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The Kempo Hakku (8 Poems of the Fists)

The Kempo Hakku

The Kempo Hakku is a poem from a Chinese text, The Bubishi. Around 1930 Master Chojun Miyagi named his form of Te as Goju­ryu from the 3rd line in this poem.

The thoughts contained form the basic 8 concepts of Goju-ryu

    1. Jinshin wa tenchi ni onaji
    - The mind is one with heaven and earth
    2. Ketsumyaku wa nichigetsu ni nitari
    - The circulatory rhythm of the body is similar to the cycle of the sun and the moon
    3. Ho wa goju wo tondo su
    - The way of inhaling and exhaling is both hardness and softness
    4. Mi wa toki ni shitagai hen ni ozu
    - Act in accordance with time and change
    5. Te wa ku ni ai sunawachi hairu
    - Techniques will occur in the absence of conscious thought
    6. Shintai wa hakarite riho su
    - The feet must advance and retreat, separate and meet
    7. Me wa shiho wo miru wo yosu
    - The eyes do not miss even the slightest change
    8. Mimi wa yoku happo wo kiku
    - The ears listen well in all directions
Tue 19, Jul 2005 02:03:00 by Fraser | Comments(0)


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