"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
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

"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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Tatsu (Dragon)

The dragon plays an important role in the I Ching, the Ken-po goku-i, Isshinryu and to Bushi Tatsuo Sensei. We in this country, the west so to speak, see the dragon from a totally opposite perspective. Some who study the ken-po goju-i and Isshinryu in the spirit of Sensei already know that the Asians, Chinese and Okinawans, see the dragon as something totally different.

The dragons, unlike in the west, are known to have the following traits/attributes:

1. Highly charged energy source.
2. Associated with wisdom, justice, proper conduct, and success.
3. Symbolize dynamic and arousing forces within.
4. Genius of strength and goodness.
5. Spirit of change and life itself.
6. The claws are seen as forks of lightening.
7. The green scales are seen as the glistening of rain and wind swept pine trees.
8. Their voices are heard as thunder.
9. The trigram "Chen," arousing and thunder, carries the attribute of a dragon.

We in Isshinryu see the depiction of Tatsu in the symbol of Isshinryu, the Isshinryu-no-megami.

If we have studied the ken-po goju-i and connected the meaning of the symbol to it we already know that it has a good deal of meaning to those who are seeing it as it was meant to be seen.

We already know that the energy source of our style is in the practice of "sanchin." We know that Bushi Tatsuo Sensei exemplified the traits of wisdom, justice, proper conduct, and success. After all he studied deeply the ancient classics used in his endeavor to be a supreme sumuchi. He demonstrated to the first generation students who knew him well is actions toward justice in life and the proper conduct one should demonstrate daily. His success, well there is Isshinryu don't ya know!

If you read through the traits and attributes you can see that all of them were a part of Bushi Tatsuo Sensei and his greatest effort and hope was to instill that same set in all of the persons who came to him to learn the fighting art of Okinawa, Isshinryu.

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