"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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Why the Way of Empty Hand MUST NOT BE HURRIED

In the Legge interpretation/translation of the I Ching it says, "A tree springing up on the ground is a tree as ti begins to grow. A tree on a hill is high and large. Every tree when it begins to grow, shows its branches and twigs gradually becoming long. Every morning and every evening shows some difference; and when the tree is high and great, whether it be of an ordinary or extraordinary size, it has taken years to reach its dimensions."

It also alludes to "the application and improvements … is a gradual process."

I am not anyone anywhere would consider a karate-ka of any notoriety or accomplishment but I have been practicing for a long time. This in itself is of no great accomplishment in the scheme of how this country views practice of anything. I don't have a lot of experience in truly violent encounters nor in competition but I am proficient.

So when I spout out this stuff there is no real reason why anyone should listen or accept anything I post. Why should you. But, the I Ching quote above does tell us that nothing of any note or worth is gotten quickly. All good things come to those with patience and persistence.

All karate-ka should accept it that nothing in karate-do comes quickly. It is not a means of instant gratification for that as well comes intermittently and over time. It comes one day many years down the road suddenly and spiritually. They should accept the fact that not all lessons are going to be new and exciting but most lessons/training/practice are going to be repetitive and often boring unless you decide it isn't and use the training of the brain/mind to enhance those so called boring sessions.

This also applies to the truth and the facts, it is something that takes time and patience to achieve and acquire. It also takes time, effort, patience, and persistence to bring about change in others especially when not members of the tribe.

Here end-ith this particular lesson. (Yes I am stealing from the movie)

p.s. You know, thirty-six plus years just suddenly appears like the blink of an eye. I had not fully realized just how far I traveled until one day I sat down to figure it out for a web entry, whalla, thirty-three years black belt. Do not discount what anyone might have to say simply because you don't view their credentials as valid. All information is potential knowledge regardless the source and the sources credentials.

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