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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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The Amazing Bushi Tatsuo Shimabuku Sensei and his Isshinryu

I say amazing because the time I have spent, especially in the last several years, interpreting the "ken-po goku-i" along side its source the "I Ching" I have found that from my perspective this man didn't just take the kata from a couple of styles, throw them together, make some minor changes, and then pronounce he is the master of a fledgling style of karate-do.

I have found so many connections and threads that permeate the style coming from the ancient classics and studies of the stars, numbers, and sumuchi or fortune telling that were consulted bringing into this amazing creation the many layers that go way beyond the mere physical most practice today.

Pardon my inability to express my self adequately and you may see flaws in my posting but the sense and spirit is to say that if you look beyond the surface of Isshinryu and if you look past the stories of Shimabuku and see deeper into his spirit you will see so much more and it is like, to me anyway, seeing something that causes you to take a sharp inhale and feel a giddy feeling that you finally see something that was previously hidden from you but still in plain sight.

Isshinryu is in plain sight but how many take the time to "see" the spirit within. How may take the time to feel the spirit of Bushi Tatsuo Sensei as he spent his life putting his heart, mind, and body into his creation but as a true sumuchi he didn't bluntly put it out there but put it just below the surface for everyone who has the spirit to see.

When you do see the next layer you then open yourself more and thus see, hear, feel, sense more because he, from my perspective, layered his style so you could peel it back like you would a good onion, layer by layer revealing the next and so on.

Bushi Tatsuo Sensei was absolutely amazing and his Isshinryu shows it to all who would open their eyes to "See!"

Kampai Sensei Shimabuku!

Note: This is as it should be, my feelings, my spirit, and my interpretation of kenpo gokui. It was meant to be a personal thing.

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