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Hey Urban Acolyte Family, my name is Prince, and I am an Urban Acolyte.
So, in this video, Im going to lay all of my thoughts on the table regarding Donnie
Yens character from Rogue One, Chirrut Imwe.
So theres been a number of YouTube videos and blog articles talking about this character.
Ive seen everything from how hes based on the same character archetype as Kanan Jarrus
on Star Wars Rebels and terms tossed around describing him as being a low-level force
Now Im not going to critique anyone elses workIm just going to share what Ive
learned from canon sources, give my thoughts on the character, and then Im going to
tell you why Chirrut Imwes character is an example of an Urban Acolyte in the real
So this is what the Rogue One Visual Guide has to say on Chirrut Imwe:
Deeply spiritual Chirrut Imwe believes that all living things are connected through the
His sightless eyes do not prevent him from being a highly skilled warrior.
Though he seemingly lacks Force abilities, this warrior monk has rigorously honed his
body through intense physical and mental discipline.
Chirrut is from a near-extinct order, the Guardians of the Whills, which is devoted
to protecting the Temple of the Kyber in the Holy City of Jedha.
An ancient order, its origins are lost to time and inextricably woven into the legends
of the Jedi Knights.
Some believers insist the Jedi drew inspiration from the followers of Jedha, while historians
surmise it is likely the opposite.
Whatever the truth, it is all a matter of deepest faith to Chirrut.
Though Chirrut deeply believes in the reality of the Force and respects the Jedi Order,
he knows no one could ever hold a monopoly on understanding the cosmic energy field.
Unlike the late departed Jedi, the teachings of the Guardians of the Whills do not emphasize
the discord between lightness and darkness.
The Guardians believe their approach allows mortal minds to encompass the totality of
Chirrut is a practioner of Zama-Shiwo, a Jedha martial art also known as "the inward eye
of the outward hand."
The central pillar involves perfection of physical prowess-- conscious accounting of
a body's placement, contact, and internal functions.
It is said that a master of these techniques can alter his heart rate, oxygen intake, and
vital processes to produce seemingly supernatural effects.
This is similar to Jedi physical exercises that emphasize bodily control-- some believe
due to a cultural connection with the ancient past.
Also, Star Wars Galactic Maps offers the following description:
A blind warrior monk and disciplined fighter, Chirrut is attuned to the mystical energy
of the Force.
So I thought that phrase attuned to the mystical energy of the Force was rather
interesting because its not something weve heard previously.
Now because the Force is responsible for Life, everything has the Force.
Dave Filoni, in an interview that I discussed in a video last summer, talked about how anyone
who taps into their talents is tapping into the Force.
So does Chirrut Imwe use the Force?
Is he a Jedi?
No hes also not gifted in the same way the Jedi are because Jedi can manipulate the
physical world through the Force, but knowing the Force is all about being in the moment,
and this is at the heart of Chirrut Imwes training.
So recall a year ago when there were questions regarding whether or not Chirrut was going
to be a Jedi.
I posted a video stating that Chirrut could be General Rahm Kota from The Force Unleashed
video games, or a character with some similarities.
Since both Rahm Kota and Kanan Jarrus both appear to be based on the Zatoichi, blind
swordsman, character the connection to Zatoichi has also been mentioned for Chirrut
Now I actually disagree with this connection.
The choice to make Chirrut Imwe blind was actually Donnie Yens decision.
It appears that he had a lot of input, and I think that Chirrut is actually more closely
related to an actual warrior monk featured in the Netflix series, Marco Poloand that
character would be 100 Eyes.
If youve not seen the series, 100 Eyes, is a Taoist Monk who was captured and made
to serve as martial arts trainer to Kublai Khans generals.
100 Eyes attempted to escape, and after killing several Mongolian soldiers, was blinded.
100 Eyes was a master of several styles of kungfu, skilled with melee weapons, horse
riding, and archery.
The similarities are also present in their philosophical outlook as a Taoist, 100
Eyes would simply seek to go with the flow, or go with the Tao, even though he was removed
from his Temple in China, made to serve the Khan, and blinded think about Chirruts
line,I fear nothing;All is as the Force wills it. This sounds exactly like something
a Taoist would say.
Now regarding Chirruts training Ive said several times that he exemplifies a true
His art, Zama-Shiwo, means the inward eye of the outward hand, which basically means
that the hand is guided by looking inward.
Another way of saying this would be that the hands are guided by ones intentionand
ones intention must be based on them focused on the present moment.
This is why Chirrut is constantly chanting,Im one with the Force; The Force is with me
because it is a way of centering himself.
Through his practice, hes able to sense the Force, and be guided by the Force remember,
the Force is all about being presentso Chirruts actions are all based on being
present, by looking inward.
So even though his physical eyes may not be able to see, his awareness is what guides
himand there are no limits to awareness.
Now this isnt me waxing on poeticthis is a real thing that exists in the real world.
See, I happen to practice an internal martial art style called I Liq Chuan.
I Liq Chuan literally means Mental-Physical Martial Art., and it is an art of cultivating
consciousness based on the Tai Chi principles and Zen philosophy of non-assertion, nonresistance,
harmony of yin and yang, oneness, and the present moment.
As a system of martial arts, I-Liq Chuan emphasizes the development of internal power through
mental attitude and awareness.
The highest goal of the art is the integration of the minds complete awareness in the
present momentin not just self defense situations, but in all of lifes events.
The art teaches one to break away from the unconscious.
A person learns to activate the mind to be conscious at all times, and if one can always
be conscious, they can be mindful and observe to recognize and break away from attaching
to habits and emotions that affect ones peace of mind.
Peace of mind is important because relaxation is an essential component of the art.
Relaxation doesnt just mean the body is relaxed, but the mind as well.
Relaxation contains harmony of yin and yang and the process of looseness, softness, elasticity,
and fa jin.
Fa Jin means issuing power.
As soon as an I-Liq Chuan person touches an opponents hands or body, they can feel
instantly where the opponents weight and center of gravity is and what strike or technique
an opponent is going to use.
Ultimately, the I-Liq Chuan person is able to sense the opponents intention without contact,
They can redirect the force and use it against the opponent or incorporate the use of fa
jin depending on the threat level.
So I dont know about you, but I-Liq Chuan sounds like a real world equivalent of Chirrut
Imwes martial art, Zama Shiwo.
Additionally, his ability to control his autonomic nervous system, as a result of his training,
can be accomplished through pranayama training in yoga or any breath retention exercises
taught in Sufi, Taoist, or esoteric Buddhist traditions.
Im sure there may be others, but those are the ones I have experienced.
An easy entry into these practices is the Wim Hof method, which has actually been scientifically
proven to boost the immune system.
So Chirrut Imwe a warrior monk devoted to understanding the Force, but not a Jedi.
The crazy thing is that through his training, he was able to sense the Force, arguably as
well as some Jedi.
So what do you think?
Do you think that through training internal martial arts and breath retention training
that you can come close to being able to sense the Force, in the real world, the way Chirrut
Imwe did in Rogue One?
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