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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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The Eyes Must See All Sides - More than Just Seeing

How do we know what we see is what is true or exists. Often humans tend to see "what they want to see." It is not truly about the eyes but rather the facial expressions that surround the eyes. Our emotions have effects that can begin with certain changes in the musculature around the eyes, i.e. the eyelids, the corners and the lower lids. Since that is connected to other facial musculature the whole tends to send the messages. So, why do they say look into the eyes when actually you look at the eyes and allow your peripheral vision to detect true meaning from the facial musculature results of emotional output from our brains, i.e. be it the Human brain, the Monkey brain or the Lizard brain.

When I read this particular section of the ken-po goku-i I don't just "see" what my eyes can detect both directly and peripherally but what my mind sees as well. Take for instance a person hiking in the woods. They see a shape out of their peripheral vision that the Lizard brain says "looks like a snake!" Your Lizard brain then triggers the instinct to jump back, open the eyes wider, take a direct view on the object (OODA starts here), then decide if it is truly a snake or what it actually is, a stick that looks like the shape of a snake, then you act accordingly, i.e. either run like hell because it was a snake or shake your head, take a deep breath and say to yourself, "wow, glad it wasn't a snake." 

In recent posting I have spoke about perceptions, context, culture and beliefs, etc. that have effects on how we "see" things. This is also part and parcel to the goku-i's meaning. It takes us away from the more obvious and trains us to achieve all levels of seeing, both physically and metaphorically speaking. This applies to all of life, not just martial arts. 

"Seeing all sides" also denotes a very fundamental and basic methodology of martial arts, the learning and application of fundamental principles of martial arts such as the principle of theory, the principle of physiokinetics, the principle of techniques and the principle of philosophy. To truly see all sides of what constitutes a full martial art is to "see all sides within that system," i.e. the principles that drive that system and remain the same principles that drive all systems of martial arts. To only learn about the physiokinetic forms is limiting and results in learning how to dance the martial dance. 

Then there is "seeing all sides" of the self. Seeing both your faults and your perfections equally with the notion that both will contribute to mastery of any discipline including, of course, martial systems. This may be the most important principle of both theory and philosophy that when properly understood and practiced make the principles of both physiokinetics and technique better or more complete. 

So, you can see that taking the literalness of "seeing all sides" as a stand alone meaning simply states that you are not "seeing all sides." Sides are not just a physical manifestation of the goku-i but rather a means to mental training to "see all sides" of all the principles that support and define a true, classical and traditional understanding of martial systems. 

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