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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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Moon (The blood circulating is similar to the sun and moon.)

Many aspects as they come to light show the connectivity that Bushi Tatsuo Sensei used when he developed his style of Isshinryu karate-do. The more I find the more I am amazed with what he achieved but am disappointed that in our eagerness to become physical that most of us have glossed over or completely missed his true goal for teaching and practicing the fighting art he created.

In the second precept of the ken-po goku-i the I Ching provides more on the reference to the "moon."

K'an in the I Ching represents water, rain, danger, abysmal, pig-ear, and hand. Its element is water and it deals with spiritual cleansing. In man's world it represents the "heart," the soul locked up within the body, the principle of light enclosed in the dark - that is, "reason."

It also represents the recent past and the present when interpreted for divination purposes. It tells us to act with persistence, to successfully overcome difficulties and hardships. It refers to a persistent individual who overcomes; has high ideals; is a benefit to all things; to teach others; to increase their own knowledge.

The moon as seen within the symbol and character representing K'an when followed leads to calm; leads to a peaceful place.

Harry Frankfurt wrote, "Becoming wholehearted, a state not unlike stoic resoluteness." It is to eliminate conflicts in which one physical process interferes with others and undermines equilibrium in which health consists." - The Stoic Warrior author.

Wholehearted is to seek to overcome or to supersede a condition of inner division and make the self into an integrated whole. Fight it as an enemy, banish it, resist all alliances with it. Build gates to keep from entering.


The depth and breadth Bushi Tatsuo Sensei went to achieve this level of enlightenment is astonishing or if you are of this mind then maybe he was just lucky and these connections are just the stories we tell ourselves to make what sometimes is a mundane practice into something much more much like those who "see" secrets in practice.

Look within, see the truth, stop the stories and allow Tao to provide for us. Seek knowledge, true and accurate knowledge, or only the facts.

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