a lot of related stuff. Over time, I centralized the user profile and authorization management for the SAP systems, developed and documented a new, more structured system for defining and managing new authorizations, implemented the new system, and added several new interfaces to our systems. In 2008 I changed to another company in a different sector where I still work right now, continuing in my role as SAP Basis specialist and ABAP programmer. During my spare time, I am working to slowly turn myself into an entrepreneur and author in the fields of problem solving and programming.