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.
Mind + Body + Spirit (heart) = One
Karate-do requires us when we enter the training hall to learn to control our mind. How this is done initially is we enter the training hall, go the dressing area, open our lockers, and during the process of getting dressed or preparing for training and practice we remove everything in our lives from our mind and focus directly on "training."
Karate-do is a singular form that provides us the tools to directly effect our minds so we may bring about a balance. This form of training requires a good deal from the mind. What ever the mind things translates into what the body does.
When we practice kihon, kata, and kumite we are training the mind to direct the body in very specific ways to accomplish a variety of things. Focus and attention to details are but a couple of traits of the mind we build, hone to a fine degree, and then polish.
As a result of this the mind leads the body into balance between hard and soft, stillness and action, lightness and heaviness, health and sickness, speed and stillness, and between the moment and everything else.
As we practice our karate-do the mind and body soon merge to create an indomitable spirit or heart. If we achieve balance in practice we can then direct that into our lives creating a connection with humanity for what we are in mind, body, and spirit allows us to reach out to others in our dojo, communities, country, and the world or earth.
Think for a minute that with out the heavens earth could not exist; with out the earth and all it has we humans could not exist. The string that connects heave, earth, and humanity creates life. When not in balance we end up with storms, floods, earthquakes, or global warming. How we overcome this is through karate-do for we then create a balance in our minds, bodies, and hearts that allows us to positively connect with others and finally with the earth.
So you can see that the influences of the kenpo-gokui as it applies to karate-do can have far reaching benefits to us as individuals as well as us as a community and finally as the heavens which is our home. Let us find balance!