Ukemi, Ichimonji no Kamae, Hoko, & Shizen.
The martial arts posture of ichimonji is one of the first ways of moving your body in taihenjutsu.
In this posture we have our lead hand up and pointing forward, while our rear hand is held up to guard. In this way we create a space that our training partner has to navigate through in order to get to us. We are creating a defensive wall between us and our training partner- which we explored by moving into this defensive posture as they grabbed, kicked, and tried to punch at us.
How does the movement of ichimonji no kamae, the footwork, protect our vital points, while controlling the distance, and taking the balance of our training partner- putting us in a position to counter with a technique, or move and escape (preferred).
We also explored it from the perspective of the kihon happo- ways of striking from this posture, ways of taking the arm in omote gyaku and ura gyaku.
A posture that both protects and opens up movement opportunities.