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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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Open Eyes and Ears

The Ken-po Goku-i once again alludes to the use of "eyes" and "ears" having the ability to focus on all that goes on all around us, i.e. to all sides and in all directions, so we can attach a meaning that a karate-ka should be able to see or hear or both those moments and incidents that either require an application of karate waza or not.

A budo-ka/karate-ka cannot just close their eyes and ears to the consequences of utilizing karate in a fight. Closing your eyes and ears to the obvious for ego's sake is defeatist and should be avoided. This is hard.

Those who instruct must see and hear practitioners to determine the fundamental personality traits that may lead to misuse of karate. An instructor must remain observant by "seeing" all sides of a practitioner and "hearing" how they express themselves that may lead to missing the system.

In the same light instruction should provide a karate-ka lessons and understanding when engaging in any conflict so they may "see" and "hear" the others side and view on the subject of this particular conflict. It may be a verbal exchange so the practitioner needs to actively "listen (hear)" to this person and "observe (see)" their expressions and body language in running the gamut of Avoidance-Deescalation-Awareness-Manners before physical becomes involved.

See the person, hear the person and then act accordingly to resolve with mutual satisfaction of you both avoiding a fight. Bet you didn't think of this one when you read the ken-po goku-i?

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