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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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Kenpo Gokui - concepts

Tatsuo Sensei concepts for Karate-do

1. Natural

2. In the middle (Of Shorin-ryu and Goju-ryu) doctrine of the mean

3. Fast and smooth techniques

4. Fist as a rule is with the thumb placed on top of the fist

5. Muscle block rather then bone type blocks

6. Vertical punch over the twist punch

Miyagi Sensei may be the karate-man who provided the kenpo-gokui to both Kaneshi Eiko Sensei and Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei.

To understand the Kenpo-gokui one must first study those who created and provided it to us which means we should understand the masters as Okinawans with their culture and the times at which they practiced and trained.

The kenpo-gokui has many meanings and none are correct or incorrect but are the interpretations of the individual. We are all unique and we all must study the gokui with an open mind and with the understanding that today's interpretation/meaning for us may change as we continue our path along the "Way."

Some believe that this terse version of the I-Ching is also in line with the concepts and ideology of the "Go Rin No Sho" of Musashi Miyamoto or the "sword saint" of Japan.

One very important aspect of the gokui is "change." As stated about our interpretation of the gokui on a daily basis teaches us that change is an intricate part of life and we should be able to bend and flow with change regardless of what, when, where, why, and the how of it.

Flexibility is key to serious study of the fighting arts and thus becomes a key to our way of life. Be open and accept the inevitability of change because it will keep coming regardless of what we do.

Look within your own style as you study the gokui and see if you can discover the relationships.

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