"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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Critical Point

A very critical point in the study of the Ancient Classics, as well as our practice of the FA/MA, is the parallel cultural phenomena in East and West which are "mirror images" of each other. This was first discovered when the Early Heaven sequence was discovered to be a direct mirror image of the "Leibniz Binary system." The early heaven sequence was created by Shao Yung centuries earlier and when Leibniz got a hold of it from Jesuit's he discovered this truth.

We all should know that the binary system is a system of "1's" and "0's" and this system permeates the very core of our lives today, computer binary language from which all electronic and computer systems run.

The key to this system for Leibniz was number; to Shao Ying, it was the hexagram. This is redacted from the Wilhelm lecture titled, "The Later History of the Book of Changes."

What this means to us who practice an Asian art form such as karate we should always keep in our minds that our interpretations of this will in all likelihood be the opposite of what is actually meant.

Our perspective is of a Westerner and as proven here as well in the I Ching and the Isshinryu Ken-po Goku-i we should first understand it from their view, not ours, for ours is directly opposed to theirs.

Keep this in mind when studying the classics, studying the ken-po goku-i, Asian philosophies, and our own practice of the arts. That is if we truly wish to learn the Asian/Okinawan Art of Isshinryu!

p.s. Bushi Tatsuo Sensei asked of us to just take the time to learn about Okinawa, Okinawan people, and their lives and customs to better understand and learn.

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