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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.


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Ken-po Goku-i tome seven and eight - seeing and hearing

To give another idea as to why we see these to particular "sensory modes" used in this philosophical reference you need to read the following quote:

"In America today there is an overwhelming emphasis on ear and eye sensory modes. All educational and mass media mechanisms are limited to those two modes, so that those who preference is eye or ear (and especially eye) have an advantage truly impossible to overcome. Except for a smaller number of people all language processing in our culture is done through the sensory mechanisms of eye and ear." - Dr. Suzette Haden Elgin, Ph.D Author of "More on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense."

This is to my mind a profound quote/statement. It rings many bells as to why these two senses dominate the martial arts. I believe wholeheartedly that this goes farther back than modern communications. The first moment of communications be they the grunts and gestures of ancient humans to today's ability to communicate in one form or another where eyes and ears dominate.

Consider teaching or instructing practitioners of martial arts. If a practitioner has a dominant sensory mode of seeing they can have an advantage over hearing and without exception touch. Since martial arts like karate involve moving the body the sense of touch, with restrictions, can aid a person who is identified as touch dominant to learn quickly. I can extrapolate from this that Sensei who have not identified this aspect of teaching can find their participants being less that could be. Imagine you know this tidbit of information and use it to ensure that all your practitioners get the most out of your guidance, knowledge and experience.

In most the left brain processes information that comes in patterned chunks of information one after the other. This is like numbering and the letters of the alphabet. The left side attends to those parts and pieces while the right side "wholes" not formed in logical patterns. The left is mostly in favor of the eye and ear senses while the right side touch. The other senses beyond sight, sound and touch are nonexistent for this lesson, i.e. taste, etc.

I quote, "The effect of our concentration on training the left brain and letting the right founder about without help means that we educate and foster a dominant sense mode of eye and ear, neglecting the other touch dominant sense mode. If you have a practitioner who suddenly becomes frustrated with your efforts you might try to discover if their sense mode is touch vs. the dominant seeing and hearing.

When discovering methods to pass along all that knowledge, skill and enthusiasm for your system remember that although the eye and ear dominant in communications, i.e. teaching, you may discover that touch can benefit your efforts. In the greatest of all scenario's a Sensei who can incorporate seeing, hearing and touching to train and practice may benefit the participants greatly and thus the dojo. The skill then can be to determine the dominant sense and emphasize instruction individually to achieve greater results - skill, knowledge, and proficiency.

Once again give attention, thought and discovery to the meaning of, "The eyes must see all sides. The ears must listen in all directions."

Bibliography:
Elgin, Suzette Haden, Ph.D. "More on the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense." Prentice Hall. New Jersey. 1983.

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