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Old 07-10-2012, 04:03 PM   #52
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Re: A word on Time Trained and Ranking

David Skaggs wrote: View Post
Kamae: A posture or stance of readiness. In each kamae there are different positions for the hands or weapon. Jodan β€" high position; Chudan β€" middle position; Gedan β€" lower position.
A posture or stance either with or without a weapon. kamae may also connote proper distance (ma ai) with respect to one's partner. Although ``kamae'' generally refers to a physical stance, there is an important parallel in aikido between one's physical and one's psychological bearing. Adopting a strong physical stance helps to promote the correlative adoption of a strong psychological attitude. It is important to try so far as possible to maintain a positive and strong mental bearing in aikido.
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Kanji: ζ§‹γˆ
Hiragana: γ‹γΎγˆ

Kamae (ζ§‹γˆ?) is a Japanese term used in martial arts and traditional theater. It translates approximately to "posture". The Kanji of this word means "base".

Kamae is to be differentiated from the word tachi (立け?), used in Japanese martial arts to mean stance. 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 entire body, as well as encompassing one's mental posture (i.e., one's attitude). These connected mental and physical aspects of readiness may be referred to individually as kokoro-gamae (εΏƒζ§‹γˆ?) and mi-gamae (θΊ«ζ§‹γˆ?), respectively.

Well, you can use "kamae" in the sense of "posture" if the sense of the usage is "take an aggressive posture" - "take an aggressive stance".

OTOH, you wouldn't normally use it in the sense of the shape of your back or "I have lousy posture".

They're not interchangeable.



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