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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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Exploring Levels of the Kenpo Gokui

We sometimes take things literally. Kata for example was thought to be a continuous fight from beginning to end. Some felt this was restrictive so gave up kata in lieu of short combination's to fight. It become apparent much later and to a few dedicated kata practitioners that to think in such a limited way closed kata to a short range of benefit.

It became apparent to those that one must look at kata from many angles. Singularly, Combination's, and Continuous but not restrict this to the basic form of the kata. We learn this from the study of the Kenpo Gokui and thus the I-Ching, etc.

How? If we take apart the gokui, i.e. Heaven, Earth, and Humanity (persons heart) we see that it is shown in three parts representing the upper (Heaven), lower (Earth), and central-middle (humanity; humans; persons, etc). When we practice our art we divide our bodies into three sections, i.e. jodan (upper), chudan (middle), and gedan (lower).

A bit from the I-Ching, "The yang element at the bottom (lower) is firm and strong and has the potential to help others." which if you look closely this particular reference that comes through out the I-Ching and is hinted at in the Kenpo Gokui refers to having a strong and firm foundation. The kenpo gokui hints at this by referring to unbalance as a weight; body changing directions, and hard and/or soft (the tomes light the way to the I-Ching and they light the path to more).

The I-Ching also divides its interpretations of the hexagrams into "three" parts as well, i.e. lower, central, and upper. The Heavens are above us while the Earth is below us and we connect the two with our feet firmly touching the Earth and our heads/minds reaching to the stars or Heavens above us.

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