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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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Simplicity (Asian) vs. Complexity (Western)

We strive to achieve a level of proficiency in Asian Fighting Arts, specifically Okinawan for Isshinryu, by assimilating the esoteric of that study, i.e. Zen, etc. which advocates simplicity while at the same time we take that simplicity and convert it into a complexity of issues, idea's and views. Why is that?

Well, first if you compare Asian to Western you find "opposites." For instance, we Americans cut with a knife on the push stroke as we push the blade away from us and into the object. The Asians cut on the pull stroke as they pull toward their center and into the object.

I wish I knew the "why" our minds in Western culture is "totally the opposite" of that of say Okinawan's or Japanese, etc. but that is something I have a feeling deals with the culture, customs, and beliefs of our separate environments.

Take not that the differences begin as to our locations. We are absolutely on opposite sides of the Earth. If we look at the Tai Chi symbol and superimpose it over the earth we might find that the Yang and Yin are covering their respective area's of Asia and America, etc., close anyway. Maybe this is so because the world needs those opposites to balance itself out, i.e. I Ching and Yang-Yin, etc.

Then we must ask the question, can we truly and fully understand the Asian view of the fighting arts? If not, can a fundamental understanding that influences our own and unique view/practice of the fighting arts be beneficial to our way?

An important aspect of our studies, i.e. the mental training necessary as fundamentals, must take into consideration that what we may think as we study could be perceptively the opposite of what we should be thinking. Maybe when we "think" we understand aspects of Asian practices and training that we should flip that thought over to its exact opposite before we assume our thought or view is correct or incorrect.

Even if this is not true it is a means of open thought that could lead to a better understanding of our practice and life. Maybe this is a fundamental process of mental training that truly will teach us to think like the other guy if that is even possible with out a personally experienced view that the mind can access. If you believe in something much greater such as Tao then maybe it opens a door that allows you to change the mind/brain so it can understand the opposite views of the Asian mind.

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