Using The Body : Aiki Stances

AIKI STANCES - KAMAE

 

The basic stances in most Japanese martial arts are kamae f.e. chokuritsutai kamae, hidari kamae, and so forth. In general, vertical alignment and stability are important. The kamae position must provide peace, mobility, stability and readiness. Ki is stored in the Center and the weight can easily be shifted from one side to another.


The beginstance can be either ai-hanmi or gyaku-hanmi.

Ai-hanmi

Tori and uke are with the same foot forward (left/left, right/right).

Ai-hanmi

Gyaku-hanmi

Tori and uke are with the opposite foot forward (left/right, right/left).

Gyaku-hanmi

Chokuritsutai kamae

The feet are positioned in a triangle with the heels touching. The hands are at rest touching the thighs. This is the stand used in dai-ichi-ma-ai.

Chokuritsutai

Chudan kamae

ChudanThe feet are positioned in one line behind each other. The front foot is pointing forward. The pelvis points straight forward. The hand of the lower arm is placed two-fists distance from your Center and the hand of the upper arm is extends forward at the height of your throat. The weight is slightly shifted forward. The front knee is vertically positioned on top of where your toes begin. Keep the torso straight. The arms are relaxed in a forward projection. Only your wrists are slightly flexed.

Chudan kamae

Hanza kamae

The knees are positioned in one line behind each other. The front foot is pointing forward. The pelvis points straight forward. To go to hanza kneel with rear leg across which rotates on knee to aligned position. The arms can be either in chudan or jodan position.


Jodan kamae

To change from chudan to jodan kamae circle both arms upward until the upper arm is over your head and the lower arm is extended forward as an unbendable arm at the level of your throat.

Jodan kamae

Gedan kamae

To change from chudan to gedan kamae drop your arms sideward until vertical and twist the elbows outward a little. Move your balance forward a little.

Gedan kamae

 

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