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"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.

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Blood Circulates Sun Moon

In my journey to understand all the underlying aspects of the physical through the practice of the singular called "karate-do" I have studied the ken-po goku-i which states in general, "The blood circulating is similar to the sun and moon. In the journey I have discovered many links, connections, that took me to the academic study of the source, India Yoga.

In reference to the "Sun" It states that the sun radiates heat which evaporates water. The vapor becomes clouds from which rain falls to the "earth." Man tills the earth and produces food which, when consumed, creates the energy that maintains vigor. Vigor engenders discipline, which develops the faith that gives knowledge; knowledge bestows learning, which brings composure and creates calmness; calmness establishes equanimity, which develops memory that induces recognition; recognition brings judgment, which leads to the realization of the "Self".

If we remain open to connections that could possible bring more meaning to our practice and to our lives then such connections are positive and beneficial. In this quote I connect to the first and second line of the ken-po goku-i, i.e. "The person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth" and "The blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon."

How does this apply to karate-do or any other endeavor that leads or guides us to openness and better life practices? In the physical practice of the body through  the actions of the mind we must endeavor to create a body that is complete and at its peak which requires us to feed the body the fuels necessary to accomplish this goal. Food or fuel comes from "the breathe," "food," and "knowledge" which promotes health which is physical fitness which also influences the mind through the many systems of the body connected to the bodily functioning and vice versa.

The body follows the mind and the mind is influenced by the actions of the body. You decide in your mind what and how you will care and maintain your body and your body reciprocates accordingly in its influences to the mind.

Something to think about, yes?

Note: Sun provide energy by the light spectrum it sense us on Earth. The sun also provides heat which as the quote says influences the myriad things of the Earth where it provides sustenance to all life. Changes occur due to this relationship in water becomes gaseous/vapor rising into the heavens called "sky" creating by the changes in atmospheric pressures and temperatures clouds that rain on the Earth enriching the soils so that we may produce the foods necessary to create energy that fuels the very cells of our bodies and so on ...

Note: The body needs food containing the right balance, water helps digest and assimilate the food, food then nourishes by its assimilation into the various forms through out the body. One must find out by trial and experience which food is suitable to him/her.

Note: Our temperament is influenced by our diet because what we eat does affect the functioning of the mind. It is that state of mind that is important and proper diet will help to maintain clear and unwavering mind.

Note: The quantity and quality of food should be moderated. Respiration/proper-breathing provides the energy to promote digestion. Moderate and nourishing food is essential to maintain vigor, strength and alertness. Food is to be respected, not abused.

How does one achieve this in karate-do, by discipline. To achieve discipline the rigors of karate-do promote it and by it we can achieve discipline of the mind and spirit. This type of discipline promotes the kind that allows us to decide on our diet and then live that diet even when tempted by all the surrounds us such as advertisements, etc. This is how it starts and the singular practice of the mind and body in karate-do promotes this and the other disciplines necessary to change and promote living well, being healthy in both mind and body.

Iyengar, B.K.S. Light on Pranayama: The Yogic Art of Breathing. Crossroad Publishing New York. 2010.

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