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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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I thought this subject was something worth a post even if it does not directly relate to the fighting arts. This term is used by the Mayo Clinic and it came about because of the various symptoms that I have experienced these last few years and also some symptomatic discussions I have heard at our Peets Coffee House round table, i.e. a group of us from the neighborhood sit, drink coffee, and discuss a lot of stuff.

Some of the comments were, "I sleep like sh&^!," or "I seem to be getting a bit more fat and I am losing a bit of muscle and strength cause I got to work harder to stay up to this level," and "Motivation, I have none so I don't get chores done like I use to."

Some appear to be a bit depressed or sad about this stuff but you know guys we don't admit to anything someone else might misconstrue as weakness…we gotta stay up with those young pups don't ya know. My favorite is not remembering things or losing a bit of concentration that was a hallmark of my professionalism at one time.

Yea, the Mayo says these are all part of the aging process. It can be underlying effects of medication, etc. or even alcohol use cause we all either have a drink or a few beers now and then.

Well, the Mayo also says this can be what they call, "andropause," which you are going to flip when I tell you that it is a male version of the ladies menopause.

We as martial artist/fighting artists should know about these types of things in order to say yes that is what I am dealing with or no it is something else. The important thing is this, don't hesitate to see your doctor and talk about it.

We males also go through aging related hormone changes but they are very, very different from those in women. I quote:

"The term "male menopause" is sometimes used to describe decreasing testosterone levels related to aging. In men, hormone production declines more gradually. The effects — such as changes in sexual function, energy level or mood — tend to be subtle and may go unnoticed for years.

So what's the best way to refer to so-called male menopause? Many doctors use the term "andropause" to describe aging-related hormone changes in men. Other terms for so-called male menopause include testosterone deficiency, androgen deficiency of the aging male and late-onset hypogonadism."

All this can begin and it is gradual, very gradual, from age 30 and goes beyond the seventies. If you are suffering from the various symptoms then talk to a doctor.

Let me just say this, has there ever been a time of late where you think to yourself, "Hey, why am I reacting this way? When I was 25 I would have ignored it and kicked some butt!" or something like this, well, it may be that your system is changing and causing changes in those chemicals that make our bodies and minds do things we would have never imagined as younger guys.
Recently I have experienced some unusual behavior and reactions have been also unusual.

Example: one person make a comment about me on a yahoo group posting that normally would have resulted in my laughing a bit and ignoring the post but this time I was suddenly very angry and suddenly my fingers were dancing across the keyboard and this went on for several postings until I got a hold of myself and said hey, stop this shi%!

I don't normally get ruffled but lately I can feel the steam rising. Yes, it just may be some other factor but one day not long ago the thought suddenly appeared in my mind, which I tend to listen to, and I said wait a minute, male menopause! You have got to be shitting me.

So, my last comment to bring it to the FA/MA practice not to forget self defense is this, if you find yourself in a situation where you feel like exploding on someone but really don't know why cause before you would have laughed it off, stop, think of this posting, ask yourself, and then make a good decision.

Article from Mayo

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