"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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The Subtleties of Self-Defense

I always felt that I had a good handle on knowledge and use of Self Defense until I read both "Meditations on Violence" and "The Gift of Fear." I also was led to the below links on the Internet which really opened my eyes to the true meaning of self-defense.

I am also now painfully aware of the legal ramifications to any action I might take in defending myself if attacked.

Let me stress that what I was taught and what I taught do not fill the bill for self-defense. I am here to correct that and to make sure anyone who reads my stuff is taught that self-defense is a complex issue and anyone who desires to protect themselves from violence, etc. MUST LEARN the ENTIRE spectrum of self-defense.

I also must say emphatically that when you read the books above you MUST REMEMBER that you can not gloss over the facts as to the perspective of the author. You might be inclined to miss aspects of their prose because something they say inspires you and causes you to MISS the context will get you into trouble.

What I am saying is never lose site as to the perspective of the author. You might misunderstand by not remembering that the author is a peace officer, prison guard, military, etc. so the law as to force and self-defense my be skewed in your mind and from your perspective.

So, read those books and within those pages the below links are provided and you should go to them and learn what "real" self-defense is and the many subtleties are as to what constitutes SD and ASSAULT, etc.

If you are a Martial Arts Sensei and teach Self-Defense DO NOT ASSUME YOU WERE TAUGHT CORRECTLY OR KNOW ALL YOU "NEED" TO KNOW to prevent crossing that line or as one blog post says, "It doesn't go in the wheelbarrow."

Here are recommended sites on Self-defense for your REQUIRED reading pleasure:

What is self-defense? and Good Self-defense.

These two links have several links within each post for further review. I suggest reading them all.

Notice on the left, "In This Hub:," the topics are excellent.

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