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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

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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?"

All Bottles are Truly Good

All Bottles are Truly Good

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Letting Go!

We as human beings find comfort and solace in the familiar. When that familiar changes, regardless of the reasons, we tend to resist. We speak of the kenpo gokui in that change is good and all bottles are the same. We discuss such lofty ideals as discovering the others in their beliefs and customs yet we still resist any changes. What I mean is when we do learn about the customs and beliefs of others we see it from our unique perspective and try to change that perception to meet our expectations.

"All bottles are good!" and I mean to live by that maxim as best I can which means that I will sometimes have to "let go" of some things in order to make room for new things.

The transition is most difficult considering our comfort zone for the familiar. This is evident in the practice of our own style of fighting art, Isshinryu. We receive from Sensei and through practice and training over a long period of time become familiar with that "way" of training and practice. What happens then is when we move off from Sensei and his/her dojo we find "differences" that challenge our familiar.

If we follow the way then we know that "All bottles are good" means that change is good but change just for the sake of change is not recommended. Change is good when it has meaning. It has form. It has function. It is found to be a part of the "Way" of the empty hand, or tea, or flower arranging, etc.

I firmly believe that the reason Tatsuo Sensei gave out the Kenpo Gokui with the hopes that those in receipt of this tome would study it and discover on their own its value to us as not only karate-ka but as humans. He felt that we should discover others value and transition from one level to another in reaching "that" level of spirituality not to be confused with religion and its doctrines.

There are ways to overcome that instinctual urge to remain in the "familiar" so change can come naturally. We must be open minded to what ever we encounter then we must allow it to flower showing its capabilities then allow it to influence us in a positive manner; to become a part of us. This may mean we have to "let go" or if I may "accept" the loss of something to grow with something else.

Life is a matter of seeding, growing, flowering, wilting, dying, and returning to the Earth. As we travel the "Way" of life and the fighting arts we will find many different seeds that will be planted within us, that will grow, flower and become something new only to wilt at the meeting of new things so it will die away and allow the Earth to let something new grow combining with the remains of the old.

This transitional phase is most difficult and tests us more than anything. Those who find the strength to allow this "letting go" to allow "growth and flowering of the self" is true strength while anything else results in early decay and death.

Study this thoroughly!


  1. Thanks for an awesome post on change. Change, learning and adaption are so critical to a fulfilling life