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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 - ten

When alive, the body is supple, yielding.

The manner of drinking is soft. To achieve a level of ability where we can bend with the forces of nature and spring back with readiness. We can become like the bamboo weighted down in heavy snow where we bend to its will until we touch the ground (achieve proper response) release the weight of the snow and spring back to our full potential with mind-no-mind, i.e. not being effected emotionally or mentally.
In death, the body becomes hard, unyielding.

The manner of spitting is hard. When circumstances take us beyond a point of no return then the bamboo stalk strikes effectively and first. The strength of bamboo, which is hollow, empty, or void, has an exterior that is hard with the flexibility that creates power and strength in striking first. This is the last resort!

Living plants are flexible,
In death, they become dry and brittle.

To practice the way of the empty hand is to be both hard and soft, balanced, and of such ability that we see and hear everything the Tao has to offer. We forge a spirit, mind, and body that is balanced allowing for free flow of life's energies bring health and long life.

When we fail in this we become unbalanced and the body dries up and dies. We must train properly in the Way to achieve this.

Therefore, stubborn people are disciples of death, but
Flexible people are disciples of life.

To achieve "heart"; to be like the Universe (Heaven and Earth); to practice with whole heartedness is to achieve the Way. Open your heart and you open your mind and body to the possibilities. Conquer the ego and you can "see" and "hear" what the Tao has to offer. It will take you places never dreamed of in life; let go and achieve much.

In the same way,
Inflexible soldiers cannot win (a victory).
And the hardest trees are readiest for an axe to chop them down
Tough guys sink to the bottom, while
Flexible people rise to the top.

Following the way is best. To follow the ego means we discard the true way and follow the path to trophies, belts, accolades, and such things that make us "hard". The remaining hard means we truly tax the spirit-mind-body taking us away from balance that stresses it to the point where disease destroys.

Those who take this path never reach great achievements in the Way and the Tao but in short time succumb to the fires of the ego resulting in death. Why do you think some quit when they can no longer achieve the ego's desires?

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