Kamaes



KAMAES - POSTURES

Kamae (構え) is a Japanese term used in martial arts and traditional theater. It translates approximately to "posture"
  • Seigan no kamae - Middle - man, keep the point of the blade to the throat of the opponent
  • Jōdan no kamae - Up - heaven, keep the katana above your head, tsuba to the center of the skull, blade should be centered up. Blade should be turned either left (migi) or right (hidari)
  • Gedan no kamae - Down - earth, keep diagonal to the floor, point to the opponent side
  • Hassō no kamae - Side behind ear, blade almost vertical, elbows look down
  • Tombo no kamae - Tsuba behind the head, keep the point of the blade diagonal to the left, elbows should be pointed down, relaxed
  • Kasumi no kamae - Point of the blade faces forward, hands at the right side with tsuka, keep the point of the blade to the face of the opponent, blade should be horisontal
  • Chudan no kamae - Side hip, keep blade horizontal to the floor, blade should be hidden behind your body, do not touch your hip
  • Gedan no kamae - Side lower, keep blade diagonal to the floor, blade should be hidden behind your body, do not touch your hip

KAMAES ORDER:
  1. Seigan no kamae
  2. Jōdan no kamae
  3. Gedan no kamae
  4. Migi Jōdan no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  5. Migi Hassō no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  6. Tambo no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  7. Migi Kasumi no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  8. Migi Waki Chudan no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  9. Migi Waki Gedan no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  10. Seigan no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  11. Jōdan no kamae (1 Step Forward)
  12. Hidari Gedan no kamae (1 Step Back)
  13. Hidari Jōdan no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  14. Hidari Hassō no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  15. Hidari Kasumi no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  16. Hidari Waki Chudan no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  17. Hidari Waki Gedan no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  18. Seigan no kamae (1/2 Step Forward)
  19. Shiburi (Shuffle Back)
  20. Noto (Slide sword back to the scabbard)
    Finish - Three Steps Back