"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
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


"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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Learn about Others

"One should gather friends around, as a hair clasp hold together hair, and care about others." I-Ching

Tatsuo Sensei said, "We must understand each other. Learn about each other, our cultures, and our religions."

"By understanding we create a better chance of getting along."

"Heaven and Earth are a part of the Universe, human beings must be 'one' with the Universe."

"Be flexible as needed."

"Be 'one' with the Universe (Heaven and Earth) and get along with our fellow man. Learn their cultures and religion. Learn all things so we may get along."

"Even if we cannot promote friendship between Okinawa and America through karate, my true hope is that if karate becomes popular in the U.S.A. and Hawaii, then Okinawa would also become more well understood."


A few of Tatsuo Sensei first generation students discovered the depth at which Sensei wanted practitioners to achieve through the study of the gokui and other ancient ways from the conversations they had and the above quotes come from those conversations.

This was also taught through Cisco Sensei as Tatsuo Sensei Dojo Kyosei/Sempai/Sensei. Tho his quotes only focus on a narrow aspect it should be understood that the study of the dojo kun and especially the kenpo gokui is only restricted in its interpretation by the practitioner. As we study and practice the hopes are that we will "see" more than what shows on the surface.

If we just practiced the path indicated by Tatsuo Sensei we would benefit greatly. As told through the study of the I-Ching we gather among friends. One very important aspect of this is the tendency of many to close the door to that group thus limiting the benefits to that single group. To create a clique is not the true spirit of the practice of the gokui.

It is a slippery slope to study such things for the ego can silently push us toward this clique when we should remain open to all.

This is not saying that to have circle of friends with like spirits but to not close the door to many others simply because they may feel and believe in other paths.

The true spirit of "Gokui no Mokuso" is to meditate on all things to understand and through understanding accept everyone for their spirit. As Tatsuo Sensei meant we must "care about others"; "understand each other"; Learn about each other with no perceived concepts or ideologies; learn about all cultures and religions which teaches us about the person; and thus learn to get along "regardless!"

Gokui no Mokuso!

1 comment:

  1. So true. We not only learn and get along better but find joy in one another. We are one people in the one universe. Thanks :)

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