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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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Fundamental Learning/Teaching

All of us adhere to the ken-po goku-i, the emphasis on "eyes" and "ears" as to "seeing" and "hearing." We tend to extrapolate meaning of the ken-po goku-i to that which is physical in relation to karate but it extends to guide us in understanding the "three fundamental concepts" of learning and teaching.

How do we learn? By what we "see," "hear," and "do." Information is processed by what we see; what we hear; and how we put that into an action or "doing" or to take the character for the "Way" as in following a path or road, etc.

Each of us has a lifestyle and personality traits that can provide us a means of discovery. Discovery in what it takes to bring about knowledge, understanding, and proficiency depending on how we "see," "hear," and "do."

The eyes must see all sides. We initially take this to mean actually "seeing" all around us spatially. We look and actively see left, right, forward, behind us, then in many variations such as up and down, and degrees between such  things as left-to-front, etc. We also must be able to "see" all sides of how events transpire both our own and any other person involved. The ability to "see" from the perspective of others teaches us and can guide us to avoiding conflicts and so on. When we teach we try to "see" all sides of how a person in receipt of our efforts learns. Whether they learn by doing, by the discussions, by combinations of perception and application. This ken-po goku-i provides us lessons to learn and teach far beyond the mere physical manifestations.

All I have said to "seeing" also applies to "hearing." We can hear what goes on spatially but to hear actively what a person is saying to us leads to understanding and understanding allows us to choose a means to mutual benefits thus avoiding conflicts. If we also hear the other voice, spoken and unspoken meanings, we can achieve a level of perception of the individual that translates into the ability to teach and they to learn.

The ken-po goku-i was meant to be more than simply how to apply karate to conflict. It can lead us to achieving more with ourselves and with others. It can lead us to see and hear and then do what is called teaching and learning; apply that to life!

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