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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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New Ken-po Goku-i for Karate-do

The new goku-i provides an additional line of text that provides for the third sense mode that was previously two, sight and sound - eyes and ears. The last line promotes a touch mode. The first eight lines also become more apparent to touch mode since we now have "tactual" mode or touch mode. This being both tactual meaning to handling and touching along side kinesthetic which is used to refer to the position and balance of the body.

This new line may not readily come to be accepted by those who have lived with the original eight lines provided by Tatsuo Sensei or those who received their version from reference to the Bubushi. This would be a normal reaction and in time it is hoped that the last new line would become apparent in the first eight and make sense showing its importance in making a full connection the the three that make the one.

"A person's heart is the same as heaven and earth; the blood circulating is similar to the sun and moon; the manner of drinking-inhaling and spitting-exhaling is either soft or hard; a person's unbalance is the same as a weight; the body should be able to change direction at any time; the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself; the eyes must see all sides; the ears must listen in all direction; AND the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction." - Shimabuku Tatsuo Ken-po Goku-i  + "one"

It becomes very easy to miss this important aspect of training and practice in the jutsu and do of any martial art. The senses of sight and hearing are primary to all humans. Even the touch sense dominant person switches between those two. It becomes critical for the tactual person when stress and its chemical effects kick in for the human being uses the dominant sense much like the freeze and the flight or fight response of survival. Look at it like the adrenaline dump experienced in a threat stress induced situation. There are particular aspects that take over like narrowing of vision and dysfunctional perceptions all to provide survival instincts.

Look at it as a way to see the view from this perspective, to hear the value of it for all the senses and to grasp it firmly in our hands and minds to provide a triangle of completeness - sight + hearing + tactual/tactile/kinesthetic.

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