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Introduction to Kyu Kamae

Kyu Kamae (九構え) “Nine Stances” These are the various stances found across all the ryuha. While there are some stances from each school that are omitted here, these nine have the most overlap and thus have been grouped together. We have noted where each stance comes...

Fudoza no Kamae

Fudōza (不動坐) “Immovable Seat” Sit on the floor with one leg folded underneath you and one leg folded across the front of you. If your left leg is in front you may refer to this as Hidari Fudoza. If your right leg is in front then this would be Migi Fudoza. Found in:...

Hira/Shizen/Shizentai no Kamae

Shizen no Kamae (自然の構) “Natural Stance” Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Your knees should be slightly bent and back straight. You should feel your weight going through your heels into the ground. Relax your body and feel the sensation of your spine...

Doko no Kamae

Migi Doko no Kamae (右怒虎の構) “Right Angry Tiger’s Stance” From Migi Ichimonji, bring your left hand up to the side of your ear while maintaining it in a shikanken. The elbow should be pointed forward and not out to the side. Hidari Doko no Kamae (左怒虎の構) “Right Angry...