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"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

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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.

Master Zeng said, "Am I preaching what I have not practiced myself?"

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Once again it appears to me that I may be banging my head against the wall. Maybe I am totally out of touch with today's "Martial Arts," what ever that is truly.

I question myself continually and the question for me today is, "why bother, very few actually listen and they very seldom go outside their own personal belief system?" (Even if you are lucky enough to be right) After all, it is not a matter of getting fees/paid, etc. I get nothing as to remuneration by posting my meandering thoughts.

It seems that in today's world of Karate that any posting done is just a venue for someone else who feels they know better to refute what you say and inset their own belief system in its place.

I seem to fall into this category. Is it because I am trying to teach or convey knowledge or am I just "refuting someone else's belief system?"

I was sitting in a meeting yesterday and the person acting as the project lead wanted some data. When I said I already had it and passed it along verbally they acted as if I said nothing and started to justify their need for me to do the work once again so I sat there getting kind of steamed when I realized I was falling into the monkey dance so I told myself, "Just do the data and send it to them and stop turning it into drama. There is no reason not to just submit a simple email to all parties, get the response, and forward to the lead. So shut the f%$# up and do it."

I then just said, I will send them the mail for the data and let you know when its done. They said ok and that was that so I just allowed them to continue with their belief system and put the matter away.

What has this to do with this post, it is just that sometimes I feel that it may be "rude" of me to assume that my posting and my efforts are even wanted. I read once that in the dojo it is incorrect/rude/inappropriate to assume you as a practitioner should be providing instruction to others especially when they don't ask for it. It is extremely rude so if that is true they why do I go to the trouble of posting my thoughts and idea's on karate to a blog.

No one asked me to, no one requested I correct their way of practice. If anyone wanted to hear what I had to say they would ask wouldn't they?

I learn new stuff almost every day. I take it in, evaluate it, make sure it is valid at least to me, then I assimilate it into training and practice to make sure it is valid, that it works. So, this is what I do and who asked me to provide it to the world on the blog? No one.

Is this just my ego feeding me to make me feel superior or knowledgeable, etc. ? I am getting that sneaky feeling this is true and maybe it is time for me to Kick that Mo$#@#F*(^%$# butt and let it go. It will not change my attitude or my practice and training. It has taken me to this point and I expect it will go further but I am not sure I should be teaching anyone who has not "asked" for my instruction and/or postings.

Something I need to contemplate and make a decision.

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