"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
My personal "Interpretive" Lens!

"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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Violence

[...an act of aggression; ferocity: the property of being wild or turbulent; a turbulent state resulting in injuries and destruction etc.; Violence is the expression of physical force against self or other, compelling action against one's will on pain of being hurt. ...]

When it is all said and done if violence is the result then we have failed ourselves and humanity. We have soiled what is right, correct, and just in the Universe. We have fallen from the path.

When we resort to violence we are lost and the only ending is more violence. Is it not the goal or path of following the Way of the Empty Hand (or any other art form) to "NOT FIGHT" yet we seem to focus on the act of domination of others through its practice and use.

To dominate by violence is an absolute last resort and should be the farthest thing in our minds, in our practice, in our training, and in our lives.

I believe that the human condition, in the beginning, required we be a violent species as the jungle was a place of violence yet not indiscriminate and with out purpose, i.e. food and preservation of the human race.

Today, we should have evolved beyond the need to become violent or to dominate one another. If we truly place ourselves in the present moment we don't have time for it.

Yet, we continue to practice and train for the strictly physical aspects of the martial/fighting arts with focus on dominance and violence. Just watch the tele!

If I were to dream the dream then I would never see violence in word, deep, action, or in society, ever. We would have the ability to discuss and arrive at mutual consensus as to everything that would cause the remotest possibility of conflict, dominance, etc.

Am I a dreamer? I dream I am a butterfly who thinks he is a human and I flutter about always in the present moment. So I am a dreamer!

"The epitome of a true martial/fighting artist is achieving the level of ability to cause the greatest of harm yet making the conscious decision to never be the instrument of harm!" - c. e. james

1 comment:

  1. Love your quote!

    you said here:.. "If I were to dream the dream then I would never see violence in word, deep, action, or in society, ever. We would have the ability to discuss and arrive at mutual consensus as to everything that would cause the remotest possibility of conflict, dominance, etc."

    In word! I like that first one. First it starts in our thoughts and makes its way in our words and then it makes its way in our actions. Like Buddha say...All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?

    thanks for sharing...i love your blog :-)

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