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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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Briefly: The Trigrams

In understanding the "ken-po goku-i" of Isshinryu one must understand the depths from which it was born into Isshinryu and Karate so the following provides some insight into the parts that make up the whole...Trigrams.

The interpretations of the trigrams varies according to the position it holds, i.e. lower, upper, nuclear lower and nuclear upper, etc. By themselves they do have a generic meaning that is essentially independent of the position they hold in the hexagram. The family arrangement, i.e. see previous posting of the graphic showing the trigram family relationship.


The trigram, creative or Heaven, is associated with the adept who in their efforts seeks to change/shape the world. It being creative is the source of influence without regard to the intent or effect it may have.

CH'IEN, The Creative: The yang principle. The source of influence and effect. It creates something new, it changes or keeps the same what exists or it tries to terminate its existence. Symbolized by the three sons; three lesser yang trigrams: CHEN, K'AN, and KEN.

CHEN, The Arousal: Beginning. the source of the flow that creates something new.
K'AN, The Abyss: Change. The source of a flow that changes something, or resists change.
KEN, The Mountain: Ending. The source of a flow that completes or destroys something.

All of this is dependent on a point of view be it the seeker or the diviner or both. They are all intimately connected ergo the reason for a reference to the family relationship. This is why the creative is the father and the three, i.e. Ch'ien, K'an and Ken, are the three sons of the father.

K'UN, The Receptive: The yin principle. The receptivity that accepts influence. It creates a new connection leading to a recognition of the source as identifiable, provides information about the source and its influence, and give evidence of a greater whole in which the source and target are both elements. Symbolized by three daughters; three lesser yin trigrams: SUN, LI, and TUI>

SUN, The Wood or wind: Relatedness, participation, connection. the principle of interaction.
LI, The Fire, Clarity: Categorization, particularization, description. The principle of discrimination.
TUI, The Joyous: Unit, wholeness, completeness. The principle of interdependence.

The categories are subjective and also dependent on the point of view. It also relies on the illusions of the distinction of source and target, and the causality of influences. This is necessary so the seeker can receive benefit from experience or to know experience as it may be relevant to his/her seeking.

Pease, Marshall. The Aquarian I Ching. Brotherhood of Life, inc. Albuquerque, NM. 1993.

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