Man Suing Martial Arts Master After Suffering Chi Hand Break
Martial artists’ chi force field inadvertently shatters students’ hand
Michael Kalasino, 28, is suing a martial arts academy after a sustaining a bizarre injury. He was skeptical following a demonstration of a technique that uses a force field to block an opponents blow.
“It seemed like woo woo to me.” he says. “I assumed they were faking it.”
at the urging of a friend, he continued attending class. That friend is Daniel Strong, a green belt at the academy, and Kalasino’s roommate. “He kept telling me it was for real, and that I had to harness my chi.” the classes continued, but Kalasino found the whole thing condescending. “They wouldn’t let me “feel the chi” because they said I wasn’t ready. So I had to watch these guys falling around without being touched. I got the feeling I was in some sort of martial arts cult.”
After one month of participation, Michael finally got his chance to do a demonstration with the sensei.
By this point, Kalasino was chomping at the bit for his chance to prove that the whole thing was a hoax. The demonstration was simple. The sensei dropped to his knees, and Kalasino would push against him to get a feel for his chi. Kalasino had other plans, and tried punching the sensei in the face instead.
“It was like an invisible wall of steel.”
Kalasino says, recalling the incident. “My hand shattered.” witnesses say the sensei was confused, but had a chuckle at the expense of his would be attacker. Kalasino has hired a lawyer and filed suit, claiming he wasn’t properly warned of the dangers surrounding chi. The case is the first recorded incidence of chi hand break, and should serve as a reminder never to mess with a martial arts master.