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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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The Eyes Must See

The eyes must see all sides reveals the issues one has with the mindset. Mindset is an aspect to both life and martial arts that drives us toward success. It is ours and our responsibility that has no tolerance toward projecting blame on others and other things, it is our responsibility. The eyes must have the ability to see the mindset issues and problems so as to reveal the errors humans make due to perceived expertise or mastery.

Mastery, if not seen within the mindset of the master blinds the person to seeing things beyond what they perceive as mastery. It hinders our perception of the cues and options, to ignore potentially useful strategies, and to fail at noticing opportunities that arise in each moment. 

Allowing a mastery or expertise to exist means we assume that there is nothing more to learn, to study or to practice. It stunts the growth of our intuitive-analytical ability especially in stressful and dangerous situations. To block or hinder our intuitive mindset process is to set it to a dogmatic immobile perception of the world so that one can not see it any other way. 

When you think of those systems that remain dogmatically glued to a practice and training that is born of some master long ago without the crucial requirement to extend that practice and training beyond the mere fundamentals taught as the origins of the system then you fail to see the true potential and growth of that system. It is honorable to desire that one's practice of a system similar or exact to what they were taught by the master and originator but to remain steadfast and doggedly attached to it stifling the growth of it are just wrong. The ken-po goku-i teaches us that this is not conducive to the growth of any system, i.e. the shu-ha-ri of martial systems. 

The eyes must see all sides goes way beyond the sense if sight. Seeing goes way beyond merely seeing. It is an intuitive analytical means of truly and without bias seeing the world and all it contains so that perceptions are true to the individual and thus to the whole of humanity.

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