Masaaki Hatsumi (b. ) is the founder and current Soke of the Bujinkan Organization, currently residing and teaching in the city of Noda, Chiba, Japan. Ninjutsu Techniques · Bujinkan Densho · Gyokko Ryu Koshijutsu · Kamae. Kamae. Ichimonji no Kamae · Hicho no Kamae · Jumonji no Kamae. Ryu-Ha. Kamae (構え) is a Japanese term used in martial arts and traditional theater. It translates approximately to “posture”. The Kanji of this word means “base”. Kamae.

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What they will do before during or after the attack and why they are doing it are all thoughts that take shape as objects in this vast mental space. The physical plane is all around you and the attacker, in front of, behind, above and below.

The basic kamae is ichimonji-no-kamae, which refers to the ‘straight-line’ that reflects the shape of the body when adopting this position. A great example of this would be former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson staring his opponent down thus totally destroying their fighting spirit causing them to lose the will to fight; another example of kamae.

The mental space can be defined as what the attacker is thinking before the encounter. Kamae is a basic stance, also defined as natural. Those three centers begin with the head, then spinal column, and lower abdomen. The generally used form of kamae in karate is where the martial artist places his right hand guarding the solar plexus and the left hand outstretched at shoulder height.


It provides a balance between attacking and defensive techniques. It translates approximately to “posture”. The Kanji of this word means “base”.

The Ninjutsu kamae adds another facet to the practice by referring to attention, breath patterns, and emotional attitude as determined by body position.

Learn how your comment data is processed. Thus, a karate instructor ordering the students to assume a front stance might shout, ” Zenkutsu bujinkaankamaete! The kamae in Taijutsu are considered as adaptable postures that occur as ‘snapshots’ of sequences of movement, rather than fixed attacking or receiving positions.

As stated earlier, rather than matching technique for technique, the Bujinkan teaches the practitioner to control the playing field or space on all three planes of the physical, mental and spiritual. My Account Logout Wishlist. Then we learn how to bring it all together and use it against various attacks. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

We learn hand feet and head positioning, how to form the shape, what to feel, and we develop the stamina and flexibility to hold these positions. While it does represent these terms it also represents much more as stated in our definition. The spiritual space is one that is difficult to define or teach, but the gateway to this space is feeling. Your email address will not be published. This allows for a balanced stance, regardless of positioning of one’s feet. This bujinkxn uses Akismet to reduce spam.

The Anatomy of Kamae

One way to control and shape this space is by taking kamae, hence kamae and sabaki are one. Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere.

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Articles containing Japanese-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April On the most basic levels of learning the stances help with distancing, protection, and orientation. It also allows one to move freely into any desired direction.

Bujinan of kamae as how you shape the space in between and all around you and your opponent by controlling the distance. Retrieved from ” https: Using this manner, the practitioner is no longer at the mercy of the game of matching speed, technique or power. The heart of these bjjinkan is kamae. Authentic Ninjutsu Zenformation for the Modern Shinobi.

This to allow blocking while strikes kamaae further from the body with the left hand and counter-strikes with the right hand or vice versa depending on the stance.

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Kamae – Wikipedia

This page was last edited on 21 Aprilat While tachi pronounced dachi when used in a compound refers to the position of the body from the waist down, kamae refers to the posture of the kamwe body, as well buiinkan encompassing one’s mental posture i. Views Read Edit View history. The Heart of Kamae When thinking about kamae, most practitioners will immediately think of terms like shizen, ichimonji, hicho, or seiza no kamae. In it, the body’s three centers of gravity are aligned on a vertical axis of gravity.