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Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:

I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


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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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