"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
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


"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?"

All Bottles are Truly Good

All Bottles are Truly Good

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All Bottles Are Good - They All Serve A Purpose

Today John Vesia Sensei of the Martial Views Blog made a statement that reminded me of the term Occam's Razor. In summary Occam's Razor means, "the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one." In that light John said simply, "... Who knows, maybe he (tatsuo sensei) was just talking about various types of booze."

The story goes simply as, a group of practitioners (Marines mostly) were drinking a variety of booze and had an assortment of bottles on the table when Tatsuo Sensei asked them which was the best. Several answers followed and then he stated, "All bottles are good, they all server a purpose," or something similar to this quote attributed to him.

Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei taught Marine and other military on Okinawa so we talk about our service members. Shimabuku Tatsuo said, "All bottles are good. They all served a purpose." This story came from me but it was his quote. - Advincula A. J. Sensei Isshinkai post #27618

"All Bottles are Good. They all served a purpose." - Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei Post #19411 dtd Mon Jul 18, 2005 at 11:26hours - this post quote comes from the Isshinkai Yahoo group run by A. J. Advincula Sensei.

The story, redacted for brevity, is as follows:

On many an occasion after a dojo workout we would have a drink or two with Shimabuku Sensei. On one occasion, several American students at the Honbu Agena Dojo we were drinking. Some were drinking beer while others were drinking Awamori a potent alcoholic beverage indigenous to and unique to Okinawa.

Awamori is made from high quality rice from Thailand and is distilled and not brewed as is traditional Japanese sake. A black yeast that is unique to Okinawa is used to make Awamori. In Okinawa, the word saki is used instead of sake and some brands of awamori are listed at 43 percent alcohol. Awamori is also drank with ice and water or sometimes mixed with citrus juice or other types of sodas. Most Okinawan mix awamori with ice and water but many Americans may use some kind of juice.

Shimabuku preferred awamori and at this event, some Americans were mixing awamori with pine juice (Pineapple soda). Shimabuku asked us which bottle was best. Some picked up beer bottles while others awamori bottles and one or two who did not drink alcohol picked up the pine juice or other soda bottles.

Shimabuku stated, "All bottles are good. They all served a purpose." While he never said why he asked the question about the bottles, I thought he was relating it to karate styles, that all styles of karate were good.

Years later Ciso said that even while taking breaks, or drinking after hours, his father was trying to teach. I don't think too many Americans understood this, if they did, we would have more stories to tell. It is interesting that many of the Shimabuku's Okinawan students, relate stories of Shimabuku. I have written and told this story over and over again at seminars, after hours and at parties, yet some still do not know or remember the story. Kind of like on Okinawa, where many Americans just didn't get it.

Now, as the "naysayer" of this blog I have to say that I take all inferences to what Tatsuo "meant" when teaching with a grain of salt. That grain involves the disparities naturally created through the individual's perceptive filtering. Even when hearing testimony attributed directly from Cisco Shimabuku, the teacher of Marines Isshinryu, both his and the recipient's perceptive filtering change the meaning and as it passes along to others each filter makes subtle changes and the only way to refute any interpretation you would need Tatsuo's exact explanation as documented by him directly - never occurred, never happened so the entire system is open to any interpretations.

The question then becomes, "Is any and all interpretations acceptable, true, and relevant to the practice of the Isshinryu system?" In my view, yes. All interpretations that are beneficial and provide for positive growth of the individual and any of those who may listen to his/her communications on this particular subject are good - all bottles are good, they all serve a purpose.

Ergo, all interpretations are good if they all serve a purpose with the hopes that those purposes are beneficial, good, and enlightening. It must be remembered that styles, style names, and systems are merely individualized views and application of the same thing, fundamental principles of all martial systems. All principles are good, they all serve a purpose, the provide the fundamental foundation of martial arts.

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