"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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Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean

I have not been neglecting this blog but have been focused on the Analects of Confucius. It is apparent that all the ancient classics have been influenced by the I Ching in one form or the other.

I would also say that the Analects have been greatly influenced by the Tao Te Ching which I believe was strongly influenced by the I Ching.

This, in my humble opinion, puts Bushi Tatsuo Sensei into a bright light along side these great life luminaries. His style as well as his inference of the ken-po goku-i have strong connections to the I Ching and many other Chinese classics.

This seems plausible simply because Okinawa history is strongly influenced by their association with the Chinese. Even today the Chinese influences are stronger than Japanese simply because the Okinawan's have such a strong "family type" connection.

It is becoming more apparent every day of my studies and practice of Bushi Tatsuo's deep understanding of the yang-yin of life and he was wise in his incorporation of it into his unique "singular [one; whole-heart]" form of practice that when coupled with this esoteric connection creates a full and robust system of practice called Isshinryu.

It is such a shame that so many are blinded by the ego and have "missed" this aspect which would take them even further than the ego self-esteem driven commercialized versions we have today.

Then again, with the nature of mankind, my way would not be sought after so it remains in the hands of the very few.

My only wish would be to have realized this much earlier in life as it has and will have a profound and positive effect on my life and with those that I have in it.

Confucius' Analects have so many wise quotations that when taken out of the specific contextual topic apply to every day life. It along with the I Ching and the Ken-po Goku-i lead the Isshinryu practitioner to a better place whether it be in the dojo, at home, at work, or anywhere.

Knowledge is truly power yet exceptional power in life comes from knowledge, understanding and its application to life [3?].

Note: three (3) is significantly present through out all the Classics, see for yourself.

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