"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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"To store up knowledge when young, and to bring it into practical application when old, is the order of things which holds true through all ages. For storing knowledge, we must be guided by great men, otherwise we shall not be able to develop our talents, and adjust ourselves to the infinite varieties of external circumstances. Again, the spirit of studies does not lie in mere reading and writing. The true spirit is to cultivate our minds by the method indicated and to advance to their applications." 

"The phrase 'advantageous to see great men' teaches not to devote oneself to mere reading and writing, but to attend the true school of mixing with great personages, of being aware of the worldly phenomena, and of piercing through the stat of the nation, and gradually to advance. I must open myself to intercourses and I must freely mix with the world."

- My Resolution at the Beginning of Meiji, The Takashima Ekidan. 

This speaks to the need of obtaining knowledge first before teaching. It is knowledge that is both academic and through experience. It is best served for both the future teacher and future students that the teacher acquire such knowledge and experience before taking up the full mantle of teaching alone. Even then it is the experienced and knowledgable teacher who continually, diligently and consistently tests their knowledge and experience under the guidance of one who is greater to maintain a constant change toward new knowledge and experience. 

All to often those who attain the coveted black belt, sho-dan, assume that this is enough to teach. All to often they branch out quickly to be on their own, to own their own dojo and to teach others before they are fully and truly capable. This lessens the lessons. This diminishes the content and context of the system only because no one at such a young age and level can obtain and retain all that is necessary to transmit the fullness of any one system.

Then we can speak toward those who assume the role of teacher early too often attempt to accumulate many other systems to bolster their resume' not considering that the foundation on which they are attempting to build knowledge and experience into a solid foundation of teachings is inadequate to the full task at hand. 

The ancient and wise of old China managed to convey this through such as the I Ching translated into the Japanese Takashima Ekidan, the I Ching equivalent. The entire society of two great and old nations was built upon this great knowledge and experience so it seems ludicrous to try and circumvent the natural process for expedience sake and monetary gain not to leave out ego and pride. 

It is therefore prudent and wise for seekers on knowledge to first assure that their teacher meets these requirements of nature. To be older, wiser and more attuned to both knowledge and experience of the system to be passed down to others who follow. 

I made this mistake and only now through long years of practice, long years of attaining knowledge, and long years of attaining experiences that I have come to accept and understand those early failings and to achieve what I have achieved in my winter years. 

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