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"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

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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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Seeing, Truly Seeing


Seeing, Truly Seeing

One of the lines in the ken-po goku-i as presented to the folks who practice Isshinryu Okinawan karate. I speak or write of the self defense aspects, the combative stuff, the fight itself and not the sport or way aspects. The stuff that gets down and dirty to get the job done so you won't pay the price of violence or violent encounters. 

Complexity seems to me a major obstacle to understanding true real life self defense. Do we see a technique or combination of techniques as simple, fast and effective? Do we analyze the SD component as reality effective? Not many do and go for the complex set of techniques to give ourselves comfort that we know something. That something seems to be a part of our culture and belief system. We seem to think that a lack of complexity means value. In the fight value is simplicity itself along side its opposite effective. 

What is the nature of violent acts? If an assault is the complex system able to get the job done? Do you know, understand and accept that violent assaults regardless of the reasons is hard, fast and a total surprise? Do you realize that the attacker had a plan long before he attacked and that every single moment and every single moment of delay allows him to do something - different? Do you realize how this wrecks havoc on your orient to the attack that slows down your progress toward the act part of the OODA loop? 

Do you realize the ten step combination or technique you do could be streamlined into a one, two or three step process with effectiveness and speed? Do your realize that the ten step system leaves a lot of room for error and that the adversary with his pre-plan in progress will be changing the dynamics of the fight constantly keeping you in the orient phase of the loop? Do you ask yourself these questions in training and practice?

Seeing all sides of anything means you look at it in a multi-dimensional view that takes the physical, non-physical, and mental views of all things from all sides. It means taking what you do, say and hear outside that box that society, your environment and your lessons in life to beyond the comfort zone that blinds you to what works and what does not work. 

Does your training remove reality from the matrix? Do you consciously seek reality in your training and practice? Does tori-n-uke stray from the model, the regimen, the training syllabus? How often do you ask questions? How often do you seek real answers and not just accept the first answer that makes you feel comfortable and safe? 

Bibliography:
Miller, Rory. "Training Blindness." Tuesday, April 16, 2013. <http://chirontraining.blogspot.com/2013/04/training-blindness.html>

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