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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.


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The Eight Fold Path and Ken-po Goku-i


I have encountered over the years references to the "eight fold path of zen buddhism" as it stands against or along side the gokui. I have studied this eight fold path and found that no where does the path relate to the gokui. 

The eight fold path: 1. Right Understanding; 2. Right thoughts; 3. Right Speech; 4. Right Action; 5. Right Livelihood; 6. Right Effort; 7. Right Mindfulness; and 8. Right Concentration. I have also taken a view of a few of the translations or meanings of these eight and cannot find any connection and that is saying something from my perception as one can often, mostly, find some tenuous thread that may connect one to the other.

Lets take a look at the gokui as written by Tatsuo-san, i.e. a English written form that most validate as in his own writing.

1. The person heart is same as heaven and earth.
2. The blood circulating is almost same as the moon and sun.
3. The manner of drinking and spitting is either hard or soft.
4. The persons unbalance is the same as a weight.
5. The body should be able to change motion at any time.
6. Action to hit, is when the opportunity presents its self.
7. The eye must see every way.
8. The ear must listen in all directions.

This particular silk page was signed "Isshinryu Karatedo" with Tatsuo-san's ink wood chop and underneath it is signed, "Instructor, Shimabuku Tatsuo."

Now, looking a the eight gokui and the eight fold path I am unable to perceive, see, or observe any real relations. I have studied the gokui for over thirty five years and the eight fold path, on and off, over the last ten years and still cannot contribute either to the other. 

Let me introduce "one" interpretation of the first path, i.e. Right Understanding. Right understanding is the knowledge of the Four Noble Truths. In other words, it is the understanding of oneself as one really is. Now the gokui, i.e. The person heart is same as heaven and earth. Now, I am fairly intelligent but I see no real relationship between the two. Truth, which is something one can relate in an indirect form to the overall theme of the gokui but as to the four noble truths I cannot make a solid connection. 

The note attached to the first path, right understanding, says "The keynote of Buddhism is this Right Understanding. Buddhism, as such, is based on knowledge and not on unreasonable belief." Granted my interpretations may be completely off and irrelevant but I also associated it to the intent in practice of Isshinryu by Tatsuo-san along with his connections to the ancient classics, i.e. the I Ching, Chinese astrological charts and his understanding of sumuchi or fortune telling using all these sources. 

This post is incomplete as to a full analysis as I don't intend to bore the reader. If one decides to reach further understanding, or knowledge in this case which does relate to the first interpretation of the first path, they can research the eight fold path and the gokui. My interpretation is almost ready for release. I plan on making it an eBook and am considering releasing it as a freebie. 

In my final analysis the only true connections I can find are indirect, i.e. there are eight of both the path and the gokui. I have since found that actually the gokui is not actually eight different koan's but rather one long koan for the martial arts, i.e. Okinawan Ti or Karate. I have even added, as can be read above on this blog site, one additional line to cover the often ignored and/or forgotten reference to the tactile aspects of the human condition. 

"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."

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