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
"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.
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.
Yin-Yang | Good-Bad
We speak of practicing wholeheartedly yet we tend to side with either a yin or a yang practice. Some practice as if it were a complete hard system while others a soft. In Isshinryu, my belief, it was meant to balance out both hard and soft.
If you notice it was created out of Goju, which tends to be practiced hard, and Shorin, which tends to be practiced soft. Isshinryu was meant to balance out the hard and the soft living up the the goku-i's maxim of balance of the two sides of yin-yang. It seems to be a core understanding that there are meant to be two sides and they are to be balanced.
Don't misunderstand, this does not mean when your hard your hard and when soft your soft but rather a blending of both to one degree or another. We can apply strictly hard but mostly a blending of both while some are more hard or more soft or some degree between. In some cases it is hard/soft equally.
Even the principles of martial power which in reality are actually "principles of martial practice" teach you this as well. Take the application of impact techniques where your with out tension then suddenly full of tension at point of impact into the target, etc.
The core of the goku-i is balance, being one by managing the two opposites of human nature, and achieving that in our martial practice. Using this as a basis then can be achieved in all aspects of life.