(This ended up being longer than I anticipated. Breaking it up into two posts.)
do they really have powers?
Hello. I feel somewhat qualified to answer this question. I will try. But in trying to answer we run into the question of what qualifies as "powers"
and we run into the question of verifiability. What have I "personally seen" vs. what have I "been told" etc. An awful lot of martial artists have
been told that if they keep practicing and meditating, eventually they'll get all these powers. But if you ask how many have personally witnessed
them in action...you'll usually get "oh, well my instructor said."
Which isn't a very satisfying answer.
But, on the other hand, I have personally
done some things that others have seen pictures and videos of, and then been told that they didn't
believe it was possible, and believed that it was all computer graphics. Even though I know it was real because again...I was the one who did it, and
honestly didn't think it was that big of a deal. So again...what qualifies as a "superpower" and what doesn't may be subject to some debate. So
let me start with some things that I have
seen, and some things that I have not
I've seen any manner of brick/board/ice/etc breaks. I've personally seen people who can smash through six inches of stacked brick WITHOUT spacers,
people who can throw boards into the air and punch them in two before they hit the ground, etc. Damned impressive, yes...but I've never seen anyone
do any of this without touching the things they're breaking. I've never seen anyone "throw a ki ball."
I've personally witnessed a monk maintain a two finger "handstand," supporting his entire bodyweight on only the index fingers of each hand. And he
did it for a really long time.
There was no question in my mind that he was really doing it, and there was no question in my mind about him
"jumping in and out" to make it look like he was doing something that he wasn't. Not at all. This guy bent over, put his fingers down, had someone
help him raise his legs up for balance, and then simply held it for a good 20 seconds. But I've never seen anyone use a finger to poke a hole, or
write his name on a rock, which allegedly people who practice this discipline eventually are able to do.
I have personally trained in leaping-kung, and I have personally performed jumps in excess of four feet, and have personally witnessed an instructor
perform a verticle jump from a stationary position that was subtantially more than anything I could do. (I realize that's somewhat vague, but the
jump I'm referring to wasn't measured. He simply took my best and added some arbitrary amount to it and then did it himself. If I were to guess,
probably just under 4 feet, 6 inches.) Once again...all this is somewhat impressive, but it's far cry from flying or levitating...which I have never
I've personally witnessed people who can jump into the air, spin around and land on their head without injury. I have seen people who can do dive
rolls over objects set at the height of their own shoulders. And I've seen a lot of this sort of thing done not only on mats, but also outdoors on
I've personally witnessed a man put out a candle using one finger from a distance of roughly five feet. But I've also done it from a lesser
distance...and there's nothing supernatural about it. Yes, it looks very impressive, but it's done by making an air current, not by making a magical
ki ball, and there's nothing supernatural about it at all.
I'm more interested in the claims of levitation, verifiable
out of body experiences, telekenesis ect...
Ahh. Well, before I get to the "haven't seen, but knew a guy who..." stuff, let me tell you about the most convincing demonstration of
"superpowers" that I've personally witnesed with my own eyes.
I was watched a training session at a ninjutsu school here in Southern California. No fancy elite secluded underground training hall or
anything...this was just a regular school in a shopping district. Much of the class was unimpressive, but for their final practice before closing
meditation, they did something very interesting. The instructor had the students sit in seiza in a circle around the perophery of the classroom. He
then turned out the lights and put on some music. He then drew a sword and "stalked" students at random from behind from the middle of the circle.
He would face a students back, and ever so slowly take a few steps forward before raising his sword to bring down in a cutting motion as if to cut off
their head. And the students were to signal they they knew he was there before his swordstroke.
And they actually did it.
I sat and watched, looked for hints that they might be "cheating," tried listening for the sound of his footsteps...everything I could think of.
They actually did it. Some of the students would raise their hand when he was still a few steps away, others would allow him to make the cutting
motion with his sword, but move their head out of the way as he did, but so far as I could tell, they were genuinely sensing his "intent" and
reacting to it without seeing or hearing him.
Is it possible it was all a ruse? Yes. Do I believe that it was? No.
Maybe that's not quite the "levitation or telekinesis" you were looking for, but it is something that I can't explain conventionally, and that
I've personally seen with my own two eyes.