"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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The Way

A moral course and a means ...
I Ching; Tao-te-Ching; Ken-po Goku-i; Texts of Taoism; Go-rin-no-sho; Art of War; The Analects; Chinese Book of Life; Chinese Astrology; and many many other ancient classics one uses to achieve the "Way!"

The Way which in Japanese is "michi" which means a way, a road, a street, a path, a lane, an alley, a route, a course, a moral principle and a means. To follow a path as a moral endeavor is to follow some pathway even if it does not have a literal meaning of following a route on a highway or road. Tho this character does indicate that literal meaning the one we as FA/MA practitioners use is to follow a course, a moral principle is involved, and the means by which we do this is the singular practice of the FA/MA.

All the classics I mention all have the same thread throughout of a moral guide to a sage like living of life. They  mention a singular form whereby one promotes a way of living that meets the natural way of the Universe; by the Universe's natural laws which like the laws of physics are non-negotiable and unchangeable; the type of laws which we live with but choose as to its goodness or not-goodness, the law of opposites, the law of duality, the law of Yang-Yin, etc.

No matter which classics are studied the theme through out is the same but the message is conveyed as an individualized viewpoint of either a person or a group. Much like the variety of FA/MA systems we have today even though at their core they all are the same, i.e. striking, kicking, etc. Divergence occurs at the mental levels and those mental perceptions and translations provide the different systems.

I have posted on traditions and classical practice of FA/MA and if I am to understand the mental part these differences in systems is natural and traditional to all the past masters. Change is inevitable because of the human condition but the spirit core of life is the same for all of us even if our expressions seem "different" on the outside. The inner life is all the same; the outer life differs due to individualized expression.

All bottles are good, they all serve a purpose! - Shimabuku, Tatsuo Sensei

To truly see and hear  one must be open and those who trained under the watchful eye of Tatsuo could not truly see or hear him for if they did they would not promote the dogmatic adherence to his demonstrations of old man kata on the 8mm films of the sixties, etc. The doctrine of having to show you practice and know his way of doing Isshinryu as interpreted by Americans who failed to "see and hear" his truth throughout the classical/traditional way of FA/MA are stuck in that rut stifling the growth potential of the practitioner and thus the spirit of Tatsuo's Isshinryu.

In my opinion the No. 1 trait of Isshinryu is its founders desire we not remain stagnate in his original beginnings but to see and hear his message of practice and training he demonstrated through out his teaching years. Forget the vertical fist, the double bone/muscle block, the short stances, etc and remember his spirit of Isshinryu teachings, practice and training.

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