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"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?"

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Haiken [拝見]; Choryoku [聴力]; Kagu [嗅ぐ]; Tezawari [手触り]

Haiken [拝見]

The characters/ideograms mean "seeing; look at." The first character means, "worship; adore; pray to," the second character means, "see; hopes; chances; idea; opinion; look at; visible."

This word is one sense used in martial arts written about through the ken-po goku-i. The eyes must see all sides is not just a literal meaning but metaphorical as well, i.e. what you see in your heart or what you perceive is in the heart of your adversary is just as important. Then there is the "third eye" often written about in more mystical terms through disciplines like yoga, etc.

Then there is the senses as to dominant sense modes that allow communications to be greater understood. This is a great teaching tool for the sensei tool box.

Choryoku [聴力]

The characters/ideograms mean "hearing; hearing ability." The first character means, "listen; headstrong; naughty; careful inquiry," the second character means, "power; strength; strong; strain; bear up; exert."

This word is one used in martial arts written about through the ken-po goku-i. Much like haiken or seeing this sense also speaks to a metaphysical aspect such as well, i.e. what you hear from your heart or what you perceive as a moral sound coming from the heart and spirit. Hearing goes much deeper than merely interpretation of the sounds that surround you but the sounds that speak to you from within or what you perceive your adversary is actually saying or doing vs. what he or she wants you to hear.

Then there is the senses as to dominant sense modes that allow communications to be greater understood. This is a great teaching tool for the sensei tool box.

Kagu [嗅ぐ]

The character/ideogram means "to smell; to sniff." The first character alone means, "smell; sniff; scent." This word is one used in martial arts not written into the ken-po goku-i but is just as important as the seeing and hearing. Smell can tell you things you may miss by sight or sound. Smell can give warning of a person approaching silently from the rear.

What you smell when up close and personal with an adversary can speak to what type of an opponent you are dealing with and provide insight into how you can and should handle them.

Smell is often a forgotten tool in the marital arts tool box. It is worth taking time to figure out how to use smell to defend. Then there is the senses as to dominant sense modes that allow communications to be greater understood. This is a great teaching tool for the sensei tool box.

Tezawari [手触り]

The characters/ideograms mean "feel; touch." The first character means, "hand," the second character means, "contact; touch; feel; hit; proclaim; announce; conflict."

Touch is almost as critical a sense that should be openly addressed in martial arts training and practice. In the early years it was mostly glossed over except in simple grappling methods of karate but today with all the ground work and jujitsu type disciplines touch has gained momentum in training and practice. A good instructor will help a practitioner understand through actual hands on instruction letting them tactually feel how the body moves, etc.

Tezawari or touch also comes into play in many other facets including the touch felt when someone first reaches out to touch you either in a non-confrontational way or one that is meant to be violent - the touch and what you feel matters in how a touch is perceived.

Then there is the senses as to dominant sense modes that allow communications to be greater understood. This is a great teaching tool for the sensei tool box.

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