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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.


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Yao Lines I Ching and Karate Do

In my studies of the I Ching I try to truly see relations between those studies to my practice in the FMA. I was researching the various interpretations of the six lines, Yao Lines, of the Hexagram. It must be noted that the line interpretations are subject to the particular hexagram being used, the diviner, the person asking the diviner, and other factors of a numerous kind.

While sitting there reviewing my notes the thought suddenly flashed in my mind and here is what I see in Karate-do Yao Lines:

Line 6: Sage
Line 5: Soke
Line 4: Sensei
Line 3: Kyosei
Line 2: Sempai
Line 1: Kohai

In general the lines mean:

Line 6: Sage, ending
Line 5: Ruler
Line 4: Minister
Line 3: Noble
Line 2: Supervisor
Line 1: Worker, beginning

although this is not all but merely an initial meaning for generalization but for the purpose of this posting it will due nicely. Line one is always the start so it seems plausible to make it the line for the Kohai or beginner/junior practitioner.

The supervisor is well related to the Sempai for Sempai is relied upon to provide initial training and guidance to kohl.

Kyosei is a student teacher so this applies to the heading of a Noble who basically provides the same type of server to the Ruler, i.e. the soke or master of the style who rules the entire system.

The soke's closest ally is the minister or in this case the Sensei. Like a Ruler's minister who "administers" the system to its people the Sensei provides this to the dojo(honbu: home dojo, shibu: branch dojo) be they directly under Soke or associated to the palace of the ruler or the honbu dojo of Soke.

Make sense?

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