"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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Mind Training Technique

Self talk, that is it. What you say to yourself and how you say it affects your body and the body's performance in all we do physically. How your mind approaches every single thing you do, say, hear, speak, listen, etc. either makes or breaks your ability to do everything and nowhere else is this evident than in the practice of karate-do.

Self talk is how you program your mind and your attitudes to achieve strength of will, strength of purpose, strength of heart and should. The words you speak to yourself can create greatness within or it can lessen you. Within us all is the capability to achieve strength and bravery, to grow, to achieve and what we say to ourselves can determine just how much and to what degree of achievement is possible.

When speaking to yourself the words and the phrases you say must be positive and reaffirming to enhance your self and the actions of the self. Your body will always follow your mind and what your mind says and believes dictates your physical actions and reactions.

Take conscious control of what you say and think from the moment you awake to the moment you sleep. Even then, before sleeps use your mind, self talk, and imagery to program your dream state to achieve positive outcomes in your dreams. Dreams influence your mental and physical stability.

How you can build and develop mind training technique is to take conscious actions in training and practice. You arrive at the facility and take a moment to meditate and build your visual and mental strategies for practice while you dress and clear out the days events. Those moments when not actually training or practicing you use your self talk to review and revise your actions in the hall and recognize those steps necessary to achieve a more positive outcome.

You use karate-do to achieve a present moment mind where positive outcomes are the norm. This is how one begins to achieve and understand the art of training the mind through mind training techniques.

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