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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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The Tao of Gokui - eight

When the world follows the Tao,
Even fast horses are used to fertilize the fields.

We train the spirit-mind-body so we can achieve peace and tranquility within ourselves so that our actions with humanity meets the same. We train so that we are capable in combat yet we train so we can forge and polish ourselves so that we may act in a peaceable and tranquil manner.

We enter combat reluctantly yet with a fierceness and intent that few can overcome. We can dominate yet remain docile in non-combative situations. We strive to keep the ego dormant so that we don't behave in a manner that is less than what we can be but exude a manner that is confident and capable with out emanating an energy that provokes or tells of our warrior-hood.

We follow the Tao and the Way.

When the world rejects the Tao,
Farmland is used to breed warhorses.

When we allow our ego's to dominate our spirit and mind then we become brutes with extreme physical capabilities that are not governed by the Way. We fail to "see" and "hear" the truth of the Universe. We fail to see and hear what the Way tells us is the proper actions. Chaos is born; humanity is lost; this is sad!

No disaster is worse than being discontented.
No omen (for your future) worse than being greedy.
Yet, if you can find (true) contentment, it will last forever.

The Way of the Empty Hand, Karate Justu Do, is just one of many singular endeavors that when practiced properly with the traits of the Way then we achieve a level of contentment that neither tells us we need or we lose something for the truth is all we need is within each of us and that is peace, tranquility, and contentment. That is being the now; the present moment.

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