"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
My personal "Interpretive" Lens!

"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour

"Providing a first step on a path to self-reflection." - C. E. James

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon

"What is true today may be reevaluated as false not long after. Judgements are frequently based upon a set of "temporary" circumstances surrounding them. Conflicting ideologies can exist simultaneously. Antagonistic dualities are complementary aspects of a unified whole: are seen as mutually dependent mirror images of each other." - Nahum Stiskin

Warning, Caveat and Note: The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.

Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.

Kenpo Gokui

The lines of the ken-po goku-i are set from an atomistic aspect simply because it is the manner in which the brain learns. Its nature is completely holistic and like the I Ching must be in a form that promotes learning and understanding so a person can see, hear and grasp the nature of a holistic system. The gokui is a method to teach us how to be holistic. Its terseness is the best that can be done to convey its holistic meaning.

A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.

A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.

Master Zeng said, "Am I preaching what I have not practiced myself?"

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There are no absolutes in karate-do. There are no absolutes in life. When we study and interpret the kenpo gokui we are learning our own kenpo gokui.

Review the kanji of the kenpo gokui and then the words in English and you find differences or at the least openness to interpretation. I firmly believe the English translations are the interpretation of the person translating the kanji to English which gets its influences from the persons environment, thoughts, teachings, and so on.

The gokui as translated by Tatsuo Sensei may just be his interpretations. I firmly believe he provided the kanji version along with his English version to help us follow his concepts and through diligent and serious training on our part become something unique to each of us as individuals. This would be similar to how he came to be the creator of Isshinryu because he took the training and teachings of his Sensei and brought them together into the one heart method with strings or links to his training in the classics to include the kenpo gokui.

I believe he meant for us to follow our own path and find our own true meaning of the kenpo gokui thus using his version along with his concepts as a personal gift to help us create our own.

When we practice the "way" are we not trying to reach our own nirvana, not Tatsuo Sensei or Nagle Sensei or Advincula Sensei nirvana but our own.

So let us say that there are no "absolute" interpretations to anything in the kenpo gokui except the characters which we should use to find our own true heart and then polish it until if shines brightly as the sun shines its benefits upon the earth and humanity.

Let the gokui be represented by the moon while it cycles with the sun and earth allowing us through repetitive, serious, and diligent practice to reach "one" with the gokui creating our own pome of karate-do.

If there are so many interpretations of kata and kihon technique (bunkai) which began with the basics taught from Tatsuo Sensei to the interpretations of today's Sensei can not there be the same with the kenpo gokui and the concepts of Tatsuo Sensei?

Keep asking Questions? Study the concepts and gokui as thoroughly as we do the waza of Isshinryu.

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