"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?"

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Age Old Dilemma

Getting youth to gain from the wisdom of elders. A question that has caused concern and consternation  since man became first aware or self-aware of the self. I find this question in my winter years of life and practice of a martial system. It concerns me now because I give due consideration to what I could have been if I has only taken the time and the effort to learn then as a youth what I am learning and know now as an elder.

Elder in the sense of a martial system who has practiced and trained for approximately thirty-six years. Three plus decades and I tended, except for the last decade, to spend an exorbitant amount of time on the more physical aspects. 

I found ten years ago the secret to life. The secret to all that entails living a good life. The secret is not really a secret but obvious if you look, see and then truly see it - balance. Yin-Yang or In-Yo. That which is symbolized by the great Tai Chi symbol of the Yin-n-Yang. 

It can be expressed by the term "hindsight." It is often late in life we understand a situation or event of our lives that it could have gone far better only if ..... hindsight would be better served if youth could gain from it as told by elders. Sensei are elders too in many cases - not all and not alot, just a few. When I say Sensei I mean one that has gained such insight so that his or her hindsight can benefit those under their guidance. Say around the winter years with a modicum of experience, knowledge and understanding (thirty years or more) of what it is they are trying to improve both for themselves and those who look to them as one who has come before. 

Youth all to often, I am guilty of this as well, tend to discard things of importance for that something that often is fleeting. Speed and gratification are necessary in the balance yet are not the end-all of all things. It is a shame that sometimes the perceived boring and not cool things are necessary to give more balance or depth and breadth to those things that do, in time, give gratification, knowledge and meaning. 

Simply waxing philosophical today :-)


  1. But you can learn from that experience.

    1. You can take a horse to water ...

    2. Given the opportunity to drink or not to drink .... that is the conundrum.