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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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"...overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors..."

"The act or habit of arrogating, or making undue claims in an overbearing manner; that species of pride which consists in exorbitant claims of rank, dignity, estimation, or power, or which exalts the worth or importance of the person to an undue degree; proud contempt of others; lordliness; haughtiness; self-assumption; presumption. Closely related to the act of arrogating."

How does this apply to either kara-te-justu-do and/or kenpo gokui. Let me provide a quote from Tatsuo Sensei, "When humans are arrogant there will always be fights."

I will be the first one to speak up on this, "When I began training to fight it was just that, so I could fight and kick a$$!" Growing up I was picked on a lot...(heard this one before have we)...so I began to take on those particulars that would allow me to avoid being the object of someone else's lack of self-esteem.

I began with body building. I developed size and strength that put me physically above almost everyone in High School. Then I took up boxing. I also took up judo and finally took up various forms of empty hand with a final choice of "Isshinryu" on Okinawa.

I kept on using that as my excuse until I reached a point where I no longer desired to just have the ability to "kick a$$". I liked karate so what was I to do and that is where I finally opened my mind to all the real possibilities of the "Way" through a singular form of practice.

Anyway, back to arrogance. We can see that many of us chose to take up the exotic art of karate because of our need to dominate and receive recognition of any kind by rank, power, and our own idea of self-worth and/or importance. In the end we were trying to either dominate others into seeing us as all powerful or intimidating for the same reasons. Some of us wanted to achieve warrior-hood but there was always an underlying theme of arrogance, etc.

Is this the only and ultimate reason for learning and practicing such things? In my last thought I find that my final goals in my practice were twofold. One is to be a better person and contribute to humanity in one form or another and second to become a "true warrior". One who when left no other choice can fight for his/her fellow humans, society, and the Universe itself. For everything that is good about us.

We shall make the sacrifices necessary for the whole, the one, humanity, nature. This encompasses a lot and it is a difficult path to follow. If nothing else you should be able to say, "I am trying!"

Tatsuo Sensei did teach Marines for the combative and sportive aspects yet for those who chose to remain longer he introduced the gokui of Isshinryu with the hopes that we would transcend the arrogant manner of achieving dominance over others for the mere accoutrements of ranking, belt colors, trophies, and the accolades of others merely to inflate and stroke our ego's.

Shall we try?

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