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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The Kamae in Ninjutsu are a body positions that have many facets of utility. On the most basic levels of learning the stances help with distancing, protection, and orientation.
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The Ninjutsu kamae adds another facet to the practice by referring to attention, breath patterns, and emotional attitude as determined by body position. When thinking about kamae, most practitioners will immediately think of terms like shizen, ichimonji, hicho, or seiza no kamae.
While it does represent these terms bujinkann also represents much more as stated in our definition. In the beginning, we learn kamae as a pose that we hold before we do something else.
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.
“Kamae” – By Hatsumi Masaaki
As we begin to grasp this, we learn to move without losing good form while in the static version of kamae. Then we learn how to bring it all together and use it against various attacks. Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is the study of space, distance, and shape on the physical, mental, and spiritual plane. The heart of these studies is kamae.
Think of kamae as how you shape the space in between and all around you and your bujinkah by controlling the bujikan. One way to control and shape this space is by taking kamae, hence kamae and sabaki are one.
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. The physical plane is all around you and the attacker, in front of, behind, above and below. This space can be shaped using tools, other people, weapons, etc. Using this manner, the practitioner is no longer at the mercy of the game of matching speed, technique or power.
The mental space can be defined as what the attacker is thinking before the encounter.
“Kamae” – By Hatsumi Masaaki
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. Since we are human with 5 senses, one could as a defense strategy, control that mental space as well, with proper understanding of human perception and buiinkan behavior.
The spiritual space is one that is difficult to define or teach, but the gateway to this space is feeling. 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; akmae example of kamae.
This could lead down a path tumbling through failure. Look at kamae, space intention, and movement as a way of controlling the kukan space on a three planes. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is buijnkan.
Authentic Ninjutsu Zenformation for the Modern Shinobi. My Account Logout Wishlist. The Heart of Kamae When thinking about kamae, most practitioners will immediately think of terms like shizen, ichimonji, hicho, or seiza no kamae. Controlling 3 planes 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.
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