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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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In Search of Kenpo gokui

I have studied all that I can find on the "kenpo gokui" that is possible via the Internet. I have also viewed and/or read books on the subject of which there are very, very few; especially in regards to Isshinryu. What I have discovered is dismal and to tell the truth even at the most complete place, a yahoo group dedicated to Isshinryu and Tatsuo, there is very little on it that is not cryptic and short.

Here is what I could find on the Internet with the only link that provides more than just the exact wording of the eight precepts, i.e. the ken-po goku-i blog site.

MSIsshinryu: http://www.msisshinryu.com/gokui/

IsshinKai: http://www.isshinkai.net/history05-kempogokui.html

Ken-po Goku-i Blog: http://www.isshinkai.net/history05-kempogokui.html

Hope Yama Dojo: http://www3.telus.net/hopeyamadojo/codes.htm

Kenpo gokui Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=321963387917&topic=12840

WholeHeartedNews: http://www.wholeheartednews.com/kenp-gokui/

Isshinryu.org: http://isshinryu.org/?page_id=49

Isshinryu Karate Klub of Troy: http://isshinryu.union.rpi.edu/8codes.html

Jersey Karate: http://www.jerseykarate.com/isshinryu_karate.htm

No one, not a one (blog excluded), provides any guidance as to the meaning/meanings behind the eight "tomes" of the gokui. It has been preached in some circles as the key to the practice of Isshinryu karate-DO but nadda darn thing is provided in that vain.

One book was written and upon close scrutiny it turned out to be a book of ego trips and egoistic advice on such mundane subjects as tournaments but nothing on the philosophical aspects or even the symbolism represented in aspects of the Isshinryu-no-megami (some call the MizuGami).

Why is this? I can "guess" that it is because no one truly wants to discover the underlying belief system that Tatsuo incorporated into his system through his in-depth knowledge of the ancient classics, etc. We are all to busy stroking our ego's and getting as many accolades, recognitions, ranks, trophies, etc. and find no apparent value in it other than Tatsuo said it was important.

If it is important, I believe it is, then why has no one in America actually endeavored to provide information on this important subject. There is a lot of lip service but where is the guidance from all these so-called first generation students; these old and self-proclaimed "masters" of Isshinryu?

If you know, know anything, are willing to pass along what you know, then make a comment, put in your mail address and I will contact you off line to hear what you have to teach me.

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