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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.


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Kenpo Gokui and Complexity?

It occurred to me that there is a possibility that the depth I am giving to my interpretation of the kenpo gokui may be more than it actually is. There is a possibility that Bushi Tatsuo Sensei meant it to be specific to the practice of Isshinryu where the focus is on form, body dynamics, applications.

Maybe because he never truly provided the guidance in that no one really understands and must then go with their own as to its meaning. In the end maybe that is what he wanted, i.e. to make us think. Then again maybe I am jumping into more than what really exists.

You can make connections between almost anything and it can make sense. Look at the books, fiction, that use symbolism/symbols to sell, i.e. Dan Brown's books "Lost Symbols" and " and "The DaVinci Code." You could almost believe that all he spoke of in his books was real simply because he made those same connections.

If he actually wanted us to think then maybe he wanted it to be unique and real for each of us. After all if he had laid it out word for word in a document then most would take that as the bible of its interpretation and then neglect the possibilities or not think outside that box.

How many today take it as gospel that the kata and such are to be kept "exactly" as Bushi Tatsuo Sensei taught with out deviation. Now I agree with this in part only in that we must teach new practitioners the core but we must then allow practitioners to go beyond the fundamentals.

This also appears in the so called "secret" techniques supposedly "hidden" in the techniques/kata. Really, after all my understanding of Okinawa Karate taught by the Masters, i.e. Miyagi Sensei, etc. is they taught everything they knew and the practitioner had to stay the distance to learn it all while those who quit early missed out. Maybe this secret thing is just a sales gimmick or maybe it is something to use to make the "group" or "band" feel special.

One statement I do believe Bushi Tatsuo Sensei said and has been verified from a variety of sources on Okinawa is that he wanted us all to learn about one another and understand the cultures, etc. so we could all live in peace and harmony. Well, isn't this secret stuff along with "only my special students" can learn these aspects of Isshinryu so if you are not one of "us" then you are one of "them" and can not "see" my secrets. So special now aren't we?

Did he actually want us to learn that only a select group or band can learn all that he meant all of us to learn so you got to be special to learn it? I can only say that in my research and studies I have found nothing that says life is a secret, living life is a secret, or we are meant to be in special us type groups with all else in a them type group. Think Segregation, is this what is meant in the ancient classics?

It has been proven/verified that Bushi Tatsuo Sensei was a spiritual person who studied the classics and that he practiced sumuchi or fortune telling. If he believe in buddhist doctrine, the I Ching, the Bubushi, etc. then would he teach us to create a special group within his system and then exclude those who do not meet "our" requirements/standards, etc.?

Questions, questions, questions…maybe that is what Bushi Tatsuo Sensei was trying to convey to his practitioners who stayed the distance, ask yourself questions and then find the answers but be truthful to yourself and correct those errors and omissions to get it "right!"

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