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"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

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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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Sequence Seven

eye/s | must | see | 4 | sides

eye/s - there are at least two types this may refer to, one is our actual "eyes" or the second is that "eye" that comes from meditation, i.e. that third eye that some believe sits at the forehead and allows us to see that which is not seeable by our eyes in our heads. to be able to see all sides may refer to not only the literal but also the meta-physical. something to think about or to contemplate...

must - not sure this character actually means "must" for I don't envision philosophically they meant this literally that one "must" as if they were required to do something when in reality we are never "required or must" have to do anything. we "must" accept tho that we are free to decide on a course of action both physical and metaphysically.

see - to see something literally but in addition metaphysically is important. whether it pertains to any type of side or the number four or eyes is debatable and dependent solely on the individuals perspective and perceptions...

4 - literally four of what. if it is sides does it mean east | west | north | south or does it mean SW | SE | NW | NE which is another four sides to this coin. maybe this is why Chinese thought uses an eight sided figure to depict all eight directions. so do we suppose this means every direction or do we limit ourselves into just four directions with the understanding the other four are within our peripheral vision thus not needed to be overtly expressed...

sides - do we assume we mean the four sides from our direct perspective as we stand facing forward or do we mean all sides from a perspective of dimensions, i.e. four sides, up, down, diagonally in any other non-direct path, etc.

The eye must see all sides.

Pretty clear here but still we don't wish to accept its translation or meaning as literal because we in the fighting arts must consider sides that are not apparent. There is the physical side, the metaphysical side, the theological side, the spiritual side, the side of heaven and earth, the side of moon and sun, and ...

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