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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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Gokui - seeing all sides ....


This is also often translated as "the ultimate state or wisdom" of the individual or martial artist. It is about learning the ultimate understanding of the system. In the fighting arts, we need to discern what is called omote and oku. Then we must understand to gokui. First learn the skills then as skills improved learn the mind until it unwinds and flows like water. When this occurs the martial artists shall be exposed to things beyond comprehension - gradually, the deeper principles of fighting. 

The ken-po goku-i is a type of Zen martial koan that leads to the ultimate state or wisdom that is gokui. 

As to the principles of fighting one must decide what is hidden and what is revealed? It is a matter of weighing the intellect and capability of each individual who studies a martial art that then teach them the Way by ensuring they release the bad and learn the art of bujutsu, so they may attain the laws of the gokui, the true path to martial arts, and develop the undisturbed, presence of present mind that is mushin-no-kokoro. This is an individual journey that one must take themselves for themselves to achieve discipline, diligence and mastery. 

To mastery is to train hard, diligently and daily to achieve a balance of shin, mind, and i, will, and to create both kan and ken to reach a place where nothing is clouded, all distractions removed, and the martial artists will know what the true void is - the way of the martial artists. 

This is gokui, the ultimate state or wisdom of Isshinryu no Karate. 

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