"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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Kata Flexibility

"Without flexibility or broad training, patterns available to us can inhibit or misdirect our responses." - Dr. Michael Asken, Warrior Mindset

I spoke of this indirectly on the last posting but wanted to "emphasize" it a bit more here. It is apparent that in all things the degree of intent and involvement in the technique of practice and training makes all the difference in its benefits.

I speak of "making it work" on the dojo floor, in past teachings, because I firmly and wholeheartedly believe that kata patterns/forms are basically worthless if its practice is limited.

In many of my past postings I have tried to explain why; what is involved; in proper kata application practice. It fell mostly on deaf ears. I am sure many so-called "traditional/classical" methods, when compared to the rapid/quick fix methods, appeal to those with out patience; for those quick fix methods meet their need for instant gratification. Knowledge takes patience and time to acquire. It took me thirty plus years to get to this point and my path is many and remains open for more.

Such a shame for if one were to take the time, patience and effort to truly learn kata practice they would find it opens the door to many practical ways of self protection and self improvement. In lieu of making the bunkai and application into a complex method remain with the tried and true simple uncomplicated methods which are more beneficial.

I guess what I am trying to say is that if you don't believe in kata, as it has been explained in the past, then let the proven methods of the true warriors of military and police sources provide you the proof of the pudding.

They are out there, just follow the yellow brick road!

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