"The Author, it must be remembered, writes from his own standpoint!"
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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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Jing, a Chinese term, comes from traditional Chinese medicine. It is translated from Chinese to English for Essence. There are three kinds of jing: prenatal, postnatal and Kidney. Prenatal is passed from the parents to the child in the womb. Postnatal is when the child develops post-Heaven Essence when they begin eating, drinking, and breathing independently. 

The lungs, spleen and stomach extract and refine Chi or Ki from food and drink along with air we breath. To guard jing is to make sure the body, mind and spirit are fed properly both the physical and the psychological. 

Prenatal jing is hereditary. You can replenish jing through the postnatal processes of eating and breathing and thinking right thoughts. Jing has a fluid nature so it circulates all over the body. It forms the basis for growth, development, maturation, and reproduction. It moves in long, slow cycles, and presided over the major stages of life as they develop each moment. 

Jing is considered the basis for Chi. It is in a fluid context yin. The essence (jing) and Chi are the material foundation for Shen (mind). Our longevity is determined by a combination of hereditary jing (yang) and postnatal accumulations of jing (yin). The shen is the yang context. 

It is believed we all are born with a fixed amount of jing and can also accumulate jing from food and various forms of stimulation (exercise, study, meditation.) Jing is continuously consumed in life. It is effected as to quantity and quality by everyday life experiences, i.e. stress, illness, anger, fear or exercise, nutrition and mental health, etc. 

Martial System such as Chi Gong were developed by the Chinese to replenish jing. Internal aspects of martial arts may be responsible for preservation of our jing if performed correctly. 

It should be apparent how this jing, or sei, is associated with the practice, training and application of martial systems whether it be in combat or in the health and fitness derived from the way. 

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