Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Bujinkan Hicho No Kamae

Networking with some other martial artists, sharing the different expressions of budo.

Sharing some of the different kamae in our taijutsu training- the kyu kame, the nine postures.

What is the one kamae that I always share or show?

Hicho no kamae.



Hicho no kamae has us standing one one leg, with the other leg folded and held off the ground. Lead arm points forward, rear arm held in a boshiken, head over the shoulders and hips.


Hicho can reveal much about the development of a martial artist- exploring balance and posture first.

When moving in hicho, lifting up the leg and balancing on one leg, how smooth is the flow? Is the person even able to do this?

If the lower half of the body is held in balance, what about the upper half?

Unification of both the lower and upper half of the body in one.

In that moment when one shifts to hicho, if the balance is off due to the ground or pitch, does one try to force the kamae to work, or do they realize the mico-adjustment and shift a little back or to the side and flow in hicho?

Hicho as a way to get-in-tune with the posture and balance of the body.

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Located in Westchester New York, the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo is a martial arts training group founded in 2005 with the aim of coming together as martial arts friends to study the Japanese martial art of Masaaki Hatsumi through the lessons of the Bujinkan dojo.

As friends (buyu) we come together to grow, learn, and share our individual potential in this wonderful martial art.

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