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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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Do/Michi [道]


The character/ideogram means "road; street; way; path; course; route; lane; the way (of proper conduct, etc.); one's way; morals; teachings (esp. Confucian or Buddhist); dogma; way; method; means." Also "Taoism."

This is the yin of martial arts. The yang is the physical combative aspects. Both together give you the one whole of all martial arts. You can see this division when you study the complete and fundamental principles of all martial systems, i.e. the principles of theory, physiokinetics, technique and philosophy. 

The ken-po goku-i also alludes symbolically and metaphorically to this division and within the overall division of yin-yang, each smaller part contributes its yin-yang to the whole for a complete practice of martial arts. This is the yin or way, path or method to the yang or jutsu, technique or application of the physical that is the combatives of fighting, combat and war. 

To leave any part out of the whole leaves the martial arts broken and lacing completeness or wholeheartedness. To be complete human kind must have both male and female - it is just nature. Nature involves two complementary but different halves to make things whole and this goes especially with martial arts. 

To have a practitioner of martial arts without the yin half leaves a brutal and often misguided application of techniques. It is leaving reality out for the sake of the fiction that is today's martial art community - mostly. 

To teach something that is not relevant to reality, i.e. self-defense or combatives, is to leave out the yang for the benefit of more yin. Humans abhor violence on the whole and will naturally avoid it. This tends toward acceptance of the more yin aspects leaving the yang to flounder on the shore out of the life sustaining water that is the whole of martial practices. 

Embrace the whole to achieve true martial arts. Leave the halves joined, moving and changing to be a martial art that is both art and practical for today's world still with violence as a part of the one whole that is mankind. 

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