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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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See All and Hear All

7. The eye must see all sides. 8. The ear must listen in all directions.

When we reflect on these two kenpo gokui tomes we tend to think in regards to combat. It is best to think outside the box and reflect on what these two and other kenpo gokui mean in relation to every facet of life be it in the dojo or out in the world.

A good example is the eye must see all sides can be interpreted in practice as the practitioner focusing on his/her Sensei and/or Sempai when receiving guidance in waza.

We first must use our "ears" to focus and actively listen to what is being said. We learn this way but in order for it to stick we must couple that learning with other forms such as the "eyes." This means once the Sensei/Sempai finishes telling you something they will then demonstrate it for you where you must actively focus on what is being performed.

You then couple that or connect that with what was said. Then then next phase after seeing all facets of the waza with the "eyes" ; hearing the details of what is said with the "ears"; we then get to actually put it all into action which reinforces what was said and seen.

Just an example of what we can get from the study of the kenpo gokui and karate-do. To actively listen and see coupled with demonstration/self-demonstration binds it all into "one".

The practitioner studies diligently to polish the waza while continuing to hear, see, and do each time Sensei/Sempai provides additional guidance on that waza.

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