Michael Stuempel wrote:
Mike ... I wouldn't call it an artificial position or unrelaxed. Lining up your body to focus power at a single point at a single time may require training, but why call it unnatural? Consider the changes that competative swimmers and runners go through in order to improve their "natural" ability.
No way to really answer this one without a face-to-face demonstration about relaxation, kokyu, etc., etc. Which reminds me... who in the U.S. would be a consensus recommendation as someone who well demonstrates classical Yoshinkan kamae, ability, etc.? I'd like to watch a live Yoshinkan training session sometime.