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"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.


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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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Mushin no Kokoro


無心の心

The characters/ideograms mean "heart of no mind." The first character means, "nothingness; none; ain't; nothing; nil; not," the second and fourth character means, "heart; mind; spirit."

The meaning as it applies to martial systems of practice is one must train the mind to be empty of all thought and emotion when acting. It can also be to have a detached mind, a mind free from encumbrances to respond to any stimulus. The mind shall not be set to any specific place or thought, but free and flexible to respond to any situation. This is thought to be the essence of the state of mind of martial arts. This explanation seems to fit for the term, as stand alone, mushin. What does mushin no kokoro then mean?

It means heart of no mind. It might mean that to have mushin or no-mind/empty-mind is the "heart" of all martial arts. This is merely my theory. It is literally the mind, heart and spirit of nothingness of the mind. Martial artists philosophically speaking must remove all distractions of the mind, heart and spirit. To achieve a clean and free mind from mindless meanderings, a heart free from encumbrances of the heart that speaks to the emotional side of humanity and the spirit or mind-set that promotes the ability to take appropriate actions in a conflict be they simply avoidance to the extremes of physical violent battles for survival. It is a moral compass for the martial artist. It is the ultimate state of present moment presence. 

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