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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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Number 9

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The number nine has significance in the ancient Chinese classics and in the Chinese numerology. For this post it involves nine parts. The first part being the foundation on which everything is based (no pun intended). The next five parts deal with a symbolic relation to the five elements, also a part of the Chinese belief system. The five elements being "metal, earth, water, fire and air." The next part is the one that is linked to the mind while the next part is linked to the spirit. The final and important last part that brings it all together into one whole or wholehearted singularity is you, the human or person. 

These nine parts symbolically tell us the story of how one achieves master of any discipline and for our discussion/post the martial arts. It symbolizes how we can achieve a mastery of the fundamental principles of martial systems. It also is representative of the ken-po goku-i. The gokui is made up of eight parts and the ninth being the practitioner while my version consist of the nine parts that symbolically include the practitioner, i.e. the ninth is the sense of touch to coincide with sight and sound. 

Symbology was an important part of transmission of all things. For martial arts of Asia it was a huge part of the belief and cultural systems the Chinese used in their earlier times, i.e. such as the symbolism used in the I Ching or book of changes for divination of the present and future through an understanding of the past, the people and the way of the universe. 

This is an effort to connect the ancestry of modern martial arts. One of its core beliefs is the whole of the parts, to create a holistic one-ness in practice, training and application of the system by bringing all the individual parts, as taught, trained and practiced, into one wholehearted system. Leaving any one part out of the equation results in a different solution that is often skewed or out of sync with the many esoteric principles of martial effectiveness. 

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