"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
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"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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Traditional/Classical Training/Practice

Written on this more times than can remember. Today, while reading through some of my favorite blogs I read a post by Patrick of the Mokuran Dojo blog titled, "What is Classical Judo?"

Needless to say I had a comment which you can read at his blog but while working out at lunch this flash of inspiration came to me from the subconscious most assuredly triggered by the blog posting so I thought I would post my thoughts here for your review.

Traditional/Classical = Esoteric/Exoteric

You can view the way of traditional/classical practice as exoteric or external. It can be a strict and uncompromising adherence to the exact practice of the styles creator to every single physical movement is to remain as it was taught. Kihonteki, kata, and kumite shall be done with the same techniques, exactly, and the same enbusen, exactly, and with absolutely no deviation, period. forever!

You can also view the way of traditional/classical as esoteric or internal where the outward practice is naturally adjusted for the person as a unique individual where strict adherence to form and function is only a fundamental and the practitioner is encouraged as time goes by to adjust and conform the practice/training to suit them both physically and psychologically, etc. What remains intact with out deviation is the spirit of the original master of the style.

We are all human and flawed. There is no way each and every individual can retain "exactly" the form and function of every single move taught by the styles creator. Look at the video's on Isshinryu by the original first generation practitioners, i.e. Mitchum, Advincula, Nagle, etc. You will also see deviations in all the various video/8 mm of Bushi Tatsuo Sensei as well. They all took the same lessons from Shimabuku Sensei but each and every one to the last does the kata different. Look at their students, they also do it different than their teachers.

Those aspects I would consider the important traditions or classics of a style are not physical in nature. It is like Bushi Tatsuo Sensei ken-po goku-i, chinckuchi, gamaku, body mechanics, alignments, and fundamental bunkai (not necessary to keep exact either but the concept is traditional to karate-do).

All the fundamentals that are unique to your style and come from the spirit of practice of the creator. It seems we get caught up in the belief that the kata and such "MUST REMAIN" exactly intact as to the original that we forget the true spirit of practice and training. To me tradition is learning all you can about the style, its creator, his/her customs and culture and beliefs all of which contributed to his creating the style to begin with so maybe our growth will achieve something unique and creative others will want to learn and practice and pass along to their descendants.

My sincerest thanks to Patrick Parker, Mokuren Dojo Sensei and blogger for stimulating thoughts and ideas!

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