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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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Sansai, Hakke and Inyo

Sansai [三才]

The characters/ideograms mean "three powers; heaven, earth and man." The first character means, "three," the second character means, "genius; years old; cubic shaku."

Sansai refers to the three powers represented within the ancient classic, "I Ching." In the hakke or eight trigrams the three lines generally refer to the three powers. There are several combinations up to the hexagrams used in the I Ching that hold the positions of heaven, earth and man. Some understand this to mean heaven-man-earth where man standing on the earth is open to the influences of the heavens and earth. This is maybe the simplest theory of the three powers.

In Isshinryu Tatsuo-san believed wholeheartedly in the three powers. He used such classic beliefs along with some ancient classics such as the I Ching for his work in divination or fortune telling. At the entrance to one of his dojo you will see characters referencing this belief and work to include his birth hexagram.

Since the hexagrams, 64, are derived from combinations of the eight trigrams, hakke, you will immediately notice their influence toward the new system of Isshinryu by the eight empty hand kata. It also becomes apparent when you receive the original "eight" ken-po goku-i along with the silk promotion certificates (i.e. these were presented to many of the first American practitioners in the late fifties and early sixties, etc.). 

A.J. Advincula sensei often speaks of the three powers within Isshinryu, i.e. Naihanchi-n-Sanchin, Chinkuchi, and muchimi-n-gamaku. This seems to be the core or essence of the make up of Isshinryu. 

There are many other symbolic representations toward the three powers through out the Isshinryu system as created and named by Tatsuo-san. Take a look at the Isshinryu-no-megami, etc.

Hakke [八卦]

The characters/ideograms mean "eight trigrams; divination signs." The first character means, "eight," the second character means, "a divination sign." 

The eight trigrams are a product of the one. The one being the great tai chi that at the birth of the Universe separated into the two, the in-n-yo or yin-n-yang. The yin and yang were represented by a single solid line and single broken line. The two lines are then combined into pairs making four pairs called young yin, young yang, old yin and old yang, etc.

These four have a third line to represent the three powers creating eight trigrams or hakke, the divination signs used to create the sixty-four hexagrams used in the ancient classic, the I Ching. 

The eight kata of Isshinryu as created through divination processes over many years of practice by Tatsuo-san are given birth from the one, Tatsuo-san, through the marriage of the two, Naihanchi from Shorinryu and Sanchin from Gojuryu, giving birth to the one, Isshinryu or the one heart way. Within Isshinryu the essence that is fundamental principle of the system are chinkuchi, muchimi and gamaku, i.e. whereby the true power of the system manifest. 

In all things there is one and in Isshinryu, born from the one to the many as manifested by the three powers within Isshinryu, i.e. the father and mother paired to give birth to the one where the three powers combine and are named, Isshinryu. A manifestation of the two forces, yin and yang or naihanchi and sanchin or shorin and goju - soft-hard/yin-yan/in-yo. 

Inyo [陰陽]

The characters/ideograms mean "cosmic dual forces; yin and yang; sun and moon, etc." The first character means, "shade; yin; negative; secret; shadow," the second character means, "sunshine; yang principle; positive; male; heaven; daytime." 

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