Re: Standing Postures in Aikido?
It's on page 30 of "Total Aikido":
"Originally there was no position in aikido that might have been called a "basic stance." The founder, Morihei Ueshiba Sensei, while saying that the basic stance was "to open your feet to the six directions [north, south, east, west, up, down]."
It's a cryptic statement, but the "up" and "down" take it out of the realm of simple directional stuff. The "six directions", "balanced in six directions", etc., is a famous statement in higher-level Chinese martial training which is mainly famous because it refers to the esoteric training of power in stances, yet you can toss it out in front of the layman and he thinks you're talking about being aware or being ready all around you.