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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Then we learn how to bring it all together and use it against various attacks. Although it is a generic term, context may mean there’s a default specific posture which is being implicitly referred to. May the Force be with You.

The Anatomy of Kamae

As we begin to grasp this, we learn to move without losing good form while in the static version of kamae. Articles containing Japanese-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April It provides a balance between attacking and defensive techniques. The heart of these studies is kajae.

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The mental space can be defined as what the attacker is thinking before the encounter. This allows for a balanced stance, regardless of positioning of one’s feet. Look at kamae, space intention, and movement as a way of controlling the kukan space on a three planes.


The Kanji of this word means “base”. Those three centers begin with the head, then spinal column, and lower abdomen. It also allows one to move freely into any desired direction. 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 human behavior.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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 bujinkam. 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.

What they will do before during bujunkan after the attack and why they are doing it are all thoughts that kammae shape as objects in this vast mental space. The basic kamae is ichimonji-no-kamae, which refers to the ‘straight-line’ that reflects the shape of the body when adopting this position. Thus, a karate instructor ordering the students to assume a front stance might shout, ” Zenkutsu dachikamaete! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

This page was last edited on 21 Aprilat The physical plane is all around you and the kamas, in front of, behind, above and below. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. While it does represent these terms mamae also represents much more as stated in our definition. Views Read Edit View history. Learn how your comment data is processed. Think of kamae as how you shape the space bujinlan between and all around you and your opponent by controlling the distance.


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Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is the study of space, distance, and shape on the physical, mental, and spiritual plane. In it, the body’s three centers of gravity are aligned on a vertical axis of gravity.

Kamae – Wikipedia

Kamae is a basic stance, also defined as natural. The spiritual space is one that is difficult to define or teach, but the gateway to this space is feeling.

This could lead down a path tumbling through failure. Authentic Ninjutsu Zenformation for the Modern Shinobi. The Heart of Kamae When thinking about kamae, most practitioners will immediately think of terms like shizen, ichimonji, hicho, or seiza no kamae.

This space can be shaped using tools, other people, weapons, etc. The kamae in Taijutsu are considered as adaptable postures that occur as kaae of sequences of movement, rather than fixed attacking or receiving positions.