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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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Why is there no discussion on the Gokui?

Just a question that crossed my mind. I read a few different postings from a few different Yahoo Martial Art/Fighting Art groups where the discussions become very lively yet they seem to focus solely on this technique and that, how it can be applied, what kata is what compared to what kata is what and so on.

Is it because one must transition into another level where the philosophical side becomes more important. I don't feel this because I reached 55 and I can still get out there with the best of them and train hard on the dojo floor, but; makes me wonder why?

Don't get me wrong because the lively discussions do provide for different perspectives on the physical form of practice. I always find value because I have incorporated several of these views into my practice.

Why do you think most threads are about "how" you do something vs. a meaning behind the "how"?


  1. We humans live in at least two major worlds. The slam-bang beef-on-beef world of physical action is the easier one of the two, we strut and fret and punch and kick and hate and fear and sometimes (shudder) show affection. This psycho-slammo world is generally the entry level to the martial arts and where many folk seem to stay.

    The other major world is one of calm and open reflection, of understanding of the energetic principles of martial arts and of life through BEING the energy.The Samurai put it this way: "The best defense is total vulnerability" -- a foreign way of being to our psycho-slammo self, which insists on total invulnerability (which is a myth of course).

    One of my favorite Zen koans is "Who is it carrying this corpse around?" The beef-on-beef martial artist can be considered to be doing corpse dancing. What you are calling the philosophical side is the "who is it."

    Thanks for asking the question, Charles. The answering continues....

  2. Thanks George, I like this particular view you use...great...