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"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

"Providing a first step on a path to self-reflection." - C. E. James

"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.

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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Tenri No Maki: Natures cycles

This directly effects your fighting ability or your mind and body connection. Your fighting ability can be effected by:

The time of day. We all live on an internal clock that is effected by the location or where we live, the time of day, the weather such as light or dark; windy or still; rain/snow/sleet; hot or cold; thunder and lightning or clear and sunny; superstition; and you need to be fully "aware" of these factors in training/practice before it comes to self-defense.

The biggest opponent we have to consider and conquer is our own ego. We have to see past its influences so we may "see" and "hear" what is real or reality. If we continue to fool ourselves by not seeing our faults and foibles then those same faults/foibles will be our downfall.

One Sensei said to me that if he gets a perspective practitioner who simply wants to learn to fight then he looks for his or her strengths and builds on that. It is quick, easy, and fast so that person gets what they want. If the Sensei gets a perspective "deshi" who wants to learn the "way" of the "empty hand" or any other fighting/martial art then he or she must look for that deshi's weaknesses and help guide them in overcoming which starts with the ego.

To let go, to actively see and hear with out reservations or pre-conceived notions or ideas is difficult. That is why sometimes I tell "deshi" to shut up, listen, see, be aware, and just train. When Sensei or Sempai talk and act it is for their benefit and since they are Sensei and Sempai it is best to see, listen, and do what is being taught.

Thinking of the Kenpo-gokui and Isshinryu you will need to realize that the sun and moon also have an effect on you. Since everything is connected, think butterfly effect, the sun and moons position effects the earth which drills down to its effects on the human condition. Take it a step further to understand that the position of all the stars and planets have effects on earth and all its inhabitants be it humans or plants or animals or the tides or the ebb and flow of the earth's crust, etc.

It has been said by the old masters that to practice "sanchin" one must practice in the early morning while facing the sun as it rises up for the day. This alludes to the "facts" that we humans feel and are affected by the sun, moon, stars, time of day, location on the earth, etc.

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