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
"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.
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.
Three, 3, Tri and Unity
Think of it, a third leg makes a good tripod and it becomes stable and you can not braid hair with out the third stand(s) of hair. Sensei can be the third point creating a balance between sempai and kohai in the dojo.
Take a look at the various "three's" in the world and you will be amazed and maybe see the connections of three in our practice. Didn't Bushi Tatsuo Sensei develop Isshinryu from three different styles? Maybe that is why Isshinryu is so stable and continues with out Sensei so well. Isn't there three stars in the sky of the me-gami?
An example that will help explain the importance of three in the Universe, "If you draw a line and then use "phi" to divide the line so that the ration of the lessor part to the greater part is the same as the ratio of the greater part to the whole. No other proportion behaves so elegantly around unity. "
When you practice kata do we have groups of three in each section? If you understand and know of Bushi Tatsuo Sensei you know he was religious or spiritual and studied the classics not to forget his fortune telling capabilities then seeing a number three in his system will be logical.
When you study the I Ching you will find the number 6 and 9 have significance and guess what? Six and Nine are divisible by "3!"
Other aspect to consider:
"The diameters of the Earth and Moon (7920 miles and 2160 miles) are in the ratio of 11 to 3."
"Nine or the horizon: In traditional worldwide number lore, nine, or thrice three, was referred to as “the horizon” symbolizing the ultimate, the maximum, “the whole nine yards”."
Take a look at one of the leading practitioners of Isshinryu in the United States and his teachings. He uses the number three, i.e. The 3P's, 3R's, 3K's,3L's and the 3-8's. [practice-practice-practice;repetition-repetition-repetition; kihonteki-kata-kumite;look-listen-learn; and 8 codes of the kenpo gokui; the 8 empty hand kata; and the 8 kobudo kata]. Lets not forget the "A,B,C's" or Attitude, Basics, Confidence!
Oh yea, the square root of "3" is found in the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms! Lets not forget that one of the forms of divination in I Ching is the use of "three" coins.
Lundy, Miranda. Sacred Geometry. Walter Publishing Company New York. 2007
Schneider, Michael. Constructing the Universe. http://www.constructingtheuniverse.com/. 2010.
Advincula, A.J. Isshinkai Yahoo Group. http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/isshinkaiKarate/. 2010