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.
Kihon no gokui...or someting like that :-)
Here is what I am trying to say, we practice kihon, kata, and kumite as separate entities until we reach a stage where they all seem to become one in practice. I perceive the kenpo gokui as the same.
Initially we seek the knowledge the 8 gokui provide by studying them separately when in fact this is only the beginning. We see each of the eight on its own and within each of the eight the parts it contains separately to gain the foundation we need to bring it all into "one!"
As I travel forward seeking knowledge that the gokui provides by its "light" by which we "see" the truth of it I will be writing more in a form that brings all eight of the gokui into "one." I hope I can do this anyway!
I will still see and write on the individual parts because to build on the foundation provides greater strength much like continued practice of kihon, kata, and kumite builds or forges a stronger mind, body, and heart the parts of the gokui shall build upon the foundation of the "one".
Although the title to this post is not really accurate it does help to convey that what we practice in the fighting arts is the coalescing of the mind, body, and spirit into the "one" or "one heart" of life. Through this type of singular practice I hope to find the "one" in all things thus providing balance in my life through balance in karate-do through balance in kenpo-gokui.
Example: I was sitting at my desk reviewing my mail for work when suddenly the above thought just flicked on like a light or beacon to illuminate my way so I immediately opened my note book or text pad and started writing. The words flowed and I believe this is how we reach beyond the basics to start forming the "one."
Note: Notice in the graphic the literal translation of the kanji to English then compare that to the full English gokui we see. I believe there are a myriad of ways we could translate the gokui to mean...worth studying don't you think?