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"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?"

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Matter-Energy [物-勢]

The two realms of nature according to Shinto belief systems which in turn had great influence on Japanese culture and beliefs which we find in all martial systems of Japan, Okinawa and China.

I look to "matter" as "yang" and the physical training we endeavor to master while "energy" is "yin" and the metaphysical training of the mind, heart and spirit through the study and applying of understanding of the ken-po goku-i.

It is said as to Shinto belief, "Nature is divided into two realms, matter and energy. All things are in reality nothing but movement in its various states. Sensations enter the body-mind, i.e. body as matter on Earth and mind as energy or vibrations and frequencies, etc., through the appropriate organs, i.e. the eyes, ears and skin (tactile) and the third eye of the spirit, and are digested and organized in the brain.

The body is what contains energy and energy is what fuels the body. This energy comes in various forms. A form that is generated from the Earth, i.e. the food and vegetable world, and the energy that comes from the vibrations or frequencies as driven by the state of mind of each individual and as to what that mind is fed as nourishment, i.e. beliefs, cultures, morals, etc.

The nourishment of Earths matter and the nourishment of the ken-po goku-i's energies, vibrations and frequencies all feed the whole of man to connect the mind, heart and hara. It is this unison and cohesion that brings about mastery and enlightenment where one cannot truly exist without the other, i.e. mastery is the matter while enlightenment is the energy driving and supporting the mastery while mastery in and of itself nourishes the enlightened state of the mind.

These are some of the things that should remain foremost in the minds of martial system practitioners where the application of technique is the matter or yang while the application of force is he energy generated by adherence to the fundamental principle of martial systems.

And the story goes on .....

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