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
"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.
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.
Chiri no Naki: use of Terrain
One of the most important techniques a karate-man must learn as a part of their "kihon" is focus or kimi with emphasis on "seeing" all and "hearing" all (kenpo-gokui). When Sensei talks they must actively listen. When Sensei demonstrates their focus must be intense seeing every detail. When Sensei then requires you to do what he just demonstrated then you must put what you "see" and "hear" into action. This is important training.
This training then requires you to be "aware" of all your surroundings at all times. You never know when danger will rear its ugly head so when it does you will be "aware" of the terrain you will have to defend yourself in even if it is simply recognizing the danger, seeing a route to tactfully retreat, and then do it. We don't always have to fight. Fighting includes not fighting, something to consider.
Chakugan or to set eyes on your attacker/opponent also means to set your eyes on all directions of your environment so you know or sense the types of obstacles you may encounter during a confrontation. This also includes "seeing" possible accomplices who may come to your attackers side in battle.
Practice outside the dojo. If you also practice seriously and realistically such as in a park or the woods depending on your locale then be "aware" as you enter by turning and "seeing" your surroundings. Look for avenues of tactful retreat, look for obstacles that may hinder you movement or more importantly aid you in your tactics/strategy.
Some examples as to being "aware" of your terrain or "Chiri-no-maki":
In the street are there cars, curbs, trash cans, people, potholes, uneven sidewalks, is the terrain you are on either cement or asphalt (don't laugh as on a hot day asphalt can be sticky, etc.), are there trees or shrubs lining the sidewalk or street, are there avenues of tactful retreat that are not obstructed by any of the above, and are you "aware" of your position in relation to these obstacles/aids in your battle, i.e. five feet to my left is a trash can I can easily move to use as a shield, etc.
Are you fighting on uneven ground, are there rocks or holes, are there small shrubs below your line of sight, etc?
Are you fighting in an open space, is the space flat or uneven, are there obstacles, etc?
Are you fighting on stone stairs? wood stairs? stairs with rails? stairs with out rails, etc.?
Are you fighting in a field?
Are you fighting in a room with doors, walls, and/or screens?
Are you fighting in water be it heavy rain, beach side, in the surf, etc?
Are you fighting on bridge? does it have rails? is it narrow or wide? does it have a lot of traffic either foot or vehicular, etc?
Are you fighting on boat/ship/barge? is it calm? is it rough?
All the above are types of terrain or something that effects such terrain that you should be "aware" of when you enter into an environment. Everything you see, hear, feel, and/or sense can be either a help or hindrance in a self-defense situation.