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"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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Pangs of Regret

Do you sometimes feel that if you don't practice/train physically on any particular day that you are neglecting the "Way?"

The Goju Dojo Kun says, "Practice daily and protect traditional karate" and Grasshopper interprets the kanji she was provided by Higaonna Sensei as, "Through disciplined daily training, strive to carefully protect/guard traditional karate."

Isshinryu dojo kun is a bit more forgiving, "Devote one’s mental concentration and practice sincerely during the course of training."

Today I just felt like I need a break for both my mind and body were "Tired." Normally I just ignore it and go about training but on occasion I just have to break away. When I do I have a few pangs of regret like I am going to miss out on something; a big break in my studies and training. In this I wait a few minutes and move forward.

In reality I firmly believe we must find balance in all things which is what we can derive from the study of the dojo kun, the kenpo gokui, and many other ancient texts. The body needs movement and work to remain healthy yet at the same time it needs to reach to the opposite where the body has time to recoup, regenerate, grow, and to become more. It can only be done with a modicum of temperance in training.

Simply avoid excesses in all things. Allow for the natural evolution of all things which includes your mind and body. There is an excess of training; an excess of not training; one must find that medium where you attain maximum benefit from what you do in life.

Take the time to recharge; allow your body to talk to you and know when to train and when not to train.

Temper; to temper the mind-body-spirit; temperance or the trait of avoiding excesses; to temper training and practice or temperance; to moderate or moderation...many different ways with the same result, much like the many "Way's" of Te, they all have the same path just different ways to follow it. All this is to be tempered with a modicum of temperance.

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