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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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KEN-PO GOKU-I: The Tao of Karate and Martial Arts

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It is the inner world and it governs our perceptions of the outer world and it governs changes that arise in the outer world when the inner world, the Tao, makes comparisons then fills in any blanks from the inner worlds accumulated data input from the senses of our mind and bodies. It may not be measured or defined because it runs as a zombie procedural memory driven set of sub-routines that is in need of constant change and updates through the input of the outer world to the inner world where the sub-routine is removing the fill-in’s so that more reality oriented data can fill in and complete the sub-routines that in time become in need of changes rather than change and corrections. 

The Tao, the inner world of our minds that is run as a subconscious autonomous sub-routine ergo the label of zombie sub-routines, is where we understand as the place, deep in our deepest reaches of the mind, resides our inner awareness, and our undifferentiated knowledge accumulated from our very genes to those sensory data inputs called experience. It is this inner world in which things are measured and defined and governs change  that seems hidden within our inner worlds that accompanies our very existence. 

As our sensory data is input and processed it creates that incomplete image that gets filled in by our inner world, the Tao, to create a whole “one” image of the outer world. This is the basis for human studies, human understanding and a repetitive effort to input data over and over and over again in the learning processes so that multiple learning exposures to the outer world will fill in the fill-ins of the inner world that in the end create the comprehensive and completed images of the outer world that makes living, interacting and changing to the outer world. A complex dichotomy that allows us to be influenced by the Tao or the Inner World of sub-routines. We can call this as the intuitive knowledge and understanding of the Tao as the unifying principle that brings the unconscious Tao into conscious awareness. 

The process of data sorting and mining is so that our inner world called the Tao can “hold to what is essential and let go of the trivial, incorrect or the filled-in data from our inner worlds. Herein lies the concept of the “Void,” that space within the lies between the lines of code in our procedural zombie sub-routines, where the origins of our thought processes are able to be perceived. Thus we encode that which says, “We hold on to what endures, endures through trial, test, validation and reality-based proven experience(s).”

Mokuso is that tool of the external outer world where we practice to “Keep Still” that is the trigger to meditation, for through the processes of becoming perfectly quiet and detached from the cares, trials and tribulations of the external world our internal worlds can become detached from our cares, trials, tribulations and negativity to find that empty space, become still and let the inner world, the Tao, provide is the sagely guidance to live our lives. That still place and stillness that allows the void to empty itself and plant the seeds, to germinate them to grow, of our actions that can exist to the given moment and situations. 

It is the manifestation and stimulation of the stillness in the Tao, the minds inner world, that provides us the references to the principles that are constant and therefor endure to manifest, when needed and necessary, as zombie procedural sub-routines of the inner world to the manifestation in the external world from the Tao, the inner world. 

This is why karate and martial arts ways teaches us to first, look within and listen within to connect naturally and instinctively to our subconscious and unconscious zombie sub-routines of procedural memory to act accordingly to our teachings and so on. 

As stated by Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching, “Few things under heaven are so instructive as the lessons of the stillness, the silence in the void, or as beneficial as the fruits of meditative contemplation.” He also teaches us, “Thirty spokes converge upon a single hub; it is on the hole in the center that the use of the cart hinges. We make a vessel from a lump of clay; it is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful. We make doors and windows for a room; but it is the empty spaces that make the room livable. Thus, while the tangible has advantages, it is the intangible that makes it useful.” 

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