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
"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.
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.
Isshinryu and Number Three (3)
Is shin ryu (one - heart - school)
K's (kihon - kata - kumite) or the triad of Isshinryu Karate-jutsu-do.
P's (practice - practice - practice) or proficiency is in the practice of something
R's (repetition - repetition - repetition) or proficiency is in the repetitive practice of something
L's (eyes - ears - knowledge; look - listen - knowledge)
A's - B's - C's (attitude - basics - confidence); proper attitude understands the necessity of performing basics which builds both confidence and proficiency through repetitive practice.
K's (karate - kobudo - kenpo gokui) To achieve balance in the way requires the study of the art coupled with the gokui, i.e. spiritual + physical.
Heaven | Earth | Humanity
I-Ching | Gokui | Bubishi
Gokui Kenpo |Gokui |Isshinryu-no-gokui
Kihon | Kata | Kumite
Body | Mind | Spirit
Strength | Speed | Technique
Serenity | Tranquility | Humility
Shorinryu | Gojuryu | Isshinryu
Shorinryu | Gojuryu | Kobudo
Morality | Civility | Honor
Humanity | Justice | Courtesy
Intent | Restraint | Action
Energy | Ki | Void
Numerology equates understanding of the Tao. The Tao expresses our lives in binary, 0's and 1's, which together bring about all things that come from the Tao, the "one". The most elemental energy of the Universe that provides us the "Ki" through practice - continuity - intent. 1 is energy while 0 is void; void holds energy and energy can not exist with out the void.
Action is balanced out by intent and restraint. Justice is the fulcrum of courtesy and humanity. Civility is brought about by having honor and morality. Isshinryu was born of goju and shorin. Perfection in technique comes from equality in strength and speed. Spirit is forged by the mind and body working wholeheartedly. Kihon sets the foundation on kata and kumite. The gokui is the entry point in defining the living I-Ching and Bubishi.
Humanity can not exist with out heaven and earth which reside in void while the void holds the Universe.
To know the "3", to study the "3", to practice the "3", is to bring the three from their separateness into "one".
Ki is energy and void. Ki can not exist with out energy and energy can not exist with out the void. To join the three is the Tao, the "one"; for all things are "one"!